May 16, 2013
TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
Klinsmann calls 26 players – not including Donovan -- to prep for WCQ
U.S. National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Thursday called in 26 players to begin training camp in Cleveland prior to the team's three World Cup qualifiers in June, as well as international matches against Germany and Belgium prior to the CONCACAF encounters.
|Former Revolution defender Michael Parkhurst was among the 26 players called into camp with the USMNT.
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As expected, LA Galaxy midfielder-forward Landon Donovan was not selected to training camp, but many U.S. regulars were picked, including goalkeeper Tim Howard, midfielder Michael Bradley and strikers Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez and former Red Bull Jozy Altidore.
The team will begin gathering in Cleveland on May 29, with players arriving at various times as they complete club commitments. The U.S. faces Belgium on May 29 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, followed by the Centennial Celebration Match against Germany at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on June 2.
The Americans will resume World Cup qualifying with their third road match in four games at Jamaica in Kingston on June 7. Four days later, the U.S. returns stateside to host Panama on June 11 at CenturyLink Field in the USA's first qualifier in Seattle since 1976. The team concludes the three-match set at sold-out Rio Tinto Stadium when it welcomes Honduras on June 18 to start the second half of the final round.
"We are very excited about the group we have put together," Klinsmann said in a statement. "The players understand more how we're working, what we're looking for, the way we want to play and the way we want to challenge big nations eye-to-eye. As we go into this stretch of two friendly games against Belgium and Germany and three big World Cup Qualifiers, we want to see more consistent performances. There is a huge opportunity to pick up a lot of points and put ourselves in a good position to qualify for Brazil."
The U.S. training camp roster:
GOALKEEPERS (6) :Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8) : DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (10) : Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)