Landon Donovan is back on the U.S. national team.
A 35-man provisional roster for July’s Gold Cup was released by tournament organizers Friday and Donovan’s name was on the list. But the key word here is provisional because the roster can -- and will -- change before the U.S. begins play in the tournament July 9 against Belize in Portland, Ore.
Donovan hasn’t played for the national team since August and U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann, who said he has been following Donovan’s comeback from his self-imposed sabbatical closely, doesn’t think Donovan is fully fit yet. But with the U.S. team playing a summer schedule heavy with World Cup qualifiers, he said he would likely use a “B” team thoughout much of the Gold Cup, opening the way for Donovan’s return.
Donovan is the national team’s all-time leader in both goals and assists
Donovan’s Galaxy teammate, defender Omar Gonzalez, who is currently with the national team, was also named to the Gold Cup roster.
The provisional roster (in alphabetical order):
Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Heisingborgs), Anthony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Joe Corono (Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg), Landon Donovan (Galaxy), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Omar Gonzalexz (Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (DC United), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), John McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Oguchialu Onyewu (Malaga), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Ausburg), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Brek Shea (Stoke City), Jose Torres (Tigres), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC).