Jurgen Klinsmann names US roster for Mexico friendly
US national team fans who were expecting a dose of life and fresh
perspective with the naming of Jurgen Klinsmann as new head coach won’t
be disappointed by the German icon’s first USMNT roster.
Klinsmann unveiled his 22-man squad on Thursday for next week’s
friendly against Mexico in Philadelphia, and the surprise list of names
is a mix of trusted veterans, former US cast-offs and a stunning
infusion of youth.
Among the biggest surprises are that the squad includes a handful of
late snubs from last year’s World Cup roster, such as Kyle Beckerman and
Heath Pearce. It also includes players who had brief cups of coffee
with the senior team, such as Edgar Castillo and Michael Orozo Fiscal,
two of four players based in Mexico.
And perhaps most surprising is the inclusion of 20-year-old D.C. United
Home Grown goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who will back up his longtime idol
Klinsmann also continued his predecessor Bob Bradley’s trend of
selecting German-born players, recalling Jermaine Jones and Timmy
Chandler. They are among six players who ply their trade in Klinsmann’s
native country, joining 2010 World Cup veterans Steve Cherundolo,
Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark and Edson Buddle.
Other returnees from South Africa include DaMarcus Beasley, captain
Carlos Bocanegra, all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu,
Clarence Goodson and José Francisco Torres. Freddy Adu also returns to
the team on the back of his strong CONCACAF Gold Cup performance.
Major League Soccer is well-represented on the squad, with seven
players. In addition to Beckerman, Pearce, Hamid and Donovan, MLS also
counts on FC Dallas star Brek Shea and New York Red Bulls teammates Juan
Agudelo and Tim Ream.
“One of the goals of the roster for this game and moving forward is to
create competition at each position,” Klinsmann said in a statement.
“There are many players who are established as well as many players who
will get opportunities, and we want there to be a healthy contest for
spots on the roster. We will get a good look at where each player is as
quickly as we can during the short time in camp, and we will finish with
an exciting game against Mexico.”
The US and Mexico kick off on Aug. 10 at Lincoln Financial Field in
Philadelphia at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT (ESPN2, Univisión). The US are seeking their
first win against their archrivals since February of 2009, when the
Americans beat El Tri 2-0 in World Cup qualifying in Columbus, Ohio.
The US have lost three straight to Mexico in all senior competitions,
their worst spell in 12 years. El Tri rallied on the Americans in June’s
Gold Cup final, turning around a 2-0 first-half deficit into a 4-2
victory in Bob Bradley’s final game in charge.
FULL USA ROSTER:
Goalkeepers (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton/England)
Defenders (8): Carlos Bocanegra
(Saint-Etienne/France), Edgar Castillo (Club América/Mexico), Timmy
Chandler (FC Nürnberg/Germany), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/Germany),
Clarence Goodson (Brøndby/Denmark), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San
Luis/Mexico), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
Midfielders (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake),
Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach/Germany), Ricardo Clark
(Eintracht Frankfurt/Germany), Maurice Edu (Rangers/Scotland), Jermaine
Jones (Schalke 04/Germany), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), José Francisco Torres
Forwards (5): Freddy Adu (Benfica/Portugal), Juan
Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico), Edson
Buddle (FC Ingolstadt/Germany), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)