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Soccer: RSL's Beckerman and Beltran left off national roster

Published February 4, 2013 5:43 pm

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Real Salt Lake won't have a presence on the U.S. Men's National Team in Wednesday's World Cup Qualifier at Honduras. RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman captained the U.S. side in its recent friendly with Canada, and defender Tony Beltran got the start for his first national cap. But both were left off the 24-man roster coach Jurgen Klinsmann unveiled Monday.

Defenders Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler and Brad Evans were among seven players selected from Major League Soccer who appeared in last week's 0-0 exhibition draw against Canada.

Klinsmann did not consider Landon Donovan, who said after last year's MLS Cup final that he was uncertain he wanted to keep playing. Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said last month he expects Donovan to play at some point this year.

The game is the first of 10 in the final round of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean. The top three nations in the six-team group qualify for next year's tournament in Brazil, and the No. 4 team advances to a playoff for another berth, likely against New Zealand.

The roster:

Goalkeepeers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Tim Howard (Everton, England, Sean Johnson (Chicago)

Defenders: Matt Besler (Kansas City), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander, Spain), Geoff Cameron (Stoke, England), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana, Mexico), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg, Germany), Brad Evans (Seattle), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim, Germany), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg, Germany)

Midfielders: Michael Bradley (Roma, Italy), Brad Davis (Houston), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor, Turkey), Jermaine Jones (Schalke, Germany), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht, Belgium), Jose Torres (Tigres, Mexico), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim, Germany), Graham Zusi (Kansas City)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham, England), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna, Mexico), Eddie Johnson (Seattle)