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U.S. national team camp roster to be announced Friday

Jan 2, 2014, 6:07 PM EST

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The roster for this year’s annual January national team camp will be released sometime Friday, U.S. national team spokesman Michael Kammarman confirmed to me late Thursday afternoon.

U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann will name 26 players for the camp.

There is something quite important to know about this year’s gathering: it’s anything but a “Camp Cupcake.”

That’s a term I always thought was a little silly anyway. Nothing “cupcake” about early morning sessions of the run-til-you-hurl variety. Nor anything “cupcake” about ambitious, talented players doing all they possibly can to elevate their careers.

Either way, this year’s January camp, which begins Jan. 6 at the usual place, the national team’s training center just outside Los Angeles, will feature more players bound for the World Cup than past winter camps. (Which makes it more newsworthy than past camps.)

That’s not something U.S. Soccer has said officially, but if we examine the recent roster and put a brain around it, this becomes all too clear.

The January camp is usually for MLS players (who are in their off-season) and U.S. men earning their way in Scandinavian leagues (which are on winter break). Well, this time around, about half of the World Cup roster will come from MLS. That’s a big jump from 2010, when just four of the 23 players were Major League Soccer men.

So, expect a dozen or so MLS men who are all but booked for Brazil, plus a few MLS-attached Americans who are breaking into the national team program, or who stand along the bubble of World Cup roster selection.

  1. mkbryant3 - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Ok. I’m worried. We are now within the range of an serious injury ruining a player’s WC chances. Armas in 2002. Big bummer.

    • Steve Davis - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Oooh. That’s a great point. Do we dare name it the “Armas zone?”

    • mvktr2 - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      Guys blow out their knees getting out of bed in the morning, even pro athletes. If there is a weakness it’s going to ‘blow’ period. The ‘someone gonna get injured’ argument reminds me of Nick Saban’s response when fans were wondering why Julio Jones was returning punts, ‘he could just as easily get hurt playing WR, should we hold him out of that as well?’

      • Sgc - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        Risk/reward. You think about the risk more when you assess the reward to be lower.

        Also, there’s the theory that the accumulation of games matters (that is, the 51st game you play is more likely to cause you an injury than the 11th).

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