New USA national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has left Fulham star Clint Dempsey out of his first squad after taking the reins from Bob Bradley late last week. The German tactician has named a 22-man squad to travel to Philadelphia to prepare for the August 10 match against arch rivals Mexico at Lincoln Financial Field.
Klinsmann has decided not to select Dempsey, who has already kicked off his season with a Europa League outing on Thursday night, and a heavy schedule coming up with the Premier League opener on August 13 and further European matches on the 18th and 25th.
Everton's Tim Howard has been joined by DC United youngster Bill Hamid in the goalkeeping ranks whilst LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan, New York Red Bulls young gun Juan Agudelo, Schalke's Jermaine Jones and captain Carlos Bocanegra are amongst the 22 players.
"One of the goals of the roster for this game and moving forward is to create competition at each position," said Klinsmann.
"There are many players who are established as well as many players who will get opportunities, and we want there to be a healthy contest for spots on the roster. We will get a good look at where each player is as quickly as we can during the short time in camp, and we will finish with an exciting game against Mexico."
USA squad for Mexico friendly - August 10
Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne) Edgar Castillo (Club America) Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg) Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96) Clarence Goodson (Brondby) Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis) Heath Pearce (Chivas USA) Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach) Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt) Maurice Edu (Rangers) Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04) Brek Shea (FC Dallas) José Torres (Pachuca)