KLINSMANN ANNOUNCES US ROSTER
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JAMIE HILL - Thursday, September 29, 2011
US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann today announced the roster for the upcoming friendlies against Honduras and Ecuador.

It is a strong roster that consists of most of the top US players. For the first time since Klinsmann was hired, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan are expected to play together again. They will also be joined by regulars Jozy Altidore, Carlos Bocanegra, and Tim Howard.

The US will not be completely at full strength heading into these games. Midfielder Stuart Holden suffered a setback with his knee injury and will miss the next six months of action. Jose Torres also recently had surgery on his foot and will be out for the remainder of 2011. Eric Lichaj will be out at least the next three months with a hip injury and Fabian Johnson's US debut is also delayed as he is out with an injured neck.

Three players will join the US national team for the first time during Klinsmann's reign. Oguchi Onyewu's return to form for his club has paved the way for a return to national team. Nick Rimando has been called in to compete for a place behind Tim Howard. Lastly, Hoffenheim defensive midfielder Danny Williams has received his first ever call to a US team.

Klinsmann has yet to win a game since taking over the US national team. After a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Mexico in his first game, the US team dropped consecutive 1-0 decisions to Costa Rica and Belgium in early September.

The US will take on Honduras in Miami on October 8 and then Ecuador on October 11 in New Jersey.

Goalkeepers

Hamid, Bill DC United (MLS)
Howard, Tim Everton (England)
Rimando, Nick Real Salt Lake (MLS)

Defenders

Bocanegra, Carlos Rangers (Scotland)
Chandler, Timothy FC Nurnberg (Germany)
Cherundolo, Steve Hannover (Germany)
Onyewu, Oguchi Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)
Orozco-Fiscal, Michael San Luis [Mexico)
Ream, Tim New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Spector, Jonathan Birmingham City (England)

Midfielders

Beckerman, Kyle Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Bradley, Michael Chievo Verona (Italy)
Dempsey, Clint Fulham (England)
Edu, Maurice Rangers (Scotland)
Larentowicz, Jeff Colorado (MLS)
Shea, Brek FC Dallas (MLS)
Williams, Danny Hoffenheim (Germany)

Forwards

Agudelo, Juan New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Altidore, Jozy AZ Alkmaar (Holland)
Beasley, DaMarcus Puebla (Mexico)
Bunbury, Teal Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Donovan, Landon LA Galaxy (MLS)
mlsSucks
Tuesday October 4, 2011 10:41 pm
why does half of the US fans call for a player like Omar?? Ive seen him play for the Galaxy and to be honest I see nothing special about this player. He gets tossed and turned by constant mexican, honduran, costa rican, and even guatemalan players in the "champions league,"and by players in the MLS. He's caught out of position, and he's slow to react. He would not even last in the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, or El Calcio! I firmly believe our defenders should come from Europe regardless of they were raised here or not! Why? because they defend against quality players, unlike here...no disrespect to thierry henry, Marquez, Robbie Keane, Beckham. He's just overrated by a mile, just saying.
Two Cents
Sunday October 2, 2011 8:47 pm
Yes. I realize the idea with Gatt and Diskerud. I was just saying what I would do. Not that I'm some soccer genius lol, simply how I feel. There are others players we could easily put in instead, I just like the attacking and creativity they can possibly offer. It seems all of our CM's on this roster are defensive. We've had plenty of time with that, and it hasn't worked all that well. At least that's my opinion. I feel like we could have easily brought in Adu, Bedoya, or even Klestjan for some attacking quality. Well, I trust Klinsman, but some picks are odd. As you said, Orozco is a strange pick, especially when John and Gonzalez are available. I would have dropped Beasley, Laurentowicz, and Orozco for John, Gonzalez, and Adu.
Soup
Saturday October 1, 2011 6:19 pm
I'm glad someone else pay attention to things Zac. Klinsmann has said he is not going to call up Gatt and Mix until after the Olympics ( I would assume Agudelo doesn't count since he was already a regular at the point Klinsmann came along) The Orozco-Fiscal call up bothers me however he should be way down on the list. Omar Gonzales should be here. And while I respect Larentowicz game and he has played well I don't really see him having a future with the US team so I would have liked to see someone like George John.
Bananatwo
Saturday October 1, 2011 3:38 pm
Why is Stuart Holden considered a regular in the USMNT and Benny Feilhaber is not?
jonas
Saturday October 1, 2011 9:37 am
ok i put my two cent in it

