KENYA BROWN - Monday, November 7, 2016
US natioanl team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced on Sunday a 26-man roster ahead of the start of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Mexico and Costa Rica.
Among the surprise call-ups for the upcoming games is Cameron Carter-Vickers. The highly-touted Tottenham defender will be entering his first camp for the team and could earn his first cap. As rumors have swirled that England are closely monitoring the progress of the 18-year-old, Klinsmann will certainly want to cap-tie him for Americans should they have a comfortable lead against either of their competitors.
The US back line comprises of the usual suspects with the exception of Geoff Cameron. The Stoke City man has been left off the roster as he continues to recover from a knee injury he suffered in a game on Oct. 22 against Hull City. This means Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler, Steve Birnbaum and Michael Orozco will be competing to partner with John Brooks in central defense.
Jermaine Jones has earned a call-up to the team after recovering from a knee injury that kept him out of action for the Colorado Rapids for weeks. However, the 35-year-old returned to the team over the weekend in their playoff game against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Christian Pulisic and Julian Green have been included in the group. The 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund wunderkind could make his first start in the game against the United States' cross-border rivals Mexico as he has played well so far this season in Bundesliga. Green, 21, earns the call-up after scoring twice in the team's two friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand. He followed that up with his first professional goal for Bayern Munich in the German Cup against Augsburg.
Lynden Gooch and Caleb Stanko will also be entering their first camp for the senior and hope to make an impressions that will earn a place in the 23-man roster.
Jozy Altidore will be expected to bag the goals the US need in their qualifiers as he has been on fire lately. The Toronto FC forward has scored 11 goals in his last 14 games.
Bobby Wood, Aron Johannsson or Jordan Morris can partner with Altidore up top. Both Wood and Johannsson have had some difficulty as of late with their teams. The former was recently suspened for three games after lashing out at an opposition player in a game for Hamburg, while the latter has not featured for Werder Bremen since returing from his own
suspension. Meanwhile, Morris is questionable after suffering a hamstring string strain during the Seattle Sounders' playoff game against FC Dallas.
The US will face off against Mexico on November 11 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, and head down to Central America to take on Costa Rica four days later.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids)
William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)
Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United)
John Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca)
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana)
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC)
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids)
Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz)
Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC)
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC)
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)