US men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has announced his roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica (Sept. 6) and Mexico (Sept. 10).
The 23-man roster is:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England), Tim Howard (Everton/England), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/MLS)
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City/MLS), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/Germany), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/MLS), Omar González (Los Angeles Galaxy/MLS), Michael Orozco (Puebla/Mexico)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/MLS), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/France), Michael Bradley (AS Roma/Italy), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/Norway), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/Germany), Jermaine Jones (Schalke/Germany), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City/MLS)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/England), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/MLS), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy/MLS), Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC/MLS).
Here’s what Klinsmann said about the roster:
“The job of a national team coaching staff is to look for the next generation of players. What brings the next wave? And in looking at players such as a Mix Diskerud, Joe Corona, John Brooks, Aron Johannsson and even a Alejandro Bedoya, who was already in the team but pushed it to a new level over the last couple of months, if you look at those players, you see a growth coming through. We want to continue to see them on their path, to see them continue to challenge themselves and established players for spots and prove they are ready for the next level, and that makes it exciting for us.
“What we saw in Bosnia from John [Brooks] and Aron [Johannsson] is exactly what we have seen from them over the last 1 ½ years following them. We’ve been tracking them for a long time, communicating with them and their coaches for quite a while and they confirmed that they belong with their performances in Bosnia. It gives us more options. It gives us the situation where Aron is now challenging Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore. He’s a forward, he’s hungry and wants to score goals. As far as John Brooks, he is already challenging the spots of the center backs Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler, and Clarence Goodson, and it makes things better for us because competition will help us raise the quality. If they are all on their toes and ready to prove their qualities 24/7 the whole year through, then we raise the bar. Those new players also need confidence and support from the coaching staff, just like all the players need, and with us selecting them now for Costa Rica shows them that we have trust and believe in them.”
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