Morrow Named to U.S. National Team

Quakes Defender selected for pair of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

SAN JOSE, Calif. – San Jose Earthquakes defender Justin Morrow has been called up to the United States National Team training camp ahead of two keyWorld Cup qualifying matches. Morrow joined his teammates in Denver, Colo. on Sunday.

The U.S. hosts Costa Rica on Friday, March 22 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park at 7 p.m. PT (ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas) in the first match. The Americans then hit the road to face Mexico on Tuesday, March 26 at Estadio Azteca. That match kicks off at 7:00 p.m. PT and will air live on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision. The U.S. lost its first match of theHexagonal 2-1 to Honduras.

Morrow, 25, returns to the national team for the second time in his career, following a call-up to the January camp in Southern California. The Ohio native made his first appearance for the U.S. in a 0-0 draw against Canada on Jan. 29, starting and playing 90 minutes. He is coming off a big game over the weekend, as he scored his first goal of the season to help San Jose grab a 1-1 tie on the road against the Columbus Crew. Morrow has started and played 90 minutes in all three games for San Jose this year after enjoying his best season as a professional in 2012. He scored one goal and had four assists in 33 starts for the Supporters’ Shield winners, each career bests last season and also started in the 2012 AT&T MLS All-StarGame.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes)
MIDFIELDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City), 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)