January 6, 2013
Klinsmann calls in 25 players to 1st camp of the year as Donovan continues to decide his playing future
CHICAGO---U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann called up 25 players, most of whom are domestic based, for national team training camp on Sunday, with one big name missing -- Landon Donovan.
|U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann says he is still waiting for Landon Donovan to make up his mind on his playing future.
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Donovan, the LA Galaxy midfielder-forward who is the team's all-time scorer, is contemplating retirement during the off-season.
"He's not at a point yet where he know what he wants to do," Klinsmann told Fox Soccer on Sunday afternoon. "That's why we didn't invite Landon. We are as curious as anybody else as on what his decision will be in the future time, but right now he is not part of our camp."
The camp begins at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. on Monday.
The team will train together until Jan. 27, when it departs for Houston in advance of the first game of the year against Canada on Jan. 29 at BBVA Compass Stadium on Jan. 29.
That encounter is the only game the U.S. will play before the start of the CONCACAF hexagonal of World Cup qualifying. The Americans start their 10-game campaign at Honduras in San Pedro, Sula on Feb. 6.
As part of the event, the U.S. will hold a public training session at BBVA Compass Stadium on Jan. 28. Admission and parking for the event are free..
Twenty-one of the 25 players come from Major League Soccer.
“There is a tremendous amount of talent in the player pool. We follow these players very carefully, and the group coming in is the next line to challenge the players ahead of them in the National Team,” Klinsmann said. “This is absolutely a huge opportunity, and we’re looking forward to working with them. We are getting ready for the friendly against Canada, and also the big World Cup qualifier in Honduras, so these are going to be an important few weeks of preparation.”
The U.S. roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (9): Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes), Jeff Parke (Philadelphia Union)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (out of contract), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Edson Buddle (Colorado Rapids), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)