Ching, Orozco added to U.S. camp

Forward Brian Ching and defender Michael Orozco have been added to

the 23-man roster U.S. roster for a training camp ahead of a Feb.

24 World Cup warmup against El Salvador at Tampa, Fla.

The all-Major League Soccer roster includes 21 of the 30

players, and 10 of the starting 11, invited to last month’s

training camp ahead of a 3-1 exhibition loss to Honduras on Jan.

23. Players will gather Feb. 10 in Carson, Calif., and travel to

Florida on Feb. 21.

Ching, a member of the 2006 World Cup roster, decided to skip

the January camp to concentrate on individual workouts ahead of the

Houston Dynamo training. He is the veteran on the roster with 10

goals in 43 international appearances.

Orozco was acquired by the expansion Philadelphia Union on

Jan. 29 from the Mexican club San Luis.

“These are important opportunities for these players as we

continue to formulate our plans for the roster for the World Cup,”

U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. “This camp and the game against El

Salvador provide a chance for the coaching staff to get one more

long look at this group.”

Three players who had been in the January camp were dropped

by Bradley: Kansas City goalkeeper Kevin Hartman (Kansas City), San

Jose defender Brandon McDonald (San Jose) and Chivas USA forward

Justin Braun.

Kansas City defender Jimmy Conrad was ejected from the

Honduras match and likely will be suspended for the El Salvador


New England midfielder Jeff Larentowicz and Aalborg forward

Marcus Tracy left the January camp early because of knee injuries.

Three of the players who had been with the national team

returned to their teams in Scandinavia: IK Start defender Clarence

Goodson, Orebro midfielder Alejandro Bedoya and Aarhus midfielder

Benny Feilhaber.

Europe-based players will be called in for a March 3

exhibition at the Netherlands, the last match before Bradley

selects his 23-man World Cup roster.

The Americans plan two exhibitions in the Northeast before

heading to South Africa., They open their sixth straight World Cup

appearance against England on June 12, play Slovenia six days later

and close the first round on June 23 against Algeria.

The training camp roster:

Goalkeepers: Troy Perkins (D.C.), Nick Rimando (Salt Lake),

Zach Thornton (Chivas USA)

Defenders: Kevin Alston (New England), Jonathan Bornstein

(Chivas USA), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles), Chad Marshall

(Columbus), Michael Orozco (Philadelphia), Heath Pearce (Dallas),

Marvell Wynne (Toronto)

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Salt Lake), Geoff Cameron

(Houston), Brad Davis (Houston), Brad Evans (Seattle), Eddie Gaven

(Columbus), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas), Dax McCarty (Dallas), Chris

Pontius (D.C.), Robbie Rogers (Columbus)

Forwards: Conor Casey (Colorado), Brian Ching (Houston), Jeff

Cunningham (Dallas), Robbie Findley (Salt Lake)