“The camp will be led by Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, and the established guys that badly want to use this camp to get a head start into their very busy season,” Klinsmann explained. “The other huge focus really is that we need to help our younger, standard U-23 players to get a head start because they still need to qualify for Rio de Janeiro.”
In defense, Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler is the most experienced of a group that includes New York Red Bulls’ Matt Miazga and two players who can play fullback as well as midfield: FC Dallas’s Kellyn Acosta and Montreal’s Eric Miller. Chicago’s Matt Polster and Vancouver’s Tim Parker, coming off their first MLS campaigns, get their first extended senior team looks, while San Jose midfielder Marc Pelosi, previously part of Liverpool’s system, is listed as a defender by US Soccer.
In goal, DC United’s Bill Hamid is joined by Red Bulls veteran Luis Robles, who will look to build on the one senior cap he earned in at the 2009 Gold Cup.
The January camp roster, as announced by US Soccer:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (DC United), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)
DEFENDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Marc Pelosi (San Jose Earthquakes), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (Unattached), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Tony Tchani (Columbus Crew SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart), Jordan Morris (Unattached), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)