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  • Donovan scratched for game against Germany with calf ailment.
  • Dempsey dropped from Germany roster after suspension by Revs for fight.

    U.S. men

    Hejduk has strained hamstring, is replaced by Feilhaber on roster for Germany match.

    DORTMUND, Germany (Sunday, March 19, 2006) -- Defender Frankie Hejduk, who has a strained hamstring, is the latest American to be ruled out of the United States men's match against Germany Wednesday at Westfalenstadion.

    The 2:25 p.m. (ET) match will be broadcast live by ESPN2 and on a delayed basis by Spanish-language Telemundo.

    Hejduk suffered his injury during preseason Major League Soccer training with the Columbus Crew.

    Midfielder Benny Feilhaber, 20, who plays with Hamburg SV in Germany, was called in to replace Hejduk on the team that arrived today in Dortmund. Feilhaber has never played for the U.S. men, but was a standout with the American under-20 men in the World Youth Championship last year in the Netherlands.

    Arena will have only 18 players. Midfielder Landon Donovan was left home with a strained right calf, while midfielder Clint Dempsey was dropped from the roster after he was suspended by the MLS's New England Revolution for instigating a fight with teammate Joe Franchino.

    Germany manager Jürgen Klinsmann has had to deal with some injuries of his own, one particularly serious. Bayern Munich midfielder Sebastian Deisler, who was projected to be a starter in this summer's World Cup, has been diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will be sidelined for at least six months.

    Werder Bremen midfielder Torsten Frings has also been scratched. U.S. fans remember him for his apparent hand-ball that kept the ball out of the net without a referee's call in Germany's 1-0 victory over the U.S. in the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals.

    Striker Michael Hanke, who suffered a bruised hip in VfL Wolfsburg's 1-0 loss at home to Hamburg Saturday in Germany's Bundesliga, also was ruled out. Klinsmann recalled Borussia Mönchengladbach forward Oliver Neuville to take his place.


    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 Mönchengladbach, Germany).

    Defenders (6): Gregg Berhalter (Energie Cottbus, Germany), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96, Germany), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards, Major League Soccer), Cory Gibbs (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands), Heath Pearce (FC Nordsjælland, Denmark), Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake, MLS).

    Midfielders (6): Bobby Convey (Reading FC, England), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburg SV, Germany), 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).

    Germany

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

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

    Midfielders (6): Tim Borowski (Werder Bremen, Germany), Michael Ballack (Bayern Munich, Germany), Fabian Ernst (Schalke 04, Germany), Sebastian Kehl (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Bernd Schneider (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich, Germany).

    Forwards (4): Gerald Asamoah (Schalke 04, Germany), Miroslav Klose (Werder Bremen, Germany), Oliver Neuville (Borussia Mönchengladbach, Germany), Lukas Podolski (Cologne, Germany).

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