January 20, 2012
CHANCE TO IMPRESS
MLS players dominate MNT roster against Venezuela
PHOENIX---U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann will use the team’s first match of 2012 – against Venezuela Saturday night at the University of Phoenix Stadium -- to take a look at a “B” squad of players looking to play a greater role in the team’s trek through qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
|Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber provides a veteran presence for a young U.S. roster against Venezuela on saturday.
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Saturday’s roster is made up of mostly MLS players. Only two European-based players are on the roster, Rintracht-Frankfurt midfielder Ricardo Clark and Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jomes, currently serving an eight-week suspension from Bundesliga play. Klinsmann thought the current slate of friendlies provided a chance to keep Jones active and have him bring experience to this young U.S. squad: "Obviously this is a very difficult moment for Jermaine. He regrets the incident and has apologized to the player, his coaches and his teammates. He respects the decision of the German Federation and accepts the punishment. While an unfortunate situation, it provides me the opportunity to call him in and continue to get him integrated with our system as we prepare the team for qualifying this summer. I have spoken with the coach at Schalke and Jermaine, and we all agree this is what's best."
Klinsmann also made a couple of late domestic based callups to the January camp, when he added Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Brad Evans and Sounders defender Jeff Parke . They were brought in when Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy) and George John (FC Dallas) were given approval to withdraw from the roster before the start of camp in order to deal with club-related matters. Evans and Parke are coming off a 2011 campaign that included a third straight Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup crown. Evans has earned four caps for the full National Team, including three appearances in the USA's run to the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup final. Parke is one of five players seeking to play his first game for the U.S. MNT.
Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls) and Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) have both been ruled out of the next two matches. Agudelo suffered a right ankle sprain on Jan. 13 in the scrimmage against the U-23 MNT. Beckerman entered the camp with a groin issue and has not been able to fully participate in the exercises throughout the three weeks. Both players will remain with the team until after the Venezuela match and then continue rehab in the United States when the team departs for Panama for a game on January 25.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION -
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Jeff Parke (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (3): Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), C.J. Sapong (Sporting Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
VENEZUELA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alan Liebeskind (Lara), Leonardo Morales (Anzoategui)
DEFENDERS (8): Joel Caceres (Lara), John Chancellor (Mineros), Javier Gonzalez (Petare), Rubert Quijada (Monagas), Carlos Rivero (Anzoategui), Andres Rouga (Tachira), Carlos Salazar (Anzoategui), Jose Manuel Velazquez (Mineros)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Angel Chourio (Real Esppor), Diomar Diaz (Petare), Agnel Flores (Mineros), Francisco Flores (Anzoategui), Edgar Perez Greco (Lara), Alejandro Guerra (Mineros), Diego Guerrero (Tachira), Miguel Mea Vitali (Lara)
FORWARDS (6): Richard Blanco (Petare), Darwin Machis (Mineros), Alejandro Moreno (Chivas USA), Hermes Palomino (Cherno More), Emilio Renteria (Columbus Crew), Jose Reyes (Anzoategui)