KLINSMANN NAMES ROSTER FOR MEXICO
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, August 4, 2011
New USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named his first roster ahead of next Wednesday's friendly against Mexico in Philadelphia.

As expected, the roster did not consist or many new players as Klinsmann is still admittedly getting himself familiar with the player pool.

The roster consists of 22 players with seven coming from MLS and 15 coming from abroad.

The US will be lead by regulars Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, and Carlos Bocanegra.

While most of the players have been regulars with the US national team there were some surprises. Bill Hamid has earned his first national team callup after a strong season with DC United.

Mexican-based players Michael Orozco, Edgar Castillo, and Jose Francisco Torres will also return to the team after long absences.

MLS players Heath Pearce and Kyle Beckerman have been away from the team for more than a year but will also travel to Philadelphia.

Notable absenses are Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Oguchi Onyewu, and Eric Lichaj.

In their last game, the USMNT fell to Mexico 4-2 in the final of the Gold Cup in what turned out to be the last game of Bob Bradley's five year tenure as head coach.

Goalkeepers

Hamid, Bill DC United (MLS)
Howard, Tim Everton (England)

Defenders

Bocanegra, Carlos St. Etienne (France)
Castillo, Edgar Club America (Mexico)
Chandler, Timothy FC Nurnberg (Germany)
Cherundolo, Steve Hannover (Germany)
Goodson, Clarence Brondby (Denmark)
Orozco, Michael San Luis (Mexico)
Pearce, Heath CD Chivas (MLS)
Ream, Tim New York Red Bulls (MLS)

Midfielders

Beckerman, Kyle Salt Lake (MLS)
Bradley, Michael Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)
Clark, Ricardo Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)
Edu, Maurice Rangers (Scotland)
Jones, Jermaine Schalke 04 (Germany)
Shea, Brek FC Dallas (MLS)
Torres, Jose Francisco Pachuca (Mexico)

Forwards

Adu, Fredy Benfica (Portugal)
Agudelo, Juan New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Beasley, DaMarcus Puebla (Mexico}
Buddle, Edson FC Ingolstadt (Germany)
Donovan, Landon LA Galaxy (MLS)
Der Erlkönig
Sunday August 7, 2011 11:35 pm
Im guessing no Jozy due to the fact that he is still getting settled with a new team. Dempsey and Fulham have a full slate of games already with the Premier League season starting and they have already been active in the Europa League. I'm glad to see Torres and Castillo in there as well as Chandler. I think this is a good mix for a friendly match. It gives young guys experience and they get to show what they can do. Not sure about Ricardo Clark tho.....
Carlos
Sunday August 7, 2011 6:22 pm
Robbie Rogers will replace Maurice Edu
muchadu
Sunday August 7, 2011 1:20 pm
How come no one is asking for Charlie Davies!! He has got to be our striker of the future with JA and Jozy. Did everyone forget he scored the last time we were in Azteca?! Not an easy feat for USMT players! Klinsman will love him as he is as aggressive a forward that we have had since Wynalda. Freddy good, Beas and Clark questionable at best.
FellowWorker1905
Saturday August 6, 2011 12:36 pm
If folks insist upon calling it the USMNT (or US Men's National Team), then they MUST also refer to Mexico as the Mexican Men's National Team. But they don't. Why? Because it sounds stupid and is not necessary.
It also sounds stupid and is not necessary to call the USNT the US-Men's-NT as it is only the ladies (who chocked on a good one at the ladies World Cup v Japan, but that's okay 'cause now they can go back to playing for such top flight clubs as majicjack.com and the Atlanta Beets; wait, that's the Atlanta Beat; and that sounds even dumber) who needs a gender qualifier.
You don't think so? Yeah, you're right. Heh, isn't it fun Lionel Messi play for Argetina's Men's National Team, or when Pele was playing for Brazil's Men's National Team, etc., etc.
Hoppy
Friday August 5, 2011 9:48 pm
.........and just like that, Tim Chandler is reported to be injured again and will miss another USMNT appearance.... I will feel a lot better when we finally see Tim suit up for the Nats again.....
eurofan
Friday August 5, 2011 6:21 pm
Hold onto your seats boys, Mexico is bringing the team from the Gold Cup....so they are in it for the embarrassing win...hopefully our boys can hold them or take it to them
Mark WNY
Friday August 5, 2011 12:57 pm
Mexico is probably is going to go with:

Ochoa
Juarez Marquez Moreno Salcido
Castro Torrado
Barrera Gio Guaradado
Arellano

Who do you think will be our starting XI? To take advantage of speed/height - what about :

Howard
Chandler Goodson Boca Castillo
Edu Jones Torres
Adu Donovan
Edson
Scott
Friday August 5, 2011 12:09 pm
I like the roster. Guys fighting for spaces aren't there, Fulham are playing for Europa so I'd imagine they wouldn't be willing to let Clint go cause even though Europa's not close to Champions, it's still extra money and letting Clint out there on an international stage.

It's nice to see Timmy on the roster instead of Bornstein. I like Chandler's future, I think he and Lichaj will be our fullbacks of the future. It's a shame that Bradley may have put our chances of keeping him around at risk.

If that's how they're listing players is Klinsmann going with a 4-3-3? I kinda hope so, have a foward 3 of Landon, Freddy, and Agudelo.
Dave
Friday August 5, 2011 12:08 pm
I was a little suprised by some of the players called into this camp. Beckerman, Clark, Beasley, & Buddle; while decent players are all a little LONG in the tooth. I understand the need to have some older players to provide guidance/experience to the young guys, but I still question if these are the right ones to bring in.
I was happy to see some of the younger players like Shea, Torres, and Chandler...along with some of the Fringe type players like Orozco & Castillo, but would have liked to have maybe seen some others as well. Players like Joe Corona, George John, Sheanon Williams, and maybe Danial Williams; but maybe JK is waiting for the January Camp for those types of call ups.
Kyle
Friday August 5, 2011 9:10 am
Beckerman and Shea have been nothing short of awful for USMNT.

I'm not sure I believe that a focus on Latino players will bring the results Klinsmann expects. America and Mexico have extremely different playing styles. I suppose it's worth experimenting in friendlies though.

I'll be excited to see a new look
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