While CONCACAF 2014 World Cup qualifying takes a pause, the 2013 Gold Cup is about to get underway. Some CONCACAF Gold Cup team rosters including the United States will be officially released Friday, however, according to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl, both Los Angeles Galaxy‘s Landon Donovan and Philadelphia Union‘s Jack McInerney have been named to the Gold Cup roster.
The Gold Cup has an added importance because the winners of the 2013 Gold Cup and 2015 Gold Cup will face-off for a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup.
McInerney is a budding 20-year old forward who has shined for the Philadelphia Union and leads Major League Soccer with 10 goals. He is tied with Mike Magee and Marco di Viao. In short, this was a no-brainer move by Jurgen Klinsmann.
On the other hand, Donovan is not a young forward like McInerney, but he has had a successful USMNT career so far. Some think he was slighted by not making the World Cup qualifying roster, but Donovan’s reported call-up allows him a prime opportunity to show Klinsmann and others that he can still succeed at the international level.
The rumors will continue to come out over alleged Gold Cup call-ups. Wahl usually does not tweet out false information, and both call-ups are not shocking at all. McInerney has dazzled his opponents and has been a high point of the Union, while Donovan made his soccer return after a short respite and is now looking to get back to the USMNT senior squad.
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