BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, November 1, 2011
With the US national team camp set to open next week, new faces could find themselves into the team.
The friendlies and in both September and October have seen some players establish themselves with the team while other players have struggled.
It is important to realize that there is also a U23 camp going on at the same time. At that Olympic camp in Germany you will most likely find young players like Teal Bunbury, Mikkel Diskerud, Juan Agudelo, and Bill Hamid who have spent time with the full US team in the past.
Not all US U23 players will be at the U23 camp, however. Top players like Brek Shea, Jozy Altidore, Timothy Chandler, and Danny Williams will likely be with the senior national team.
The past two months has seen strong play from players likes of Sacha Kljestan, Chris Rolfe, Michael Parkhurst, and Herculez Gomez who have all played great soccer the past few months and could catch the eye of Klinsmann.
In addition, players like Tim Ream and Michael Orozco have struggled and could sit these games out.
The injury is pretty similar to what it was for the October games. Jose Torres, Eric Lichaj, and Stuart Holden all remain out. Josh Gatt was in the mix for his first callup but he is out with a pulled hamstring. Fabian Johnson, however, is now playing again for Hoffenheim and he could earn his first cap in November.
Also with MLS playoffs set for their final stretch, Klinsmann may not select players from teams still in contention. In this predicted roster, I'll name alternates for the MLS players still alive
Predicted 23 Player Roster
Nick Rimando (replace with Brad Guzan if club conflict with Real Salt Lake)
Omar Gonzalez (replace with George John if club conflict with LA Galaxy)
Kyle Beckerman (Replace with Jeff Larentowicz if conflict with Real Salt Lake)
Landon Donovan (Replace with Benny Feilhaber if conflict with LA Galaxy)