Pro Soccer News: CHRIS PONTIUS AND JONATHAN SPECTOR ADDED TO U.S. ROSTER
Zach Loyd and Heath Pearce Withdraw with Injury Concerns; Clint Dempsey to Join Team in Belgium
Yesterday's soccer news was that Heath Pearce was called up to join the impressive list of players on the roster for the U.S. Men's National Team -- today, he is out and Clint Dempsey is in. With all these recent injuiries, it is hard to keep up - but at least there is someone very much in charge and clearly calling the shots.
U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added Chris Pontius and Jonathan Spector to the roster for the match against Costa Rica on Sept. 2 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd and Chivas USA defender Heath Pearce have withdrawn due to injury.
Spector has appeared 31 times for the United States and is a veteran of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He moved to Birmingham City of the English League Championship this summer following five seasons at West Ham United. Pontius is making his second appearance in a U.S. national team camp after participating in the January camp in 2010, and the third-year D.C. United midfielder will be looking to earn his first cap.
Zach Loyd has been nursing a right hamstring strain and did not play this past Saturday when FC Dallas won 3-2 at Sporting Kansas City. That same evening, Chivas USA defender Heath Pearce suffered a hamstring strain and left in the 61st minute of the 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake.
Additionally, Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey will remain in London to receive treatment for back spasms. Dempsey will join the team in Brussels on Sunday in advance of the match against Belgium on Sept. 6 at King Badouin Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN3.com.
Tickets for USA-Costa Rica starting at $20 are on sale through ussoccer, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Los Angeles area (including Walmart and La Curacao stores), and at The Home Depot Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. The match kicks off at 8 p.m. PT and will be televised live on ESPN2 and Galavision.
At the stadium U.S. Soccer will continue to implement the Respect Campaign, which was launched in 2011 and includes a number of initiatives to enhance the game experience, particularly in the areas of customer service and fan-friendly behavior. U.S. Soccer is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for fans to enjoy the special atmosphere at these matches.
As part of the week of activity in Carson, the U.S. Men’s National Team will hold a public training session Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 5-6 p.m. at The Home Depot Center. Admission and parking are free and open to the public. Fans who plan on attending are requested to register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All training times and locations are subject to change.
U.S. TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Edgar Castillo (Club América), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)