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  • Dempsey dropped from Germany roster after suspension by Revs for fight.

    U.S. men

    Donovan scratched for game against Germany with calf ailment.

    Landon Donovan
    Landon Donovan was scratched from the U.S. men's roster for Wednesday's game against Germany because of a calf injury suffered during the Galaxy's CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinal series.
    -- Los Angeles Galaxy web site photo --
    By Gary Davidson

    (Thursday, March 16, 2006) -- Midfielder Landon Donovan will not be able to play for the United States in next Wednesday's friendly against Germany because of a right calf injury.

    Donovan will not be replaced on the U.S roster with manager Bruce Arena taking 18 players to the match at Westfalenstadion in Dortmund, Germany. The Americans plan to arrive in Germany on Sunday.

    Donovan suffered the injury March 8 during the Los Angeles Galaxy's 3-2 loss to Deportivo Saprissa in the second leg of a CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinal series in San JosÚ, Costa Rica

    Donovan could be out for two-to-three more weeks. The 23-year-old is third in all-time goals among U.S. men with 25, behind Eric Wynalda (34) and Brian McBride (29). His 22 assists tied with midfielder Cobi Jones for the most ever.

    With 77 international appearances, Donovan was tied for second with defender Eddie Pope among the those called in to play Germany, trailing goalkeeper Kasey Keller's 90. His 16 appearances in 18 World Cup qualifiers in 2004-05 were a team high.

    The U.S. will somewhat shorthanded Wednesday after dropping midfielder Clint Dempsey from the roster yesterday following his suspension fron the New England Revolution for instigating a fight with teammate Joe Franchino. Additionally, since Wednesday is not an international fixture date, several Americans playing in Europe are not available to Arena.

    Germany will have its full team on hand.

    In other news, the U.S. Soccer Federation confirmed the sites of the last three games the Americans will play before departing for the World Cup in Germany.

    The U.S. will face Morocco May 23 at The Coliseum in Nashville, then play Venezuela May 26 at Cleveland Browns Stadium, before meeting Latvia May 28 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. All matches will kick off at 7 p.m. (ET) and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 with delayed airings by Spanish-language Telemundo.

    "I think the opposition we will be facing will give us the right type of competition we need as we move forward with our preparations for Germany," Arena said.

    The Americans already have an April 11 date with Jamaica at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Arena must submit his World Cup roster by May 15.

    The rosters for the U.S.-Germany match in Dortmund, Germany. Players' club affiliations are in parentheses.

    United States

    Goalkeepers (2): Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC, England), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany).

    Defenders (7): Gregg Berhalter (Energie Cottbus, Germany), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96, Germany), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards, Major League Soccer), Cory Gibbs (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew, MLS), Heath Pearce (FC NordsjŠlland, Denmark), Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake, MLS).

    Midfielders (6): Bobby Convey (Reading FC, England), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS), Chris Klein (Real Salt Lake, MLS), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids, MLS), Ben Olsen (D.C. United, MLS), Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City, MLS).

    Forwards (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo, MLS), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City, MLS), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution, MLS), Josh Wolff (Kansas City, MLS).


    Goalkeepers (3): Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich, Germany), Jens Lehmann (Arsenal, England), Timo Hildebrand (VfB Stuttgart, Germany).

    Defenders (8): Arne Friedrich (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Robert Huth (Chelsea, England), Marcell Jansen (Borussia Monchengladbach, Germany), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich, Germany), Per Mertesacker (Hannover 96, Germany), Patrick Owomoyela (Werder Bremen, Germany), Christoph Metzelder (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Manuel Friedrich (FC Mainz 05, Germany).

    Midfielders (8): Sebastian Kehl (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Michael Ballack (Bayern Munich, Germany), Sebastian Deisler (Bayern Munich, Germany), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich, Germany), Tim Borowski (Werder Bremen, Germany), Torsten Frings (Werder Bremen, Germany), Fabian Ernst (Schalke 04, Germany), Bernd Schneider (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany).

    Forwards (4): Gerald Asamoah (Schalke 04, Germany), Mike Hanke (Wolfsburg, Germany), Miroslav Klose (Werder Bremen, Germany), Lukas Podolski (Cologne, Germany).

    Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes managing editor. E-mail Gary Davidson.

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