GOALKEEPER:
tim howard
joe cannon
kevin hartman

DEFENSE:
carlos bocanegra
edgar castillo
oguchi onyewu
jay deMerit
michael orozco-fiscal
clarence goodson
timothy chandler
jonathan spector

MIDFIELD:
jermaine jones
maurice edu
michael bradley
clint dempsey
alejandro bedoya
benny feilhaber
sacha kljestan
mikkel diskerud

FORWARD:
jozy altidore
landon donavan
freddy adu
charlie davies

lol looks like i got 1 player to many but how cares
Two Cents
Friday September 30, 2011 2:12 pm
Here is my friendly roster if I had the ability to pick the players, not including the likes of Holden and Fabian Johnson due to injury...

Goalkeepers:
Tim Howard
Brad Guzan

Defenders:
Jonathan Spector
Timothy Chandler
Oguchi Onyewu
Carlos Bocanegra
Omar Gonzalez
George John
Zach Loyd
Steve Cherundolo

Midfielders:
Mikkel Diskerud
Freddy Adu
Landon Donovan
Clint Dempsey
Brek Shea
Maurice Edu
Michael Bradley
Alejandro Bedoya
Josh Gatt
Sacha Klestjan

Forwards:
Altidore
Agudelo
Bunbury (if not Bunbury, then someone like Starikov, Buddle, Gomez, or Davies)
chastro
Friday September 30, 2011 2:00 pm
Fire JK
Dave
Friday September 30, 2011 1:35 pm
I don't love or hate the selections the JK has brought into this camp, but I can understand his desire (at least for the moment) to get a handle on who in the player pool can/will be able to contribute for the Short Term (WC Qualifications) while younger options are learning their craft at the club/youth levels.
Certain players are Hold-Overs to lend expericene (Bocanegra, Cherundolo, Gooch, Goodson, Beasley) and help groom/challenge younger players (Orozco, Ream, Chandler, Williams, Johnson, Shea, Bunbury, Agudelo).
Others are the Core that the 2014 WC team will likely be built around (Donovan, Dempsey, Bradley, Edu, Jozy; with Maybe Gooch & Goodson)
The last section of players are basically evaluations/cover players. They don't really have a future with the National team but may provide cover for injuries in a pinch or while other younger options develop into International level players (Beckerman, Larentowicz, Gooch, Goodson).
I'm prepaired to give JK the time (6 months or so) to weed through the player pool and see what he's got to work with at the Senior level and the U-23 Olympic Level before freaking out too much about his player selections.
Mark WNY
Friday September 30, 2011 10:44 am
Good to see Williams - we need help in the D. Would like to see Omar, Mixx and Gatt - but probably will see them in the Olympics with the younger group. People - you need to understand that just like with NFL practice squads - you have your regular starters - maybe one or two in the bubble and the other team that your starters play against in practice. Sometimes you bring players to the practice team that kind of resemble what your next opponent likes to do.

Love to see Jozy and Juan play together.

People in the NYC area - lets go to the stadium show some support. Tired of seen a sea of whatever color the other team has in the stands.
Zac
Friday September 30, 2011 10:07 am
Gatt and Diskerud, Gatt and Diskerud blah blah blah
He's using them like they should be used: As U23 players. Jesus. Klinsman has said it over and over. Diskerud has said it over and over, his goal is to make the Olympics. If these two were featuring for a top 4 Champions League team then, yeah, cap them on the senior team but they're both young and in Norway for crying out loud. The 24th best league in Europe. Their standing is right where it should be with the National Team: on the Junior level. Who would they replace? A Bundesliga player? A Prem player? Heck, a Championship player? The answer is and should be, none of the above.
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