Former Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein got the call this week: He's heading back to South Africa with the U.S. national team.
Bornstein is one of five players from last summer's World Cup squad that U.S. coach Bob Bradley placed on his roster for Wednesday's "Nelson Mandela Challenge" friendly against South Africa in Cape Town. The former Los Alamitos High School, Cal Poly Pomona and UCLA standout, who will join Mexico's UANL Tigres in January, is the most experienced player on the roster, with 34 international appearances.
Bradley also called in Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who played for the coach when he was in charge at Chivas USA, West Ham United defender Jonathan Spector, Orebro midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, and Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley from the World Cup team.
Columbus Crew winger Robbie Rogers (Palos Verdes and Huntington Beach/Mater Dei HS), who was on the U.S. preliminary World Cup roster but did not go to South Africa, also is on the team.
Six uncapped players are on the roster. The most intriguing is Kansas City Wizards forward Teal Bunbury, who has turned down invitations to play for his native Canada, saying he has a better chance to realize his goal of playing in a World Cup by declaring for the U.S. That he does.
Bunbury, the son of former Canadian national-team Alex Bunbury (who played for the Wizards a decade ago), lived for a decade with his mother in Minnesota, making him eligible for the Yanks. He won the MAC Hermann Trophy as college soccer's best player last year at Akron.
New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream, an MLS Rookie of the Year finalist, and 17-year-old forward Juan Agudelo, so impressive in the MLS playoffs, received their first call-ups. Other newcomers: goalkeeper Dominic Cervi, a former University of Tulsa star who turned down MLS to sign with Scottish power Celtic FC; Gale Agbossoumonde, a Togo-born, Syracuse-raised defender who plays in Portugal with Estoril and will turn 19 Wednesday; and midfielder Mikkel Diskerud, who plays for Stabaek in his native Norway and is eligible for the U.S. because his mother is from Arizona.
Bradley included no first-choice players from Europe's major leagues and none from the Galaxy, FC Dallas, Colorado Rapids or San Jose Earthquakes. Two of those teams will play in the MLS Cup final Nov. 21 in Toronto.
The U.S.-South Africa game will begin at 11 a.m. and be shown on ESPN2 and Galavision.
The U.S. roster:
Dominic Cervi (Celtic/Scotland)
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England)
Gale Agbossoumonde (Estoril/Portugal)
Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake)
Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres/Mexico)
Clarence Goodson (Brondby/Denmark)
Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa/England)
Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
Jonathan Spector (West Ham United/England)
Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro/Sweden)
Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew)
Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek/Norway)
Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew)
Logan Pause (Chicago Fire)
Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls)
Teal Bunbury (Kansas City Wizards)
Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)