Brad Davis, Clarence Goodson and Chris Wondolowski Added to U.S. MNT Roster for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
Wondolowski Replaces Injured Eddie Johnson
CHICAGO (Oct. 10, 2013) - U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added midfielder Brad Davis, defender Clarence Goodson and forward Chris Wondolowski to the training camp roster. The trio will join camp Thursday afternoon in Kansas City, bringing the roster to 22 players.
Wondolowski replaces Eddie Johnson, who suffered a left groin strain during Wednesday’s training session. Johnson will undergo an MRI evaluation later today.
All three players saw action in MLS last night, with Davis’ Houston Dynamo drawing 0-0 with Sporting Kansas City. Wondolowski scored the game-winner and Goodson went 90 minutes as the San Jose Earthquakes picked up a 1-0 win against the Colorado Rapids. Both the Dynamo and the Earthquakes are idle this weekend.
Davis has six U.S. MNT appearances in 2013, including three FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He entered as a substitute in the historic 0-0 draw against Mexico on March 22 at Estadio Azteca.
Goodson has 43 caps and five goals to his credit, and he was a starter on the squad that captured the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship. His most recent appearance came in the 2-0 win against Mexico on Sept. 10 in Columbus that secured the USA's spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Wondolowski went on a tear during the 2013 Gold Cup, scoring five goals to earn a share of the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer along with Landon Donovan and Gabriel Torres of Panama. His scoring tally in the group stage included a hat trick in the 6-1 win against Belize, and then a brace four days later when the U.S. collected a 4-1 win against Cuba.
The U.S. closes out the Hexagonal with a home match against Jamaica on Oct. 11 in Kansas City, before completing the campaign on the road against Panama on Oct. 15 in Panama City.
Kickoff at sold-out Sporting Park is set for 5:30 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Four days later, the U.S. closes out the final round when it faces Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernandez (8:30 p.m. CT, beIN SPORT). Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.
Currently ranked 13th in the world, the United States holds a one point lead over Costa Rica at the top of the group and has the chance to finish in first place in CONCACAF qualifying for the third consecutive cycle.
In front of a raucous, capacity crowd of 24,584 on Sept.10 at Columbus Crew Stadium, the U.S. Men's National Team defeated Mexico 2-0 to earn a berth in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. With the win, the MNT set a record for victories in a calendar year with 14, improving to 14-3-2 in 2013 and topping the previous record of 13 wins set in 2005 and 2009.