UPDATE: FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd has been forced to withdraw from USMNT camp due to injury. Loyd, along with Chivas USA defender Heath Pearce, will be replaced by Chris Pontius and Jonathan Spector.
CHICAGO – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea and defender Zach Loyd to a squad of 24 players to prepare for the upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and Belgium.
“We are excited to be one of only two MLS teams to have multiple players called into U.S. National Team camp,” FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn said. “Both Brek and Zach are deserving of this honor, having displayed the ability to excel at the MLS level. I am sure they will continue that success on the international stage.”
The U.S. first hosts Costa Rica on Sept. 2 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3.com and Galavision. Four days later, coverage from King Baudouin Stadium begins at 1:30 p.m. CT on ESPN and ESPN3.com.
“We are excited to get the group back together and to see some fresh new faces,” said Klinsmann. “We will continue to get to know the players and gather some valuable information during our 10 days together. Hopefully we can continue where we left off from the game against Mexico.”
Many of the players from the 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10 in Philadelphia return for their second camp under Klinsmann. FC Dallas’ Shea entered that match in the 60th minute, instantly shifting the momentum in favor of the U.S.
The U.S. goal came on a play that began when Club America’s Edgar Castillo took a throw-in in the 73rd minute. Castillo found Red Bull New York forward Juan Agudelo, who was almost on the end line. Agudelo touched the ball back to the charging Shea, who shrugged off the challenge of Israel Castro, burst to the end line, and then sent a pass on the ground through the six-yard box that evaded the diving Guillermo Ochoa at the near post. The cross rolled right into the path of the totally unmarked Robbie Rogers at the far post, and he tapped in from four yards out.
Loyd, who was called into replace defender Timmy Chandler for the match against Mexico, was the fifth pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. Loyd has played in 24 games for FC Dallas this season, scoring once and adding three assists for the defending Western Conference Champions. He made his international debut on Jan. 22 against Chile, starting and going 72 minutes in the 1-1 draw.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)