SoCal Players Make World Cup Cut

The final 23 were announced Wednesday morning

Several players with connections to Southern California received the phone call early Wednesday -- they're going to South Africa.

The players were selected to the 23-man U.S. men's World Cup team  that will visit President Barack Obama at the White House Thursday before heading  to South Africa on Sunday. The final roster, announced Wednesday in Connecticut, includes  Los Angeles native and former Los Angeles Galaxy forward Herculez Gomez and  current Galaxy forward and Major League Soccer-leading scorer Edson Buddle.

Also on the final list is defender Jonathan Bornstein of Los Alamitos  and Carson-based Chivas USA.

Other Southland players on the U.S. squad include Landon Donovan of  Redlands, Maurice Edu of Fontana, Steve Cherundolo of San Diego, Carlos  Bocanegra of Alta Loma, Michael Bradley of Manhattan Beach, and Benny Feilhaber  of Irvine.

President Obama and former President Bill Clinton are scheduled to greet  the Southern California contingent and their teammates at the White House .

The U.S. men's team has a send-off match Saturday against Turkey in  Philadelphia before flying to South Africa on Sunday.

At the World Cup, the U.S. opens group play June 12 against England in  Rustenburg. They then face Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria on  June 23 in Pretoria.

This summer's World Cup is the 19th edition of the tournament. The first  one was staged in 1930 in Uruguay.

No team from North America has ever won the World Cup. There have been  seven different champions, all from South America and Europe.

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