BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, August 29, 2013
US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann today announced his roster for the upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico
The qualifiers are significant in many ways. First, the U.S will take on Costa Rica in San Jose, where it has never won. It will then host Mexico in Columbus and try to win for the fourth straight cycle against its arch-rivals.
Second, a pair of wins or even four points could secure a spot next year in Brazil for the U.S team. The team is riding a 12 game winning streak so it has the momentum to do so.
On an individual note, the game against Costa Rica will be Clint Dempsey's 100th cap if he plays, as expected. It could also serve as a milestone for young defender John Anthony Brooks who could be cap-tied to the U.S team with an appearance in any one of the games.
The roster contains very few surprises. The notable omissions are Joe Corona and Sacha Kljestan who have played well at times for the U.S team in 2013 but who have fallen victim to the competitive nature of the team.
The game will also be a welcome back for Landon Donovan who will rejoin the core of the U.S team after a very successful Gold Cup in July.
The US will visit Costa Rica on September 6 and return to home to face Mexico in Columbus on September 10.
Guzan, Brad: Aston Villa
Howard, Tim: Everton
Rimando, Nick: Real Salt Lake
Beasley, DaMarcus: Puebla
Besler, Matt: Sporting Kansas City
Brooks, John: Hertha Berlin
Cameron, Geoff: Stoke City
Castillo, Edgar: Club Tijuana
Evans, Brad: Seattle Sounders
Gonzalez, Omar: LA Galaxy
Orozco, Michael: Puebla
Beckerman, Kyle: Real Salt Lake
Bedoya, Alejandro: FC Nantes
Bradley, Michael: AS Roma
Diskerud, Mix: Rosenborg
Johnson, Fabian Hoffenheim
Jones, Jermaine: Schalke 04
Zusi, Graham: Sporting Kansas City
Altidore, Jozy: Sunderland
Dempsey, Clint: Seattle Sounders
Donovan, Landon: LA Galaxy
Johannsson, Aron: AZ Alkmaar
Johnson, Eddie: Seattle Sounders