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By DAN KARELL
Landon Donovan’s sparkling form in Major League Soccer hasn’t gone unnoticed.
United States Men’s National Team manager Jurgen Klinsmann, who left the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder off his June World Cup qualifying roster, included Donovan on a provisional list of 35 players that could be chosen for the 2013 Gold Cup.
Also set for a potential recall to the national team are defenders Carlos Bocanegra and Oguchi Onyewu, once permanent fixtures in the side but injuries and lack of playing time has left them out of the team. Onyewu has not been called in since June of last year, while Bocanegra has been out of the squad since the 2-1 defeat to Honduras, where he was left on the substitutes bench.
Young forwards Bobby Wood and Jack McInerney have been included as well and if selected for the final 23-man squad, would be in line to make their first senior appearances for their nation. In addition, if he appears in a Gold Cup match, midfielder Mikkel “Mix” Diskerud would be permanently cap-tied to the U.S.
Here is the provisional USMNT Gold Cup roster:
GOALKEEPERS- Bill Hamid, Sean Johnson, Nick Rimando, Tally Hall
DEFENDERS- Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler, Clarence Goodson, Edgar Castillo, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Parkhurst, Corey Ashe, Tony Beltran, Michael Orozco
MIDFIELDERS- Kyle Beckerman, Graham Zusi, Brek Shea, Joe Corona, Stuart Holden, Brad Davis, Alejandro Bedoya, Mikkel Diskerud, Brad Evans, Josh Gatt, Benny Feilhaber, Eddie Johnson, Jose Torres
FORWARDS- Will Bruin, Herculez Gomez, Landon Donovan, Alan Gordon, Jack McInerney, Chris Wondolowski, Bobby Wood
What do you think of the squad? Excited to see Donovan back? Did any of the selections surprise you? Who do you think should have been included on the list?
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