US men's national team prepares for World Cup qualifiers

USMNT training at FIU Soccer Stadium

By Ben Kennedy - Reporter
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SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. - The United States men's national team is training in South Florida ahead of two vital FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The team trained at FIU Soccer Stadium on Tuesday morning. The team has two semifinal games left.

On Friday, the U.S. play Antigua & Barbuda at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound. Next Tuesday, October 16, the U.S. host Guatemala at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

The U.S. is currently even with Guatemala at the top of Group A with seven points.

"We're looking at these two games as six points. It won't be the easiest game in the world -- we have confidence in the ability to do it." said forward Herculez Gomez.

Jamaica also has seven points but is in third place because of a lower goal differential.

Landon Donovan missed training Tuesday because of a knee injury he suffered over the weekend.

Below is the roster for the final two qualifiers:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (5): Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)

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