October 2, 2016
No Guzan, Howard on USMNT roster
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Men's National Team announced Sunday neither Brad Guzan nor Tim Howard will be in goal for upcoming friendly matches against Cuba and New Zealand.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann named 23 players to the roster, going with goalkeepers David Bingham, Ethan Horvath and William Yarbrough.
"I think the goalkeeper position is unique,” Klinsmann said in a release. “Obviously, we have the two experienced guys with Tim Howard and Brad Guzan. Both are in different situations right now – Tim is obviously very busy with the Colorado Rapids and Brad is not getting the opportunity to play at Middlesbrough. I think it's a perfect time to give an open window to three younger goalkeepers with William Yarbrough, Ethan Horvath and David Bingham. That's why we decided to leave the two older guys out and give these three youngsters a chance to prove their point. That kind of opportunity is very rare."
The team will train in Miami in preparation for its first visit to Cuba for a friendly since 1947, scheduled at Estadio Pedro Marrero in Havana at 4 p.m. ET Friday. The U.S.-New Zealand match at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., is set for 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, Oct. 11. Both matches will be broadcast on ESPN and UniMas.
"These two games are very important for us because it's the last time we can see certain players before making the decision on the 23 going in to represent us for the Mexico and Costa Rica clashes," Klinsmann said. "There's a lot at stake for the players to make their case, to show where they are right now. We have the opportunity to bring some players back that haven't been with us for a little bit, and we want to see if they can put a stamp on this camp and have a chance for being in the roster next month. The bigger picture behind this is definitely Mexico and Costa Rica, and these two games will show us a lot about individual players."
A total of 15 players on the roster were part of World Cup qualifying wins in September, including five of the six goal scorers. Jozy Altidore scored three times in those wins, improving his career total to 37 goals, third all-time behind Landon Donovan (57) and Clint Dempsey (52). With 16 strikes in World Cup Qualifying, Altidore tops the all-time U.S. list. Bobby Wood and Altidore have combined for 10 goals in the five matches they have started up front together all-time.
The players play in seven countries: USA and Germany (6 each), England (4), Mexico (3) Canada (2), Norway and Scotland (1 each).
Michael Bradley leads with 122 appearances and Altidore has 95. Bradley and Sacha Kljestan are the only two players on the roster who played in the MNT's last visit to Cuba, a 1-0 World Cup Qualifying win in Havana on Sept. 6, 2008.
Geoff Cameron was the only U.S. player to start all six semifinal round World Cup Qualifying matches. After making his first appearance in more than two years for the MNT, Kljestan had two goals and two assists in the World Cup Qualifying wins against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago last month.
At 17 years, 353 days, Christian Pulisic was the youngest player in MNT history to start a World Cup qualifier, Jozy Altidore's previous mark of 18 years, 343 days set on Oct. 11, 2008 vs. Cuba.
With goals against Puerto Rico and Trinidad & Tobago, Club Tijuana’s Paul Arriola became the eighth MNT player all-time to score in each of his first two appearances, the first since Eddie Johnson in 2004.
Bradley is one assist short of tying Cobi Jones for second on the MNT's all-time assist list (21). Landon Donovan holds the record with 58.
Danny Williams, Timmy Chandler and Julian Green have been summoned for the first time since last May. Perry Kitchen became one of the few U.S internationals who have been captain for a club in Europe when Hearts made him the skipper last month.
Jordan Morris has tallied 12 goals, including an MLS rookie record six game-winners, in his debut season for Seattle Sounders FC. Chris Wondolowski has 120 career goals in the league, and with 11 this year he extended his MLS record of double-digit goal scoring campaigns to seven consecutive seasons.
Midfielder Lynden Gooch, 20, who has started four matches for Sunderland this season, received his first invite to the Senior Team.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
• GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
• DEFENDERS (7): Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
• MIDFIELDERS (8): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Perry Kitchen (Hearts), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Danny Williams (Reading)
• FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV)