Donovan, Torres, McInerney latest names linked to USMNT Gold Cup roster


With a successful run through their latest World Cup qualifiers, the U.S. Men’s National team looks towards July and the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

While the official roster is expected to be announced Thursday, some exciting names have already been leaked.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl, Landon Donovan has received a nod for the final 23-man roster. Donovan, 31, was included in May’s 35-player preliminary roster but was not guaranteed to make either the Qualifiers or the Gold Cup after a three-month absence from professional play. His last appearance with the National team came last August in a victory over Mexico.

However, his play at the club level has shown Klinsmann enough to include America’s all-time goals leader in a mostly B-level U.S. side.

Wahl wasn’t done with that reveal. According to his sources, Major League Soccer’s current leading scorer, Jack McInerney, will also get a look for the tournament. His 10 goals in 16 appearances already surpasses his total for last season (8 goals, 25 appearances) and has quickly made McInerney the face of Major League Soccer’s youth development this season.

Finally, a Klinsmann favorite will once again get his chance to shine at the international level. According to the official Twitter account of Mexican side Tigres, “El Gringo” Jose Francisco Torres will be on the roster as well.

Once official, these players join Stuart Holden as the first announced players in the tournament.

The Gold Cup will take place from July 6th to the 28th in 13 venues across the U.S. The USMNT group-stage matches feature games against Belize, Costa Rica and Cuba. The winner of this years tournament faces the 2015 Gold Cup winner for the right to represent CONCACAF at the Confederations Cup.

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