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Friday, May 31, 2013

McInerney makes short list for Gold Cup

Union forward Jack McInerney was named to the 35-player short list for the U.S. roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer.

The 20-year-old striker was one of eight forwards named to the preliminary list. The roster must be trimmed to 23 players 10 days prior to competition, which opens July 7. The continental championship will be hosted by the United States, with the Stars and Stripes due to play its group-stage matches in Portland, Salt Lake City and Hartford.

Usually an opportunity to develop domestic talent and send less then the full A team, the Gold Cup roster is mainly composed of MLS players (19 from nine different clubs). Rather than exclusively being young players, several veteran names that have found themselves unable to get into the first team lately are included, most notably Landon Donovan. Europe-based veterans Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson and Oguchi Oneywu are also included.

McInerney has been capped at the U17, U20 and U23 levels. Should he make the roster and play, he would be the first Union player to appear for the U.S. National team.

Goalkeepers: Tally Hall (Houston), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: Corey Ashe (Houston), DeMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Oguchi Oneywu (Malaga), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg).

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsingborg), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Brad Evans (Seattle), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Josh Gatt (Molde), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Brek Shea (Stoke), Jose Torres (Tigres), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).

Forwards: Will Bruin (Houston), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Alan Gordon (San Jose), Eddie Johnson (Seattle), Jack McInerney (UNION), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich).

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