There were few surprises in the United States' 30-man preliminary squad for this summer's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
Five English Premier League players are included, while Villarreal's Jozy Altidore spent part of the season at Hull and Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan was on loan at Everton prior to the Major League Soccer campaign.
The squad will meet up in Princeton on 15 May and play friendlies with Czech Republic in Connecticut on 25 May and Turkey in Philadelphia on 29 May prior to the final 23-man squad being submitted to FIFA by the 1 June deadline.
We are very excited to get this group together to begin our pre-World Cup training camp as we continue to prepare for the challenge of the World Cup.
Coach Bob Bradley has named a squad of three goalkeepers - all based in the Premier League - nine defenders, 12 midfielders and six forwards. Charlie Davies has not been named. The Sochaux striker was injured in a fatal car crash last October and returned to training only last month. Freddy Adu, once a child prodigy linked with the world's best clubs, has also missed out.
DaMarcus Beasley, who today announced he will be leaving Rangers, is one of two players selected from the Scottish champions, along with Maurice Edu.
Bradley said on USsoccer.com: "Throughout the past three years a number of players have contributed to our journey toward South Africa and we appreciate all of their efforts. We are very excited to get this group together to begin our pre-World Cup training camp as we continue to prepare for the challenge of the World Cup."
The United States were drawn in Group C alongside Algeria, Slovenia and England, their opponents in their first game in Rustenburg on 12 June. It will be the USA's sixth successive FIFA World Cup finals appearance.
Squad: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolves); Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham); DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Monchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Jose Torres (Pachuca); Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki)
*Please note that squad lists only become official after they have been submitted to and announced by FIFA.