It's no surprise that the Revolution's freshly-signed forward Juan Agudelo wasn't called up to US national team for June World Cup Qualifiers and two friendlies against Belgium and Germany.
The young forward has been nursing a hamstring injury and hasn't seen consistent minutes on the field in 2013. Playing time is a big factor for US Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann when he considers calling players up to the national team.
"I haven't spoken to him lately," said Juan Agudelo. "Hopefully he is watching."
"He's pretty big on players who are in a good run, good momentum, and consistently playing ninety minutes. He wants them to be fully fit and ready."
What is surprising, however, is that Klinsmann continues to not call Landon Donovan back to the national team. After taking a break from soccer in the spring, Donovan has returned to his old form and looks poised to help the national team again. On Wednesday night, his goal and two assists helped lead the Los Angeles Galaxy past the Philadelphia Union, 4-1.
Klinsmann, who announced that Donovan would not be part of this roster a few days before he released it, needs him to continue to prove himself.
"Not talking out names, but there are players clearly ahead of Landon Donovan in how we see things,” Klinsmann said. “Again, things will develop over time. We see now how he will do in the next couple of weeks, months, and we’ll look at the entire picture and make our call."
What's also surprising is the fact that Klinsmann has called six goalkeepers into the squad. Tim Howard and Brad Guzan are both the top two keepers, though it appears Klinsmann wants Sean Johnson (Chicago), Nick Rimando (Salt Lake), Bill Hamid (DC) and Tally Hall (Houston) to continue to learn the ropes within the national team camp.
Former Revolution players Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg) and Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) both earned calls. Parkhurst, a defender, recently transferred to the Bundesliga after playing in Champions League with Nordsjaelland in the fall. Dempsey has had another successful Premier League season, scoring seven goals this season, and is probably the US' best offensive threat.
Stuart Holden (Bolton) and Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht) have both earned their first call-ups in many months, but for different reasons. Holden has been out injured, while Kljestan has somehow slipped under Klinsmann's radar despite having played in Champions League this season.
The defense continues to be without long-time captain Carlos Bocanegra, who said earlier this week he was considering a move back to MLS. But Klinsmann looks very satisfied with an MLS-based central defense partnership between Matt Besler (Kansas City) and Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles), which ushered the US to a cleansheet in their last qualifier in Mexico City.
GOALKEEPERS (6): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton/England), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby/Denmark), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/Germany), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg/Germany)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Michael Bradley (Roma/Italy), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor/Turkey), Stuart Holden (Bolton/England), Jermaine Jones (Schalke/Germany), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht/Belgium), Brek Shea (Stoke City/England), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim/Germany), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna/Austria), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur/England), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna/Mexico), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)
On Thursday, the Revolution cut ties with winger Sainey Nyassi. Nyassi, 24, joined the Revolution in 2007 after impressing former coach Steve Nicol at the U-20 World Cup. Despite being from the Gambia, Nyassi had a Green Card and did not occupy an international roster spot. In 104 regular season appearances, Nyassi accrued 75 starts, eight goals, and four assists. He has four caps with the Gambia's national team.
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