August 12, 2013
Klinsmann names roster for Bosnia-Herzegovina game
CHICAGO - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is going with mainly European based players on his roster for the teamís friendly on August 14 against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo.
Only two MLS players, Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans, both of the Seattle Sounders are on the roster.
"This is another opportunity to give ourselves a benchmark against a great opponent and one of the top teams in Europe," said Klinsmann. "Our European-based players are just getting started with their seasons and this gives them a chance to get going a couple weeks before our big World Cup Qualifiers. We're also excited to bring some new faces into the Senior Team and have them start to become part of the group."
The U.S. is currently riding a record-setting 11-match winning streak that began June 2 with a 4-3 victory against then second-ranked Germany in the Centennial Celebration Match. The streak includes three wins in World Cup Qualifying and six straight victories en route to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship.
Four players are in camp with the senior team for the first time: John Anthony Brooks, Cody Cropper, Aron Johannsson and Bobby Wood.
Johannsson has applied to FIFA for a change of association after having represented Iceland at the U-21 level. He has scored twice in as many games for AZ Alkmaar, including a penalty in the 3-2 win against Ajax on Sunday. Born in Mobile, Ala., he makes his debut in the U.S. set up and awaits the completion of the process in order to be eligible to participate in matches.
A total of seven players were part of the Gold Cup-winning squad: Alejandro Bedoya, Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Mix Diskerud, Johnson, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Michael Parkhurst.
Kickoff at Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium in Sarajevo is set for 2:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas, and on ESPN Deportes Radio.
The first meeting against the host is the only match before World Cup qualifying resumes with matches against Costa Rica on Sept. 6 in San Jose and Mexico four days later in Columbus, Ohio.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION - GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)