BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, August 28, 2014
Jurgen Klinsmann today announced his roster for the Czech Republic game and the 2018 cycle will kick off with youth.
Emerson Hyndman, Rubio Rubin, and Jordan Morris were all called into the team for the first time despite very few, if any, professional appearances among them. Morris became the first college player called into the team since the mid 90's.
Overall there were six uncapped players on the roster. In addition to Morris, Hyndman, and Rubin, Klinsmann also called up Greg Garza, Cody Cropper, and Joe Gyau who are all looking for their first international appearance.
There were other surprises as well. Brek Shea will join the team despite a being out of favor at Stoke and not having played much since moving to England at the start of 2013. Geoff Cameron arrives on the squad despite an injury and he is unlikely to play.
The game will also serve as the opening of the Brad Guzan-era in goal. With Tim Howard having made the decision to take a year off from the national team, the Aston Villa stalwart has the opportunity to grab the number one position after having being the backup for nearly eight years.
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)