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November 12, 2012
Only three MLS players on U.S. roster for Russia

CHICAGO---Only three MLS players were included on the 20-man roster announced Monday by US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann for Wednesday’s friendly against Russia at Kuban Stadium in Krasnodar (10 am, ESPN, ESPN2, Univision).

Chivas USA forward Juan Agudelo, Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson and Real Salt Lake netminder Nick Rimando all will make the trip. Santos Laguna forward Herculez Gomez is the only other player on the roster not based in Europe.

Players began reporting to Frankfurt, Germany on Sunday night. The team will train twice Monday before departing Tuesday morning for Krasnodar.

"We ask for these games because they are big learning curves for us," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in statement. "We need to measure ourselves against the best teams out there and build even more confidence. We want to close the year in a very positive way and then go into a busy 2013 that includes World Cup qualifying, the Gold Cup and some exciting friendlies."

The United States will conclude a year holding its best winning percentage in the modern era, having posted a 9-2-2 record and a (.769) winning percentage. The next best performance came in 2008 when the team earned a 9-3-2 record (.750).

The U.S. is looking for its first victory against Russia, which holds a 2-0-2 advantage in the series that dates back to a 1-0 Russia victory in Orlando, Fla. on Feb. 13, 1993. The team has recorded wins on the road against Italy in Genoa and Mexico at Estadio Azteca this year.

After winning Group A in the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying, the Americans learned their schedule for the Final Round following the Official Draw on Nov. 7 in Miami. The team kicks off its hexagonal participation in Honduras on Feb. 6, and will play three of its first four matches on the road.

The U.S. roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)

FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna)

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