Adu called up by US for Spain friendly, Gold Cup

Adu called up by US for Spain friendly, Gold Cup

Published May. 23, 2011 10:04 p.m. ET

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.



The squad:

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 (Columbus).

Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New York), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose).