Klinsmann completes roster, kicks off training camp for upcoming matches.
By Robert Wagman
(Monday, May 21, 2012) -- United States men's coach Jürgen Klinsmann rounded out his roster yesterday for an upcoming series of matches by adding 11 players to 16 already named for a training camp beginning today in Orlando, Fla.
Klinsmann will cut the roster to a final 23-man roster Friday ahead of Saturday's game against Scotland in Jacksonville, Fla.. Two more friendlies follow preceding the first two World Cup qualifiers of this cycle.
The new additions are defenders Geoff Cameron, Clarence Goodson, Oguchi Onyewu and Michael Parkhurst; midfielder Graham Zusi; and strikers Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Terrence Boyd, Landon Donovan, Herculez Gomez and Chris Wondolowski.
Altidore will remain with his club AZ Alkmaar of the Netherlands until May 28 and miss the Scotland match. Clubs do not have to release their players until June 1.
"We are excited now to get towards full numbers with the MLS guys and also the players from Europe who are coming in with great form," said Klinsmann. "We want them to pick up the rhythm as fast as possible and make them understand that we are taking the next couple weeks very seriously. We will continue with our rhythm of two trainings a day and see where the players are really at before we make our final decisions on the 23-man roster for the upcoming games."
There are some surprises among players missing from this call-up. They include center-back Tim Ream of England's Bolton Wanderers, defender Eric Lichaj of England's Aston Villa, midfielder Sacha Kljestan of Belgium's Anderlecht, midfielder DaMarcus Beasley of Puebla of Mexico and midfielder Brek Shea of Major League Soccer's FC Dallas.
It would appear that Klinsmann is honoring the three-match suspension handed out to Shea by MLS for kicking a ball at an assistant referee to protest a call.
"We have watched Brek during the last few months, and given his performances and some of the other issues, we felt he should be on the standby list," Klinsmann told the U.S. Soccer Federation web site. "He's still a young player with a lot of talent and also a lot to learn."
One player reporting to camp with an injury is forward Clint Dempsey. He is recovering from a groin ailment, suffered in the last week of training at Fulham of England and he is questionable for the Scotland match. He hasn't practiced since arriving in Orlando.
After facing Scotland, the U.S. will face Brazil four days later in Landover, Md., and Canada in Toronto on June 3. The World Cup semifinal qualifiers are against Antigua and Barbuda in Tampa, Fla. on June 8, followed by what promises to be the most difficult match to date, a visit to Guatemala on June 11.
The complete roster is:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Tim Howard (Everton, England), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake, Major League Soccer).
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo, MLS), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana, Mexico), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brøndby, Denmark), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjællandm Denmark).
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake, MLS), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona, Italy), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana, Mexico), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Fabian Johnson (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Germany), Jermaine Jones (FC Schalke 04, Germany), Jose Torres (Pachuca, Mexico), Danny Williams (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Germany), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City, MLS).
Forwards: Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA, MLS), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna, Mexico), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes, MLS).
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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