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Johnson, Evans (and Hall) called in to national team

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Jan. 6, 2013 at 10:37 am with No Comments »
January 6, 2013 3:46 pm

Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson and midfielder Brad Evans were called in today the United States men’s national team January camp. (And so was Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall of Gig Harbor.)

The USA national team will face Canada on Jan. 29 in Houston and visit Honduras on Feb. 6.

Here’s the news release from the Sounders:

Seattle Sounders FC announced today that midfielder Brad Evans and forward Eddie Johnson have been called in by the U.S. National Team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Honduras as well as a friendly against Canada. The 25-player roster will report to the team’s January camp beginning Monday, January 7, at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif.

Evans, 27, has six caps for the United States. He was called in by the U.S. National Team in January 2012 for friendlies against Venezuela and Panama. Evans’ first three appearances for the USMNT came in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, with his last competitive match against Haiti at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on July 11, 2009.

Johnson, 28, leads the roster with 44 caps and 14 goals for the United States. He helped the team advance to the Final Round of qualifying with two goals and one assist in matches against Antigua and Barbuda and Guatemala in October. Johnson made his national team debut in 2004, and his call-up last October was his first national team action since 2010.

“There is a tremendous amount of talent in the player pool. We follow these players very carefully, and the group coming in is the next line to challenge the players ahead of them in the National Team,” said head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “This is absolutely a huge opportunity, and we’re looking forward to working with them. We are getting ready for the friendly against Canada, and also the big World Cup qualifier in Honduras, so these are going to be an important few weeks of preparation.”

Evans and Johnson will join the U.S. National Team for a friendly against Canada on January 29 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston as well as the first match of the Final Round of World Cup qualifying on February 6 against Honduras at Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Evans and Johnson will join Sounders FC preseason training in February.

Here’s the full roster:

Goalkeepers (3): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)

Defenders (9): Steven Beitashour (SJ Earthquakes), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), AJ De La Garza (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Connor Lade (NY Red Bulls), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Justin Morrow (SJ Earthquakes), Jeff Parke (Philadelphia Union)

Midfielders (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (out of contract), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards (5): Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Edson Buddle (Colorado Rapids), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (SJ Earthquakes)

And here’s a set of roster notes from U.S. Soccer:

ROSTER NOTES
• Of the 25 players called into camp, a total of 21 ply their trade in Major League Soccer and three play professionally overseas.
• Major League Soccer has 12 of 19 clubs represented among the players called into Carson. The Houston Dynamo (Will Bruin, Brad Davis and Tally Hall), San Jose Earthquakes (Steven Beitashour, Justin Morrow and Chris Wondolowski), and Sporting Kansas City (Matt Besler, Benny Feilhaber and Graham Zusi) lead the way with three representatives each. Brad Evans, Eddie Johnson and Jeff Parke played together in Seattle in 2012, before Parke was traded to Philadelphia in the offseason.
• Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson leads the roster in both caps and international goals. The veteran has scored 14 goals in his 44 appearances for the MNT. Johnson scored a pair of goals and earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors in leading the U.S. to a 2-1 win against Antigua & Barbuda on Oct. 12, 2012, in the Semifinal Round of World Cup qualifying.
• San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski tied Roy Lassiter’s MLS single-season goals record in 2012 with 27 total. Wondolowski collected both the MLS Golden Boot and MVP award and was named MLS Player of the Month four times.
• Three players were MLS Best XI selections in 2012. Wondolowski received the honor for the third time in his career, while Sporting Kansas City teammates Matt Besler and Graham Zusi received the honor for the first time.
• Zusi used the January camp last year to catapult into a regular role with the Men’s National Team, scoring the game-winner in the 1-0 win on Jan. 25, 2012, in Panama. He went on to appear in six games, including three in World Cup qualifying.
• Will Bruin scored a career-high 12 goals in the MLS regular season in 2012 and has four goals in six postseason games. Houston reached the MLS Cup final for the second consecutive season.
• In his most recent appearance with the Men’s National Team, Mix Diskerud notched his first career international goal when he scored in second-half stoppage time to help the U.S to a 2-2 draw against ninth-ranked Russia on Nov. 14, 2012. Joshua Gatt collected his first cap and his first start that day.
• Omar Gonzalez scored a goal and earned MLS Cup MVP honors when the LA Galaxy won its second-consecutive league championship in a 3-1 win against Houston on Dec. 1, 2012.
• A total of eight players are looking to get their first cap with the senior team: Steven Beitashour, Tony Beltran, Matt Besler, Will Bruin, Tally Hall, Connor Lade, Alfredo Morales and Justin Morrow.
• Additionally, eight players on the roster are age 23 and under. Juan Agudelo, the first Development Academy alum to play for the senior team, is the youngest at 20 years old.
• Goalkeeper Bill Hamid recorded a shutout and a win in his first career start with the U.S. Men in the 1-0 victory against Venezuela on Jan. 21, 2012, in Phoenix. Sean Johnson earned a share of the spoils in the 1-0 win against Panama four days later, splitting time with Nick Rimando.

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