U.S. men's national team news

Hejduk added to U.S. roster for qualifiers

October 6, 2009

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Columbus Crew defender Frankie Hejduk has been added to the United States roster for World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Costa Rica.

The 35-year-old scored the final goal in a 2-2 tie at El Salvador in qualifying on March 28. He was on the U.S. roster for 1998 and 2002 World Cups, then was picked for the 2006 roster before missing the tournament due to a torn knee ligament.

Hejduk has played in 17 qualifiers and started the first three this year before a groin injury. He replaces midfielder Clint Dempsey, who will miss Saturday's match at Honduras because of a sprained right shoulder. It's not clear whether Dempsey will be able to play Oct. 14 against Costa Rica in Washington.

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