November 10, 2014
ROUNDING OUT THE SEASON
Klinsmann announces roster for final games of 2014
CHICAGO - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 25 players into camp for the final matches of 2014.
The U.S. will first meet world No. 3-ranked Colombia on Friday, Nov. 14, in London at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham FC. Four days later, the United States will play on the Republic of Ireland's soil for the first since 2002 when it faces the home side at Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
U.S. MNT ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Klinsmann has once again chosen to blend youth and experience. A total of 16 players were part the squad that reached the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, led by four-time tournament veteran DaMarcus Beasley. At the other end of the spectrum, there are 12 players with 10 caps or less and an equal number that is 24 years old or younger.
"We want to finish 2014 on a high note and continue to try to meet the top teams eye to eye," said Klinsmann. "In these last two games we want our veterans to really become mentors both on and off the field, and we want to see our youngsters take advantage of the opportunity to make their case and grow from the experience. These performances will set the tone for 2015."
A total of eight players join from MLS squads: DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Matt Besler, Bill Hamid, Sean Johnson, Jones, Lee Nguyen, Rimando, Chris Wondolowski and DeAndre Yedlin. New England Revolution teammates Jones and Nguyen advanced to the Eastern Conference Championship, Yedlin's Seattle Sounders FC faces FC Dallas in the second leg of its series Monday night with the hope of advancing to the Western Conference Championship.
Nguyen can earn his first cap for the U.S. MNT since 2007, when he made three international appearances. Nguyen has 18 goals and five assists this season, making him a contender for the 2014 MLS MVP award. Yedlin signed a contract to join London club Tottenham Hotspur, and could do that as early as January.
DaMarcus Beasley is the leading capwinner on the roster with 120 appearances. Jozy Altidore is second with 74 caps. Altidore has worn the captain's armband twice in the past three matches, beginning with the 1-0 win on Sept. 3 against the Czech Republic.
World Cup goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando are headed to London, each sporting impressive records in a National Team uniform. Guzan has recorded nine shutouts in 19 career starts, with six of those clean sheets earned in World Cup qualifiers. Rimando has never lost a game for the National Team, posting a near-perfect 10-0-2 record.
The other keepers on the roster had solid MLS seasons. Sean Johnsonn earned both the MVP award and the Defender of the Year award for the Chicago Fire, and is coming off a training spell at Hull City. Bill Hamid backstopped D.C. United to a historic turnaround as the club was the first in the Eastern Conference to clinch an MLS playoff berth this season. A year ago, United finished the campaign with the worst record in MLS.
The game with Colombia will be broadcast on ESPN and UniMas at 2:45 PM, while the match with Ireland will be carried by ESPN2 and Univision at 2:45 PM.