DeLaGarza, Franklin and Gonzalez called into U.S. National Team

Pool to gather on Jan. 4 ahead of friendly vs. Chile on Jan. 22

CARSON, Calif. - The U.S. national
team’s January camp will have an LA
Galaxy flavor to it.

Following one of the more impressive regular season in MLS
history, three Galaxy players were named to the 24-man roster
called up by Bob Bradley on Tuesday.
The Galaxy trio of defenders A.J. DeLaGarza, Sean Franklin and Omar Gonzalez will be in camp starting on January 4. The
U.S. will
conclude its January camp with a
friendly against Chile on the 22nd at The Home Depot Center. BUY TICKETS

The roster as a whole is young, with an average age just
over 23. Half of the players have a chance to debut for the national team, and
only one player has more than five caps.

“The timing is right to assess many of the younger
players and to broaden the player pool as we look forward to the next three
years,” Bradley said in a statement. “These extended camps give the coaching
staff an opportunity to work with these players closely, and at the same time
expose them to what the environment and expectations are like at the
international level.”

Of the three Galaxy players called
into camp, only Omar Gonzalez has earned a cap for the U.S. He
made his international debut on August 10, playing the full 90 minutes in
central defense in a 2-0 loss to Brazil at the New Meadowlands
Stadium. The 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year and finalist for the 2010 MLS Defender
of the Year award, Gonzalez has quickly established himself as one of the top
central defenders in MLS. In two years with the Galaxy, Gonzalez has appeared in
58 regular season games, scoring three times and adding one assist. The Galaxy’s
2010 Defender of the Year, Gonzalez has started all seven of the club’s
postseason games over the past two years, adding a goal and an assist, while
helping LA reach MLS Cup in 2009 and win the Supporters’ Shield in
2010.

The 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year,
Sean Franklin is in camp with the U.S. for the third time in his
career, though he is still looking to make his first appearance for the Red
White and Blue. The 25-year-old was first called into Bob Bradley’s squad in
November 2008 ahead of a 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against
Guatemala in Colorado. Franklin did not play in that game, but he was back in camp
with the U.S. in January 2009, only to be
forced to leave camp and undergo sports hernia surgery. In three years with the
Galaxy, Franklin
has appeared in 65 regular season games while helping his team reach the
postseason twice. In 2010, Franklin set a career-high with six assists,
which were good for third on the club. The fourth oldest field player in the
24-man squad, Franklin was used on the right side of midfield and in central
defense this season, in addition to his usual position at right
back.

Rounding out the group is A.J.
DeLaGarza, who is making his first appearance in a camp with the senior National
Team. The Galaxy’s second round pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft out of Maryland,
DeLaGarza has established himself as one of the most versatile and reliable
young defenders in the league. The 23-year-old has been used on the right and
left sides of defense, as well as in central defense, where he played for much
of the second half of last season. The 23-year-old has appeared in 39 regular
season games for the Galaxy in his two years with the club, scoring twice and
adding an assist. He was used primarily as at outside back during his rookie
season in 2009 when he helped the Galaxy return to MLS Cup for the first time
since 2005. In 2010, he started four regular season games and all three of the
club’s postseason games in central defense, while also making seven starts at
right back and three on the left side of defense.

Recently
crowned MLS champions Colorado Rapids and fellow Cup finalists FC Dallas lead
the way among the league’s clubs, with four players from each of the two sides.
Matt Pickens, Jeff Larentowicz, Anthony Wallace, and Marvell Wynne will come
from Colorado,
while Brek Shea, Eric Alexander, Zach Loyd, and Ugo
Ihemelu.

Interestingly, Shea was named on the roster as a midfielder;
however, there is a chance he could see time as a central defender, where he
shined on the recent Generation adidas tour in Spain.

The players will gather
in Southern California on Jan.
4.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION

GOALKEEPERS
(4): Dominic Cervi (Celtic), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS
(9): A.J. DeLaGarza (Los Angeles Galaxy), Sean
Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez
(Los Angeles Galaxy), Ugo Ihemelu (FC Dallas), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Ryan Miller (Halmstads BK),
Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Anthony Wallace
(Colorado Rapids), Marvell Wynne (Colorado Rapids)

MIDFIELDERS
(7): Eric Alexander (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Sam Cronin (San Jose
Earthquakes), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Dax
McCarty (D.C. United), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)

FORWARDS
(4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Justin
Braun (Chivas USA), Teal
Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski
(San Jose
Earthquakes)

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