Goodson Called In to U.S. Camp; Ching Assesses His World Cup Chances

Rangy defender Clarence Goodson will depart preseason training in Spain with his Norwegian club IK Start and fly to Carson, Calif., to join the 22 other players currently in camp with U.S. coach Bob Bradley. The players are training in advance of next Wednesday’s friendly with El Salvador (7:00 p.m. EST, ESPN Classic, TeleFutura).

Goodson replaces defender Kevin Alston, who suffered a strained hamstring in training with the New England Revolution and was unable to make the start of camp on Feb 10. The goal-scorer in the U.S.’s 3-1 loss to Honduras last month, Goodson will be the only foreign-based player in camp.

Here is the full roster, by position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Zach Thornton (Chivas USA) 


DEFENDERS (7): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Orozco (Philadelphia Union), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)

FORWARDS (4): Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)

In other national-team developments, Brian Ching gave an interview to U.S. Soccer in which he discusses his experience with the team (it’s easy to forget Ching has 43 caps), a bout of burnout last year, and his chances to make Bradley’s 23-man roster for South Africa. Give it a read here.

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