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)
Jon
Friday August 5, 2011 8:16 am
@Ilya

Of 7 MF, really only 2 play DM consistently. Dont forget MB scored 12 one season at Heerenveen. Shea is in the lead in goals in MLS and Torres is attacking mid. Beckerman distributes from CM and Edu movies up is paired appropriately. Only Rico and Jones are real DMs.
Ed C.
Friday August 5, 2011 3:52 am
really no need for the euro guys to be there, i would think. as you all state, the seasons are starting and time to get ready for the team that pays their salaries.

i'm really hoping that JK forms some kind of "euro base" for the players because there are a LOT of pretty decent guys over here who have a shot at the national team who play for lower leagues (watch out for D. Yao in Belgium). besides, asking the regulars to keep traveling across the ocean for camps and then games does take its toll.

comments? opinions? would a Euro base be a good thing?
Jeff
Friday August 5, 2011 12:22 am
Clark?

With edu, Bradley and jones do we really need Clark?

JK will figure that out soon enough. Pumped for thips game!!!!
Ilya
Thursday August 4, 2011 9:55 pm
1.Yelldell, Altidore, Gooch – with new clubs fighting for a place.
2.No players from England except Howard (because Yelldell is not available).
3.Bedoya, Diskerud, Sasha (Sweden, Norway, Belgium) - not this time.
4.Germany and Mexico represented very well.
5.Probably it does not mean too much, but Beasley, Landon and Adu listed as forwards.
6.From 7 midfielders 5 are DM. Even BB and Sampson did not allow themselves to invite so many DM.
7.Glad to see DMB, surprised with Beckerman and Clark.
8.It's only beginning...
kevin
Thursday August 4, 2011 7:46 pm
seems like a good time to not drag Dempsey from across the ocean since he's been playing non-stop... but I hope that's the thinking.
Scott
Thursday August 4, 2011 7:30 pm
I would have liked to see Diskerud or Corona in the mix (no pun intended), but this is just 1 game out of several.

I'm positive that players like Altidore, Dempsey, Bradley, Gooch, were left off so they could have a change to fight for a regular spot with their clubs. You talk so much of the necessity to get regular minutes, missing training and games right off the bat with a new club is no way to get it.

Its a new day, I can't wait to see what happens.
Ashley Watson
Thursday August 4, 2011 4:58 pm
Ummm... Decent picks considering the limited time he have. I am not too happy with Beckerman and Clark coming in. Perhaps some players didn't do well in Bradley's system, could prosper in Klinsmann's system? But I know that Jonathan Bornstein is not of an international quality no matter which system. I suspect that Beckerman is like that so I believe that Klinsmann would see that in the camp and not call him again. I expect to see the next two friendlies rosters to be better as he have more time then. So how he work with those players would be determined on who he name to the match and that starting XI, remains to be seen. I have never been that excited in years. Go USA!!
Mike Sims
Thursday August 4, 2011 4:46 pm
very happy to see Beckerman. The guy can simply control the midfield. His passing is solid and he can slow down or speed up the pace of a game. Feilhaber will be back in the mix soon enough, he is a good talent. Let him keep getting minutes for the Revs for now, thats the best thing for him in my opinion.
Dave
Thursday August 4, 2011 4:09 pm
Is J. Spector still in mix?
leeterofcola
Thursday August 4, 2011 3:51 pm
From the looks of this, he's going to try and play some variation of a 4-3-3. It would explain all the holding mids on the roster. I'm good with it. I think it uses our deep midfield better. Would've like to have seen Zak Whitbread for once but I guess his situation is the same as Dempsey's. This is just the start! I expect to see entirely different sets of players against Costa Rica and Belgium. I don't really care about the results, I just want to see us building towards qualifying next year.
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