Onyewu back on US roster for upcoming matches

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MIAMI (AP) - Defender Oguchi Onyewu will rejoin the U.S. men’s national soccer team for upcoming matches against Honduras and Ecuador.

Onyewu is one of only three players on the 22-man list released Thursday who has not been in camp with the Americans since coach Jurgen Klinsmann took over last month. The others are goalkeeper Nick Rimando and German-born Danny Williams, who will be eligible to play for the United States after his citizenship is certified.

Top Americans Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore, Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra and Michael Bradley are among those selected.

The U.S. plays Honduras in Miami on Oct. 8, then travels to Harrison, N.J., to face Ecuador on Oct. 11. The team will begin training next week in South Florida.

Klinsmann said FIFA has approved Fabian Johnson’s application to switch from Germany’s national team program to the U.S. Johnson, a midfielder and defender for Hoffenheim, currently is sidelined by a neck injury, He started for Germany in the final of the Under-21 European Championship two years ago.

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Roster:

Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid, Tim Howard, Nick Rimando.

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Timmy Chandler, Steve Cherundolo, Oguchi Onyewu, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Tim Ream, Jonathan Spector.

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Maurice Edu, Jeff Larentowicz, Brek Shea, Danny Williams.

Forwards: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Teal Bunbury, Landon Donovan.

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