June 27, 2013
CHANCE TO SHINE
U.S. Gold Cup roster features comebacks, youngsters
CHICAGO - Jurgen Klinsmannís 23 man U.S. National Team roster for 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup features a mixture of veterans trying to make it back onto the squad for the bigger competitions, and some youngsters who are trying to break into the team.
The roster features a hand full of familiar names who are trying to work their way back onto the team after absences for a cariety of reasons, Landon Donovan after his six month sabbatical and Oguchi Onyewu after a serious injury, and number of youngsters who are proving themselves in MLS and abroad, such as the Philadelphia Unionís Jack McInenrney and the Houston Dynamoís Will Bruin.
Thatís part of Klinsmannís plan in naming the 23 man squad that will be seeking its fifth confederation championship title. In the middle of the Hexagonal Tournament for qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Klinsmann is looking for the Gold Cup to be a springboard for some players to get into even bigger games.
"We are excited about a roster for the Gold Cup that really has a shot of winning it," said Klinsmann. "First, you want to win a Confederation competition, which is a 50 percent ticket to the Confederations Cup in Russia," said Klinsmann. "We don't want to watch the Confederations Cup on TV anymore; we want to be there. At the same time, the players that are representing us in this Gold Cup, they clearly know that this a huge opportunity to prove their value and their case to the coaching staff one year prior to the World Cup. So, two big things, one is to win the competition and two, allow the players to build their case for the World Cup."
The winner of the 2013 Gold Cup will compete in a playoff with the winner of the 2015 event for the right to represent CONCACAF at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The U.S. has reached the final of the Gold Cup in five of the last six tournaments, winning three titles.
The team will begin gathering July 1 in San Diego, and will host Guatemala on July 5 in the only tune-up match prior to the start of the tournament. Kickoff at Qualcomm Stadium is set for 8 p.m. PT (11 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network and UniMas.
The 23-player final roster was selected from the original preliminary group of 35, as prescribed by the rules of competition. Following the completion of a team's participation in the group phase, they have 24 hours to make up to four changes to the roster. These players must also come from the original 35-player list, which in the case of the U.S. included several other MLS players who have been part of the U.S. squad for World Cup Qualifying.
The U.S. Men's National Team was drawn into Group C of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup along with Belize, Cuba and Costa Rica. The U.S. will open group play against Belize on July 9 at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore., before traveling to Sandy, Utah, to face Cuba at Rio Tinto Stadium on July 13 in their second group match. The United States finishes the group in East Hartford, Conn., against Costa Rica on July 16 at Rentschler Field.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Oguchi Onyewu (Malaga), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (FC Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsinborg), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Joshua Gatt (Molde FK), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jose Torres (Tigres)
FORWARDS (5): Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Club Tijuana), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)