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Eddie Johnson named to United States national team roster

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Johnson could theoretically play in as many as five matches while he's away with the national team.

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Eddie Johnson was one of 26 players to be called into the United States national team camp for three World Cup qualifiers from June 7-18 and a pair of friendlies on May 29 and June 2. Since going about 18 months between appearances on the national team, Johnson has become a regular fixture on their team in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup.

"Eddie is a guy with amazing pace," USMNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a US Soccer release. "He can surprise people going one against one and can create something out of nothing."

The Sounders forward will leave the Sounders to join the national team following the game against the LA Galaxy on May 26 and is expected to rejoin the team prior to their match against Real Salt Lake on June 22. The Sounders play two league games -- at Chivas USA on June 1 and at home against the Vancouver Whitecaps on June 8 -- while he's away. Johnson could also miss as many as two U.S. Open Cup matches as well, as the Sounders are currently scheduled to play their third-round match on May 29 and would play a fourth-round match on June 12.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION

GOALKEEPERS (6):Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)