Omar Gonzalez has pulled out of the U.S. national team's camp this month to deal with “club-related matters,” U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday, and former UC Irvine star Brad Evans, a midfielder, was added to the roster.
Gonzalez, 23, Major League Soccer's 2011 Defender of the Year, has lured significant interest in Mexico and Europe, and AEG President Tim Leiweke acknowledged Tuesday there were loan possibilities for the towering center back.
FC Dallas defender George John, who also has been linked with moves to Europe, also pulled out of the U.S. camp to deal with club matters. Defender Jeff Parke, Evans' Seattle Sounders teammate, also has been added to the roster by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
The U.S. began gathering Tuesday in Phoenix for its annual January camp. The team will move to Home Depot Center in Carson on Jan. 13, then return to Arizona for the Jan. 21 match against Venezuela. The team then heads to Central America for a Jan. 25 game against Panama.