Klinsmann names squad for Ticos test

Former Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann will seek his first victory as manager of the United States national team when the Americans play host to Costa Rica on Friday in a friendly.

Ten of the 21 players called up for a 1-1 draw with Mexico on 10 August in Klinsmann's debut will return for the US, including Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard and Rangers team-mates Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu.

"We are excited to get the group back together and to see some fresh new faces," Klinsmann said. "We will continue to get to know the players and gather some valuable information. "Hopefully we can continue where we left off from the game against Mexico."

We are excited to get the group back together and to see some fresh new faces.
Jurgen Klinsmann, USA coach

Robbie Rogers of the Columbus Crew, who scored against Mexico, and Brek Shea of FC Dallas are also back in the American line-up.

Los Angeles Galaxy star Landon Donovan will play for the Americans against Costa Rica on his club's home pitch, but will not make the trip to Europe to face Belgium in a friendly on Tuesday in Brussels.

The Americans will, however, gain Fulham playmaker Clint Dempsey for the Belgium match. He did not make the trip to Los Angeles from England because of back spasms, but is set to be on the pitch next week.

Central midfielder Michael Bradley, the son of former US coach Bob Bradley, was not among those called to the US roster for the matches.

Among the newcomers seeing Klinsmann for the first time as USA coach are forward Jozy Altidore of AZ Alkmaar, midfielder Sacha Kljestan of Anderlecht and Birmingham City defender Jonathan Spector.