Freddy Adu has made the U.S. squad for next month’s Gold Cup as
well as a June 4 friendly against World Cup champion Spain, the
first time in two years he’s been selected.
The 21-year-old midfielder has struggled to fulfill the
potential he showed when he joined D.C. United at age 14, being
left off the World Cup squad last year. But he’s recently received
regular playing time at Rizespor in Turkey.
U.S. coach Bob Bradley’s 23-man squad is heavy on veterans,
including Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore
and captain Carlos Bocanegra. He also chose up-and-comers Juan
Agudelo, Eric Lichaj and Tim Ream for the Gold Cup, involving teams
from North and Central America and the Caribbean.
The Americans will begin gathering for training camp Thursday in
Cary, North Carolina. After playing Spain in Foxborough,
Massachusetts, the U.S. opens Gold Cup group play against Canada on
June 7 in Detroit.
Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann
(Wolverhampton Wanderers), Nick Rimando (Salt Lake).
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein
(Tigres), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby),
Eric Lichaj (Leeds), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), Tim Ream (New
York), Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
Midfielders: Freddy Adu (Rizespor), Michael Bradley (Aston
Villa), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles),
Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (New England), Jermaine
Jones (Blackburn), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Robbie Rogers
Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New York), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor),
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose).