Jurgen Klinsmann: "Open door" for LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers to return to the U.S. National Team
Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision to call-up a heaping of Under-23 eligible players may have been the reason that LA Galaxy left back Robbie Rogers was not on the U.S. National Team’s January camp roster, but the USMNT boss insists that the door is open for the LA defender to return to the U.S. fold.
Following a stellar 2014 season that saw Rogers rejuvenate his career with a move to left back, the 27-year-old was considered a frontrunner to earn a call-up for the annual January camp at StubHub Center. However with Klinsmann calling 11 players who are age-eligible for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Klinsmann said that Rogers could not make the cut.
“There was a thought about Robbie,” Klinsmann told reporters on Wednesday. “He had a good season, also, obviously, a winning season. The situation is just, and this is what this kind of camp ended up with was: How can we develop the maximum amount of Olympic team players at the same time? If it was purely senior guys, Robbie would be in that camp.”
Rogers was an Olympian himself the last time U.S. qualified back in 2008 and has complied 18 appearances for the senior team, which included making the 30-man preliminary roster ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Although Klinsmann did not room for Rogers this January, the U.S. head coach provided assurances that the LA Galaxy player remains on his radar -- possibly for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup.
“I said, 'Ah, it's a pity not to give that guy that a chance,'” Klinsmann said. “On the other side, we said, 'You know what, it is important to have 12, 13 Olympic team players in here, because we've got to build them. The sooner the better.’ And that's why some players were left out, and Robbie was one of them. But there's always definitely an open door.”
The U.S. Under-20 national team finally found their attack on Thursday as they destroyed Aruba 8-0 in their third Group A match at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica.
LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson earned the start in the win and scored twice as the U.S. offense roared to life after two lackluster games against Guatemala and Panama. Columbus Crew youngster Romain Gall led all scorers with three goals while Emerson Hyndman, Tommy Thompson and Amando Moreno each added one goal in the victory.
Their first win in the competition secured, the U.S. will now take on host nation Jamaica on Sunday before ending their group stage play against Trinidad and Tobago on Jan. 21. The top team from both groups qualifies automatically for this summer's U-20 World Cup in New Zealand while the second and third place teams will face off in a decisive one-game playoff for a chance to qualify for the tournament.
Things went from bad to worse for the U.S. Under-20's during their U-20 CONCACAF Championship campaign on Sunday.
Panama's U-20 side defeated Tab Ramos' squad 1-0 off a 79th minute goal from Los Canaleros' Carlos Small. The U.S. Under-20's are now 0-1-1 in their first two matches in Group A play after their disappointing 1-1 draw to Guatemala earlier this week. Despite their poor start, the U.S. squad needs only to finish in the top three in group play to have a chance to qualify for this summer's U-20 World Cup.
Galaxy Homegrown forward Bradford Jamieson IV started the match on the bench as the U.S. once again sputtered offensively against a Central American opponent. Jamieson was inserted at halftime with the U.S. struggling, but it was Panama who found the winner when Small capitalized on a ball over the top and placed it into the back of the net with a right-footed volley.
The U.S. return to action next Wednesday against Aruba and will then take on Jamaica on Jan. 18 before finishing up group play on Jan. 20 against Trinidad and Tobago.
Jurgen Klinsmann says injury the reason that LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez omitted from USMNT January camp roster
Oscar Sorto and Gyasi Zardes will be the LA Galaxy's representatives at the U.S. National Team's annual January camp, but there was one notable omission: USMNT defensive mainstay Omar Gonzalez.
Although there was some initial worry from the Twitterverse about why Gonzalez had been dropped, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann told U.S. Soccer's official website that a nagging injury prevented the LA Galaxy defender from being included in the squad.
"When you put together the roster for January Camp, you eventually talk to the players, you talk to their club coaches and everyone is in a bit of a different situation," Klinsmann said. "The season here has a different schedule than overseas or in Mexico, and here and there you run into issues with players that you think it’s better if they maybe keep on curing some injuries, like in the case of Omar Gonzalez or Graham Zusi. They are not fully fit yet, so we decided to say ‘take it easy going into pre-season of your club team’."
UPDATE: Fox Soccer's Alexi Lalas provided an update on Gonzalez via Twitter saying that he is undergoing "proactive knee maintenance"
— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) January 9, 2015
Gonzalez enjoyed a strong year for the U.S. in 2014 as he appeared in his first FIFA World Cup while also making eight appearances for Klinsmann's side.
LA Galaxy Homegrowns Oscar Sorto and Gyasi Zardes called up to the U.S. National Team's annual January camp
CARSON, Calif. -- Oscar Sorto and Gyasi Zardes have officially gone from the LA Galaxy Academy all the way to the U.S. National Team.
Galaxy Homegrown Players Oscar Sorto and Gyasi Zardes were among the 28-man roster named by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the team's annual January camp at StubHub Center from Jan. 12 to Feb. 8. The training camp will end with a pair of matches for the U.S. against Chile in South America on Jan. 28 and against CONCACAF rivals Panama on Feb. 8 at StubHub Center.
The call-ups will be the first from the senior team for both Sorto and Zardes. While Zardes carries no tournament experience, the 20-year-old Sorto was a member of the U.S. Under-20 squad during their participation in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The inclusions of youngsters like Sorto and Zardes are part of Klinsmann's stated goal of bringing in Olympic-eligible players as the USMNT looks ahead to not only the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer, but also the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. The U.S. Under-23's famously missed out on the 2012 Olympic Games in London which were won by CONCACAF archrivals Mexico.
“The prize in 2015 for the senior National Team is the Gold Cup, and this camp will give a lot of our players a chance to kick start their preparations for an important year,” Klinsmann said. “We also get an opportunity to introduce the next wave of young players into the program, and in particular work with many of our Olympic-age guys as they build toward qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.”
The complete U.S. roster is below.
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alex Bono (unattached), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (out of contract), Dennis Flores (Club Leon), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool FC), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (6): Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julio Morales (Tepic), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena on Steven Gerrard: "we want to get him pushed as close to goal as we can"
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters on Wednesday to discuss the club’s newest Designated Player signing of Liverpool FC midfielder Steven Gerrard.
Gerrard will remain with Liverpool until the end of their season and will be eligible to play when the league’s transfer window opens in mid-January.
Arena’s complete comments from the conference call can be found below.
(On how the Galaxy intend to rotate their midfield around Gerrard…)
ARENA: I’m not spending a whole lot of time on that right now. We have seven months or so until Stevie arrives here in Los Angeles, and we’re going to play out the process of our team, see how it moves forward, and see how we’re ready to utilize Stevie once he gets here.
(On how Gerrard relates to other European arrivals to MLS like Beckham and Keane…)
ARENA: I think that they have proven track records. They’re winners, they’re great people, they’ve been terrific leaders on their clubs previous to coming to the Galaxy, and their qualities speak for themselves. Stevie has the characteristics of David Beckham and Robbie Keane, he’s a terrific players, he’s of great character, a great teammate and a great leader, so I think he’ll complement our team in a very positive way.
(On Gerrard’s versatility in the midfield…)
ARENA: In my observation of Stevie over the years, he’s not only been a central midfielder, he’s played a little bit shaded to the left or right underneath the strikers, so he can play a variety of positions in midfield. My guess is we’ll play him closer to the forwards than our center backs. He’s a player obviously with very good attacking qualities and we want to get him pushed as close to goal as we can, when we can. So I think we can accommodate that through a variety of positions. It’ll take a little bit of time, but we’ll get it figured out by the time that Stevie arrives.
(On the criticism that Gerrard receives for being unable to track back…)
ARENA: Steven Gerrard is a great player. He played in the 2014 World Cup, he plays for one of the top clubs in England… He’s got great experience, great understanding of the game; he’s quite capable of playing on both sides of the ball. I believe he’ll be a very good player for us in MLS.C
(On if Arena will manage Gerrard’s minutes…)
ARENA: I will manage his minutes. I’m going to try to get him on the field as much as possible.
(On the process to sign Gerrard…)
ARENA: First of all, I think Stevie did his homework, he was well aware of MLS and the Galaxy. He’s been here a couple of times, obviously with Liverpool, so he knew Southern California and L..A. He understands MLS, so there weren’t a whole lot of questions and he’s obviously been aware of Beckham and Keane at the Galaxy. But on and off over the years, Stevie’s always been a name that we’ve examined as a potential player to come to the Galaxy, and obviously over the recent months we’ve obviously pursued the player… Over the last two or three weeks, things came together pretty quickly.
(On if the Galaxy had other options…)
ARENA: We were looking at three or four players over the last three or four months, and obviously, Stevie was there all along. I would say that I thought it was going to be a longshot to acquire Stevie, but as we got closer to the year, interest on both parties picked up, and we were very fortunate to be able to secure a deal.
(On how Keane and Gerrard will combine…)
ARENA: They’re two outstanding players. They’ve played together before, they know each other, and I think in a short period of time they’re going to be able to have a great understanding of each other, and I’m quite confident that we’ll see they’re going to be able to help create chances for the LA Galaxy.
(On Robbie Keane’s input in the Gerrard signing…)
ARENA: To be honest with you, I have not spoken to Robbie Keane about this. Maybe a month or so ago, I let him know we were talking with Stevie, but we didn’t talk about how he fit in with the team and everything else. I just acknowledged the fact that Stevie was a player that we had an interest in.
LA Galaxy forward Bradford Jamieson IV named to U.S. U-20 roster for 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson IV has been named to the U.S. U-20 head coach Tab Ramos' 20-man roster for the 2015 U-20 CONCACAF Championship in Jamaica.
After being drawn into Group A, U.S. will open the tournament on Jan. 9 against Guatemala before facing Panama on Jan. 11, Aruba on Jan. 14, the host nation Jamaica on Jan. 18, and finally Trinidad and Tobago on Jan. 21. Only four countries will qualify from the tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
Jamieson joins the team after playing a major role for USL PRO side LA Galaxy II and making his professional debut for the Galaxy in July 2014. The 18-year-old is among six players who will represent MLS clubs and is the second with an LA Galaxy link, joining former Galaxy Academy product Paul Arriola who is currently with Liga MX side Club Tijuana.
The complete roster is below.
CARSON, Calif. – No member of the LA Galaxy showed more growth and progress in 2015 than outside back Robbie Rogers.
In 2013, Rogers struggled with injuries en route to a disappointing season while also dealing with the scrutiny of being the first openly gay professional athlete in a major American sport. A year later, the story was far different for the 26-year-old as Rogers settled into a new role as the club’s left back amid injuries to veteran options Todd Dunivant and James Riley. At the end of the season, Rogers solidified himself as one of the finest left backs in MLS as he was a vital part in the LA Galaxy’s MLS Cup winning squad with 24 appearances in all MLS competitions with three assists.
As important as 2014 was for the defender, 2015 could be even bigger for Rogers as he looks to not further his development as an outside back, but also continue his push for a place on the U.S. National Team. With Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad needing depth at left back ahead of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup in light of DaMarcus Beasley’s international retirement, Rogers may find a spot in the USMNT’s depth chart.
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LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson IV is among 21 players named to the U.S. Under-20 squad's pre-World Cup qualifying training camp in which began on Sunday. Jamieson was also chosen by head coach Tab Ramos to the team's 35-man preliminary roster from which he will select 20 for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
Ramos will name his 20 man roster for the tournament on Jan. 2 with the camp running until Jan. 5. The U.S. squad will kick off the U-20 Championship on Jan. 9 against host nation Jamaica in Kingston.
“I am looking forward to our last camp leading into U-20 World Cup qualifying, and there will be some very difficult selections in what we think is a very competitive, deep and united pool of players,” said Ramos in a statement on USSoccer.com. “They have performed well together over the past 18 months.”
The complete rosters for both the training camp and the preliminary roster are below.
35-man Provisional Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jeff Caldwell (Virginia), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg)
DEFENDERS (12): Michael Amick (UCLA), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Conor Donovan (N.C. State), Chase Gasper (UCLA), Luis Martir (Chivas Guadalajara), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Shaquell Moore (Unattached), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Tommy Redding (Orlando City), John Requejo (Club Tijuana), Tyler Turner (Orlando City)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana), Corey Baird (Stanford), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC), Luis Felipe (Cruzeiro), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew SC), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union), Joel Soñora (CA Boca Juniors)
FORWARDS (8): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Alex Muyl (Georgetown), Andrija Novakovich (Reading), Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht), Ben Spencer (Indy Eleven), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)
21-man Camp Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Horvath, Steffen
DEFENDERS (7): Donovan, Gasper, Martir, Miazga, Moore, Requejo, Turner
MIDFIELDERS (7): Acosta, Arce, Canouse, Delgado, Flores, Gall, Gooch
FORWARDS (5): Arriola, Jamieson IV, Moreno, Spencer, Thompson
Retired LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan received a lifetime achievement award from Univision during their Premios Unvision Deportes which aired on Thursday night.
A visibly emotional Donovan was presented the award by MLS commissioner Don Garber while presenters Ivan Kasanzew and Enrique “Perro” Bermudez showed Donovan a video of fans from across the country thanking him for his soccer exploits. The MLS and U.S. Soccer scoring leader then went on to give a speech in which he thanked several including the kids that he grew up playing soccer with who helped inspire him to learn Spanish.
Although the video is entirely in Spanish, it's worth a watch given how emotional Donovan became at receiving such a distinct honor.
Check it out above.