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Report: Donovan to play for U.S. in Gold Cup

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The Gold Cup will have a little bit more glitter this summer.

The United States squad, which will be composed primarily of B-list players, will include the national team's all-time leading scorer, Landon Donovan, SI.com reported.

Donovan took a hiatus from soccer after helping the Los Angeles Galaxy win the Major League Soccer championship last year. He hasn't played for the national team since last August, sitting out the first six of the United States' 10 games in the final round of World Cup qualifying from the North American, Central American and Caribbean region (CONCACAF).

A good showing by Donovan in the Gold Cup could convince U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann to reinstate Donovan to the first team that continues its World Cup pursuit Sept. 6 at Costa Rica.

The Gold Cup is a separate, biennial CONCACAF competition. However, with the region's top teams in the midst of a World Cup qualifying campaign, the U.S., Mexico and other countries are expected to send second-level talent to compete.

The U.S. team will face Belize on July 9 in Portland, Ore.; Cuba on July 13 in Sandy, Utah; and Costa Rica on July 16 in East Hartford, Conn. The semifinals will be in Baltimore on July 21 and Arlington, Texas, on July 24, with the final at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 28.

The entire U.S. Gold Cup squad is expected to be announced Thursday, though Jose Francisco Torres' Mexican club team already revealed he would play for the United States next month. SI.com also reported that Philadelphia Union striker Jack McInerney, 20, will be part of the squad, looking to make his debut with the senior national team.
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