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USMNT Call-Ups Should Only Affect One MLS Game

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Landon Donovan was called up to the USMNT again. Is this an opportunity for Seattle to advance on the Galaxy?
Landon Donovan was called up to the USMNT again. Is this an opportunity for Seattle to advance on the Galaxy?

With today's announcement of call-ups to the United States National Team, particularly with 11 from MLS, one could quickly think that this could affect the hunt for the MLS Cup Playoffs. It won't. MLS is taking a pretty light weekend over with the international date, and only two games will be played that could be affected.

Real Salt Lake will not be effected in their match against the Philadelphia Union, as Kyle Beckerman has permission to join the US team late. But there is good news for Seattle Sounders fans, as the Los Angeles Galaxy will be heading to Sporting Kansas City without Landon Donovan. Yes, Sporting will be without Teal Bunbury, but one of those losses is a big deal. As the Sounders need help if they are to catch the Galaxy in the hunt for the Supporters Shield, that one game could make a difference. Already on the road at a tough stadium, losing their best player could be an issue.

As Jurgen Klinsman continues to look at new talent, fans of MLS should be happy that so many players from MLS are getting a look. His full roster does have a few surprises.

US ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)

DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Edgar Castillo (Club América), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (Brøndby), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Michael
Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), José Torres (Pachuca)

FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)