Sporting Kansas City striker Teal Bunbury has been selected to participate in a U.S. national team training camp ahead of the Americans' exhibition against Chile on Jan. 22. Bunbury received his first cap with the United States against South Africa in November. He was the only Kansas City player called up for the camp.
U.S. coach Bob Bradley called in players primarily based in Major League Soccer or Scandinavia, including 12 players with no international experience. Six players have played just one game for the national team, all in the second half of 2011. Orebro midfielder Alejandro Bedoya is the senior player on the roster with six international appearances.
Bunbury, who holds dual citizenship for the United States and Canada, is coming off a successful rookie season for Sporting Kansas City after being drafted fourth overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft out of Akron. The 20-year-old, one of four forwards and the fourth-youngest selection on the 24-player roster selected by Bradley, contributed five goals and two assists in 26 appearances, and also scored a goal in a U.S. Open Cup game in April and recorded an assist in Kansas City’s upset of Manchester United in July.
Bunbury was also chosen to Major League Soccer’s Generation adidas squad that traveled to Spain earlier this month. He scored three goals and added an assist in matches against the reserve sides for Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
The United States, ranked No. 18 in the final FIFA rankings of 2010, has two games scheduled for 2011 thus far. Following the first friendly against Chile, the United States will then travel to Cairo to face No. 9 Egypt on February 9th.
The United States will also compete in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup in June. The tournament announced last week that Sporting Kansas City’s state-of-the-art stadium, currently under construction in Kansas City, Kansas, will host a Gold Cup first round doubleheader on June 14th as one of 11 host cities for the tournament.
In other international action, Sporting Kansas City defender Roger Espinoza is currently in camp with Honduras, who defeated Panama 2-1 on Saturday in an international friendly. Espinoza will now travel with Honduras to face the Catalonia National Team at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28th at Estadi Olimpic de Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain. The Catalan XI squad will feature seven FC Barcelona players, including Carlos Puyol and Gerard Pique, and is managed by Johan Cruyff.
The friendly will be Honduras’ final match of 2010, as the team prepares for the 2011 Central American Nations Cup to be held in Panama City in January. Espinoza has 16 appearances for Honduras, ranked No. 59 in the world, including two at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Sporting Kansas City striker Sunil Chhetri is on loan to the India National Team, who cancelled Sunday’s friendly against Qatar. India’s next scheduled international match is December 26th versus Syria.
The full U.S. roster:
GOALKEEPERS: Dominic Cervi (Glasgow Celtic), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
DEFENDERS: A.J. DeLaGarza (Los Angeles Galaxy), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles), Ugo Ihemelu (FC Dallas), Zach Loyd (Dallas), Ryan Miller (Halmstads, Sweden), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Anthony Wallace (Colorado), Marvell Wynne (Colorado).
MIDFIELDERS: Eric Alexander (Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro, Sweden), Sam Cronin (San Jose Earthquakes), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek, Norway), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado), Dax McCarty (D.C. United), Brek Shea (Dallas).
FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (New York), Justin Braun (Chivas USA), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose).