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Klinsmann names top-level squad for US debut

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, August 5- New US national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann called upon a veteran-laden lineup Thursday for his debut next week against Mexico, saying he wants to spark competition for every position.

The former German star, a World Cup and European Championship winner as a player, was named to the post last Friday and will guide the Americans for the first time on Wednesday in Philadelphia against their arch-rivals.

“One of the goals of the roster for this game and moving forward is to create competition at each position,” Klinsmann said. “There are many players who are established as well as many players who will get opportunities.

“We want there to be a healthy contest for spots on the roster. We will get a good look at where each player is as quickly as we can during the short time in camp, and we will finish with an exciting game against Mexico.”

The most interesting selection was midfielder Michael Bradley of Borussia Monchengladbach, a US stalwart and the son of fired US coach Bob Bradley, whose departure was announced a week ago on the eve of Klinsmann taking over. Bradley has nine goals in 59 caps.

All-time US scoring leader Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy leads the strikers with 46 goals in 146 caps and is the only roster player to have been coached before by Klinsmann, during a 2009 loan to Bayern Munich.

Former Major League Soccer teen prodigy Freddy Adu of Benfica, Edson Buddle of Ingolstadt, DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla and Juan Agudelo of New York Red Bulls were also chosen up front.

Everton’s Tim Howard was selected as goalkeeper with Carlos Bocanegra of Saint Etienne and Steve Cherundolo of Hanover the defensive veterans. Cherundolo missed the Gold Cup final loss to Mexico in June with an injury.

The Mexicans own the all-time series lead against the US squad 32-15 with 11 drawn.

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USA squad

Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton/ENG)

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne/FRA), Edgar Castillo (Club America/MEX), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg/GER), Steve Cherundolo (Hanover/GER), Clarence Goodson (Brondby/DEN), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Borussia Monchengladbach/GER), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Maurice Edu (Rangers/SCO), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04/GER), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca/MEX)

Strikers: Freddy Adu (Benfica/POR), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/MEX), Edson Buddle (Ingolstadt/GER), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)

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