U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann selected 18 MLS players for his 20-player camp roster to prepare for friendlies versus Venezuela and Panama. Five MLS players are looking for their first cap and more than half have only one or two caps with the USMNT. Training starts on January 3.
“We have an internal ranking of players in each position based on how we want to play, and many of these players are next in line,” said Klinsmann.
The USA host Venezuela on January 21 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona and on January 25, Panama hosts the USA at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City.
“We plan on introducing all of our methods to this next group of players,” said Klinsmann. “That’s why we chose Athlete’s Performance as our base for the first nine days, to help them understand what being a professional 24/7 really is about it.”
Klinsmann worked with Athlete’s Performance while he managed the German National Team and later Bayern Munich. Klinsmann has used three colleagues from Athlete’s Performance – Darcy Norman, Mark Verstegen and Masaya Sakihana as assistant coaches since he was appointed head coach. Click here to read an interview with Darcy Norman about Klinsmann’s new USMNT training program.
Six of the selected players have been training in the offseason with Europeon clubs: Agudelo (Stuttgart, Liverpool), Beckerman (FC Kaiserslautern), Bill Hamid (West Bromwich Albion), Sean Johnson (Everton), Jeff Larentowicz (Bolton) and Shea (Arsenal). Additionally, five players on the roster are age-eligible to compete in qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games: Agudelo, Bunbury, Hamid, Johnson and Shea.
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GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), George John (FC Dallas), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), C.J. Sapong (Sporting Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
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