Associated Press  |  Last updated October 10, 2012
Alan Gordon celebrates his 31st birthday next Tuesday. Maybe U.S. Soccer will give him a cap. Gordon is the fifth-oldest player currently in camp with the U.S. national team, which is prepping for two matches that essentially decide if the Americans will continue having a chance to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. Of the 24 players picked by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann for these enormous games, Gordon is younger than only defenders Steve Cherundolo and Carlos Bocanegra, along with goalkeepers Tim Howard and Nick Rimando. Combined, those four players have 279 appearances - caps, in soccer vernacular - for the U.S. Gordon has zero. But he's having a breakout season with the San Jose Earthquakes: His 13 goals in 23 games translate to a 0.9-goal-per-90-minute ratio, the best in Major League Soccer. So Gordon got the call to be part of the U.S. side for these qualifiers, first on Friday on the road against Antigua and Barbuda, then in Kansas City on Oct. 16 against Guatemala, the matc...
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