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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

October 6, 2013
FOLLOWING THE BLUE PRINT
Klinsmann wants U.S. to finish qualifying on high note, sticks with similar roster


The U.S. National Team, led by Landon Donovan is looking to finish on top of the CONCACAF Quailfying Group.
The U.S. National Team, led by Landon Donovan is looking to finish on top of the CONCACAF Quailfying Group.
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Even though the U.S. Men's National Team has already qualified for next year's World Up in Brazil, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is pretty much sticking to the blueprint for the last couple of Qualifying games with the selection of 20 players, 17 of whom were part of the U.S. team for the last camp.

The only newcomers to the roster are Sacha Kljestan and Terrance Boyd, and Brad Evans, who was in the initial selection for the last camp, but was replaced by Michael Parkhurst.

Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey will miss the last two qualifying matches. Dempsey has not played for the Seattle Sounders since Sept. 13 because of a strained right hamstring, and Bradley has been sidelined since spraining his left ankle during pregame warmups at Costa Rica on Sept. 6.

The U.S. has an opportunity to finish at the top of the COCNACAF Qualifying Group, although that won't affect the team's standing for the World Cup draw, since that is going to be decided by the FIFA rankings.

Still, Klinsmann is taking these two games seriously, as a way of preparing for next year.

"We want to finish qualifying on a high note and prove a point in our region," said Klinsmann. "We don't view these games as the end of World Cup qualifying. For us, it's the start of preparations for the World Cup, and therefore we have to continue to raise the bar. We have had such amazing support from our fans throughout the last two years, and we owe it to them to put our best foot forward.
"Once you achieve the goal of qualifying, you understand that the next higher level is already waiting for us," Klinsmann said. "The World Cup is a couple of levels higher up than World Cup Qualifying, even if itís not an easy thing to go through. The benchmark in the World Cup is far higher, so whatever we do now already prepares us for that. Everything we do now sets the tone for summer of 2014, and therefore itís important the players understand this is serious business. We want to see an improvement of the entire squad, and we want to see competition in every spot. You only have to say one word: Brazil. Then you automatically get fired up.Ē-

The team will begin gathering Oct. 6 in Kansas City in advance of Friday's match. Kickoff at sold-out Sporting Park is set for 5:30 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Four days later, the U.S. closes out the final round when it faces Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernandez (8:30 p.m. CT, beIN Sport). Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

Currently ranked No. 13 in FIFA's world rankings, the United States holds a one point lead over Costa Rica at the top of the group and has the chance to finish in first place in CONCACAF qualifying for the third-consecutive cycle. The matches have huge implications for the rest of the participants, as only two of the three automatic berths from CONCACAF have already been determined. Honduras sits in third place on 11 points, while Mexico and Panama are even with eight points in the fourth position.

The U.S. will hold a public training session Oct. 9 at Sporting Park. The event is free and open to the public.

The U.S. sealed its ticket to Brazil with a 2-0 win over Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium on Sept. 10.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION - DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION - DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION - DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)


   
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