September 29, 2011
CONTINUITY IS THE KEY
Familiar faces in Klinsmann’s roster for Oct. friendlies
U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named a squad of 22 players to prepare for the Oct. 8 friendly against Honduras at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium (6 pm ET, FSC/Univision) and Oct, 11 match against Ecuador at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ (7 pm ET, ESPN2/Univision).
|Defender Oguchi Onyewu will rejoin the MNT for the October friendlies against Honduras and Ecuador.
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All but three of the players on the roster have been in camp since Klinsmann took the helm in August. Two-time World Cup defender Oguchi Onyewu returns to the fold, along with Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, while Danny Williams get his first introduction into a U.S. camp. Born in Germany, the 21-year-old will be eligible to play for the United States after certifying his U.S. citizenship with the U.S. Consulate in Germany.
Nine of the 22 players are on MLS rosters, including Red Bulls forward Juan Agudelo and defender Tim Ream, Real Salt Lake’s Rimando and midfielder Kyle Beckerman, midfielders Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids) and Brek Shea (FC Dallas), and forwards Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) and Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City).
“We would like to continue seeing our players develop through these initial couple of months,” said Klinsmann. “One important thing is to see continuity in the build-up of our national team and also in the way we work as coaches. We'd like to see new faces as well, but we also don't want to shake up the core structure of the team too much. The two results with Costa Rica and Belgium didn't work in our favor but we saw clearly that the team started to understand what we demand from them in terms of pace, playing style and how to play. We are definitely on the right path, and what we now need to focus on in this get together is the eagerness to finish things off up front.”
The U.S. and Honduras have met 17 times in the series dating back to 1965, with the U.S. collecting a 11-3-3 advantage. The teams have played several memorable matches, including the USA’s stunning 3-2 victory on Oct. 10, 2009, in San Pedro Sula that sealed their place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Four days later, the United States earned a dramatic 2-2 draw against Costa Rica that delivered Honduras a spot in South Africa.
The U.S. only holds a 2-4-4 record against Ecuador, but both wins have come in the last two meetings. After only scoring two goals in eight games (both in a 2-2 draw on Dec. 2, 1984), the U.S. finally earned their first victory against Ecuador on March 10, 2002, with a 1-0 victory in Birmingham, Ala., that saw U.S. goalkeeper and New Jersey native Tim Howard earn his first cap and first shutout. In the next match of the series, the U.S. was led by all-time leading goalscorer Landon Donovan who registered a hat trick in a 3-1 victory on March 25, 2007, in Tampa, Fla
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION-
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)