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United States camp roster to drop on Sunday, plus other news bits on Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team

Jan 4, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

Head coach of the U.S. national soccer team Klinsmann of Germany looks at his players during a practice session at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City

Developments are coming apace now after a relatively slow period for the U.S. national team, last heard from substantially during that November draw in Russia.

Just the other day, U.S. Soccer announced the next public training session, set for Jan. 28 in Houston, a day before the United States meets Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium in South Texas.

Today comes news that Klinsmann (pictured) will unveil his next training camp roster Sunday, a day before the annual January U.S. national team camp begins at the Home Depot Center outside Los Angeles.  The camp roster (mostly MLS men and talent from the Scandinavian leagues now on break) will be announced during Fox Soccer Channel’s Goals on Sunday show, around 1 p.m. ET.

One apparent difference in this camp, compared to past January camps, will be its revealing nature into Klinsmann’s thinking.  Word is that Klinsmann’s selections will fairly accurately reflect the next men in line along the staff’s depth chart (after the obvious choices playing in England, Germany, Spain and Italy, who are busy with clubs in those lands and will not be part of the camp).

That’s different than most January camps, which are frequently used to introduce younger athletes to a higher, international level. So, the men reporting for this one (with a week of fitness before the bulk of the “soccer” work commences) arrive with a certain standing in the eyes of the staff, already.

Finally, there is no encouraging word to offer on the TV situation for U.S. vs. Honduras, coming up in a month.

The national team’s quest to qualify for World Cup 2014 begins Feb. 6 in Honduras. The team will be in Florida in less than a month, prepping for departure into Central America.

Remember, the rights to road games for the United States now belong to beIN Sport, which continues to be a rumor in many parts of the country. If your cable provider does not carry the beIN Sport … good luck!

  1. wfjackson3 - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Freaking beIN sport. No cable network should bother.

    • Steve Davis - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Well, you say that … and I do understand your frustration. But they DO have some great contracts now, like La Liga and Serie A. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to watch Michael Bradley play at Roma, Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, etc., on a more regular basis

  2. dreadpirate82 - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Looks like beIN Sport is now on Time Warner in Kansas City. Not sure I actually have the channel, but I’ll check it out when I get home.

  3. leightoncopley - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    This makes perfect sense with the news, a few days back, of Alfredo Morales possibly being called into camp. Always got the sense that JK and staff rate him (even if he isn’t playing regularly for B2 team). I have no problem with JK utilizing this camp in a non-traditional way. Better to take a look at the famous JK “depth chart” and let the coaching staff see these players up close esp. with a very busy 2013. Inevitably, the camp will be heavy in MLS and younger talent anyway.

  4. cornet76 - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Mr. Davis,

    I have to think there must be something behind all this recent increase in transparency from JK.

    My guess is, PR freak that he is, JK is trying to educate the fans on exactly what goes into building a team roster for this sort of thing. I don’t know if he reads soccer blogs but it’s pretty obvious most of the USMNT fans on such sites see it as a fantasy league exercise i.e. you pick the eleven who are perceived to look the best on paper, hence the almost hysterical over reaction to one game, one goal, one mistake, i.e. to almost anything a USMNT eligible does.

    Should Eugene Starikov score in his next two games you will immediately see calls for his inclusion in the January camps. Conversely, should Findley go on tear with Forest and get a call up the negativity will be near violent.

    The difference is Findley has already been tried and found wanting while Starikov is still an unknown, a grass is always greener prospect.

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