February 4, 2013
Klinsmann calls in 24 players for hexagonal opener vs. Honduras
CHICAGO---U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced on Monday that he has called 24 players, including seven domestic-based players, into training camp to prepare for its opening match against Honduras in the CONCACAF hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying.
|Clint Dempsey leads a mostly European based U.S. squad into World Cup qualifying this week.
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The road to Brazil kicks off Feb. 6 in San Pedro Sula at 4 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast live on beIN SPORT. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.coms MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.
The seven players who perform in Major League Soccer included goalkeeper Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), defenders Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders) and Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), midfielders Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo) and Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) and forward Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders).
The team also included four players who played with either the Red Bulls or MetroStars -- goalkeeper Tim Howard, midfielders Michael Bradley and Davis and forward Jozy Altidore.
The U.S. team will train in Miami on Monday before departing for Honduras later in the afternoon.
We want to have a sense of urgency right from the start of the final round," Klinsmann said in a statement. We have a lot of respect for Honduras, but our message to the team is that we are going there to get three points. One thing we learned from the Semifinal Round is that you have to bring the right mentality to play in the tough games on the road, and Im confident we are ready to do that.
With the match falling on a FIFA international fixture date, Klinsmann was able to call upon a full team that includes 17 players based in Europe and Mexico.
The U.S. holds a 12-3-3 lifetime record against Honduras in a series dating back to 1965. Both teams earned a place in the hexagonal by winning their respective semifinal round groups. Los Catrachos qualified for the 2010 World Cup after only losing once at home in nine qualifiers throughout the cycle. That lone loss came against the United States, 3-2.
Other teams in the hexagonal include Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama. The 10-game, round-robin format will be contested from Feb. 6-Oct. 10. The top three teams will advance to the World Cup in Brazil, while the fourth-place team will compete in a two-leg playoff against the champion from the Oceania confederation.
The U.S. roster (with club teams, World Cup qualifying appearances and goals or shutouts):
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa - 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton 22/9 SO), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire 0/0)
DEFENDERS (9) : Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City 0/0), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander 31/5), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City 5/0), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana 0/0), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg 0/0), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders 0/0), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy 0/0), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim 3/0), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg 3/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8) : Michael Bradley (Roma 19/5), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo - 0/0), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor 9/0), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04 5/0), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht 12/0), Jose Torres (Tigres 9/0), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim 4/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City 3/0)
FORWARDS (4 ): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar 17/6), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur 26/10), Herculez Gomez (Santos 6/2), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders 11/10)