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Early U.S. national team roster talking points for upcoming friendlies and World Cup qualifiers

May 16, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT

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U.S. Soccer released its full roster for two upcoming friendlies and three World Cup qualifiers over the next six weeks. Here are the major discussion points:

  • As expected, the roster is beefier than usual, including 28 invitees. That is mostly to account for eight players sitting on yellow cards, which threatens to leave Klinsmann’s side short if a couple of the wrong men pick up bookings during one of the first two World Cup qualifiers in June. (The team plays three qualifiers in June.)
  • The camp opens in Cleveland on May 26 rather than a few days earlier in California as previously planned. With so many players preparing to stagger into the camp late anyway (mostly due to ongoing club commitments), and recognizing a need for extra rest for others, Klinsmann adjusted his original intent.
  • Jozy Altidore reports on May 26, which means U.S. Soccer the young striker’s Dutch club did reach accord after all. Isn’t it great when all the kids play nicely in the sandbox?
  • Sean Johnson (May 26-30), Bill Hamid (May 30-June 2), Tally Hall (June 2-June 8) and Nick Rimando (June 9-19) will all rotate through camp as the third goalkeeper behind Tim Howard (pictured along with Eddie Johnson) and Brad Guzan. It’s a novel approach – but one that helps keep the players in the U.S. fold, while helping to minimize distraction to their clubs.
  • As expected, Landon Donovan is not on the roster. We’ve chewed up that ground pretty good … but why let that stop us. Stay tuned for more on that one …
  • Steve Cherundolo is not on the roster. More on that later, too(UPDATED: More on that right here)

A whole kit and caboodle of roster notes from U.S. Soccer can be found here. Meanwhile, the U.S. roster announced today:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)

Midfielders: Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

Look for updates and for more on Thursday’s announcement later today at PST.

  1. docstraw - May 16, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    I dunno, EJ is useless in my opinion and I don’t get why Brek Shea is called up over and over again when he hasn’t played regular ball for ages. Brad Davis is also a waste of a spot. Am I the only one who is tired of seeing Joe Corona called on over and over again? What is so special about him? He is as anonymous as it gets.

    • wandmdave - May 16, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      I like Corona. He is young and on the cusp of contributing. Davis is old and imo not talented enough to make that wisdom count for anything so I do question that call. I’d rather have another young up and comer there.

      If you think LD doesn’t deserve to be in the pool until he proves his commitment as I do then Shea’s inclusion makes more sense. Despite the lack of playing time I’d say he is probably the most talented option we got right now.

    • talgrath - May 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Eddie Johnson has really improved in his form and he has been scoring for Sounders FC, he gives the USMNT a tall forward who can head the ball in on set pieces and he’s pretty fast to boot. Brek Shea is easily one of the most promising young US players, though I do worry he might be out of form due to his injury time off.

  2. drewvt6 - May 17, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    The talking points should be:

    1. Why bring in a player still only at 80% whose only action was in the English 3rd Division and not Landon Donovan?

    2. Why bring in a player who wasn’t able to finish the German season because of injuries and not Landon Donovan?

    3. Why bring in a player who can’t even make the gameday roster in England and not Landon Donovan?

    • talgrath - May 17, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Why? Two reasons: the big one is that Landon hasn’t been playing well lately; the second reason is that Landon took a bunch of time off when the USMNT could have used him, he has to prove he wants to be back on the team and that he definitely will be the best midfielder the US has. Right now Landon Donovan isn’t in-form and didn’t show for crucial WCQ, the better question is, why do we want a lazy player on our team?

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