January 3, 2013
26 called to U.S. National Team
CHICAGO---U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 26 players to Carson, Calif., for the USA's first FIFA World Cup preparation camp in 2014.
“We are all very excited for this camp because, as a team, it will give us our first taste of Brazil," Klinsmann said in a statement. "This is a very important camp in our preparations for the World Cup. It's important for the players to continue developing their bond and sense of urgency for the tournament. It's important for us to see how they do in Brazil, how the new players fit with the group and to make sure everyone is focused on reaching the highest level for next summer."
The camp will be conducted across two continents. After six days in California, a 23-player group will base in Sao Paulo, Brazil from Jan. 13-25 to give the players and staff a dry run of next summer’s tournament in Brazil. The team will then return to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center. The camp culminates with a friendly against the Korea Republic at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. ET. (2pm local time)
The U.S. roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (10): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids), Chance Myers (Sporting Kansas City), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Seth Sinovic (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)