Last chance to claim WC spots for US boys

CHICAGO - Rangers midfielders DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu were among 20 players named in the squad for USA's friendly in the Netherlands next Wednesday.

The match in Amsterdam will be the Americans' last before coach Bob Bradley selects his World Cup squad.

Aris Thessaloniki forward Eddie Johnson was also chosen but his club team-mate, Freddy Adu, was not.

Only three players from the Major League Soccer were selected - defenders Jonathan Bornstein and Heath Pearce, and forward Robbie Findley.

Sixteen of the players are currently based in Europe. Nine of those are with English clubs, including Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan, currently on loan to Everton.

Beasley, a veteran of two World Cups, has 17 goals in 89 appearances but has not played for the United States since June 18.

That was when he allowed Donovan's corner kick to roll past him, leading to Brazil's second goal in a 3-0 victory at the Confederations Cup.

USA have played twice this year using mostly MLS- based players. They fell 3-1 to Honduras in January, and beat El Salvador 2-1 on Wednesday.

"This is the final match before we bring the team together for the World Cup, so to have a match against one of the top teams in the world is a big benefit and a good challenge for our group." - AFP