May 31, 2015
GETTING THE CALL
Revs Agudelo, Jones named to U.S. National Team
CHICAGO– New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo and midfielder Jermaine Jones have been called in to the U.S. National Team ahead of the upcoming friendlies against Netherlands and Germany.
|Juan Agudelo will be with the US National Team for June friendlies against the Netherlands and Germany.
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Agudelo and Jones are two of 22 players that were called in for the two games, which will be the final friendlies before this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. will face Netherlands in Amsterdam on Friday, June 5 before returning to action against Germany in Cologne on Wednesday, June 10.
Both Agudelo and Jones will be eligible to travel to Amsterdam on Monday and return to the U.S. following the game against Germany. As a result, each will miss the Revs’ road game against the Portland Timbers on Saturday, June 6.
Agudelo is the only Revolution player to have started all 13 games that the club has played this season. He is second on the team with four goals while adding one assist. Jones, who missed the first five games of the season while recovering from offseason sports hernia surgery, has started each of the club’s last eight games, splitting his time between central defense and central midfield, helping New England go 3-1-4 in that time.
Agudelo scored in his last appearance for the U.S. National Team, tallying the second goal in the 2-0 win over Mexico on April 15. He now has 19 caps, scoring three goals in that time. Agudelo is the youngest player to score a goal for the United States, doing so at the age of 17 when he made his international debut in a friendly against South Africa.
Jones has been capped 50 times by the U.S., including twice in 2015, playing in friendlies against Chile and Panama. One of four players to play every minute of the National Team’s run to the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Jones had a goal and an assist at the tournament and now has three goals and six assists in his international career. Prior to playing for the United States, Jones collected three caps for Germany, the nation of his birth, before being cleared by FIFA to begin playing for the United States. If Jones plays against Germany on June 10, it will be the third time that he represents the U.S. against Germany, but the first time he will have done so in Europe.
The friendly against Netherlands on June 5 will be shown nationally on ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes, starting at 2:30 p.m. ET while the friendly with Germany will be shown nationally on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision Deportes, starting at 2:45 p.m. ET on June 10.
“Our time since the World Cup has been a transition period which now winds down before the Gold Cup,” said U.S. National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “Playing against top teams like Germany and the Netherlands provides valuable experience, especially for the younger players here. More and more they must understand we come to meet these opponents eye to eye. Obviously it’s a bit tricky when we are without some of our core players, but that creates a huge opportunity for the guys here to benchmark themselves against some of the best players in the world. ”
Eight players on the roster have 10 caps or less, while nine have made 20 appearances or more.
The United States will be without the services of three key players, as Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore recovers from a hamstring injury and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya from a knee issue, and team captain Clint Dempsey remains in Seattle awaiting the birth of his fourth child.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)