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US Men's National Team: Familiar Call-ups For Mexico Friendly

The US Men's National Team camp for the friendly will have some faces familiar to fans of Los Angeles club soccer.

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The US Men's National Team camp for the friendly will have some faces familiar to fans of Los Angeles club soccer. Los Angeles Galaxy captain Landon Donovan is on the roster as a forward, and former teammate Edson Buddle joins him on the list. Chivas USA also has a representative, as Heath Pierce gets a defensive call-up. Former Goat and current scapegoat Jonathan Bornstein was left off the roster. 

Edson Buddle got his first US National Team call-up in 2003, after spending time with the U-20 team. He has two goals in six games at the national team level. It's his first stint with the national team since leaving MLS for the Bundesliga at the end of 2010. 

Heath Pearce was a US National Team regular under Bob Bradley, but hasn't seen action since before the 2010 World Cup. Someone amusingly, his spot was often blocked by Bornstein, who he replaced on Chivas USA. 

It will be interesting to see how Juergen Klinsman uses Landon Donovan. Bob Bradley, during the run of the Gold Cup, both benched Donovan and gave the captain's armband to Carlos Bocanegra

The US faces Mexico next Wednesday in a friendly at Lincoln Financial Field. Neither the Galaxy nor Chivas have games scheduled for that Wednesday, so there will be no matches missed for any of the LA club players. 

The full roster: 

Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Everton), Bill Hamid (D.C. United).

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hanover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls).

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Moenchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), José Torres (Pachuca).

Forwards: Freddy Adu (Benfica), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy).