CARSON, Calif. -- Columbus Crew defender Frankie Hejduk was added to the U.S. training camp roster Thursday ahead of next month's World Cup qualifier against Mexico.
Twenty players, all but one from Major League Soccer, are training ahead of the match, the first for the U.S. team in the final round of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean. The U.S. team will shift to Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 11, four days ahead of the game.
European-based players will join with the team in Columbus. Most of the starters are expected to come from the Europe-based group, which includes forward Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey; midfielders DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Bradley; defenders Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Steve Cherundolo and Heath Pearce; and goalkeeper Tim Howard.
The training camp roster:
Goalkeepers: Jon Busch (Chicago), Will Hesmer (Columbus), Matt Pickens (Colorado).
Defenders: Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus), Ugo Ihemelu (Colorado), Chris Wingert (Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto).
Midfielders: Brian Carroll (Columbus), Ricardo Clark (Houston), Eddie Gaven (Columbus), Stuart Holden (Houston), Jack Jewsbury (Kansas City), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus), John Thorrington (Chicago).
Forwards: Brian Ching (Houston), Kenny Cooper (Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby, Norway), Chris Rolfe (Chicago).
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