KLINSMANN NAMES 22 FOR AZTECA
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CHRISTOPHER MCCOLLUM - Sunday, August 12, 2012
Jurgen Klinsmann announced the long awaited roster for the U.S. National Team today that will travel to Mexico City for Wednesday's game.

Though August 15 is an international date on FIFA's calendar, it comes at an inopportune time for European based players who have either just begun, or are about to begin their seasons. Because of this, Klinsmann made some unexpected decisions for his roster.

The roster contains plenty of players from MLS and Mexico, as well as a smattering of the usual choices from Europe. However, not able to choose all of his first choice talent he has brought in some more inexperienced players to fill the gaps.

Graham Zusi has been shining for Sporting Kansas City, and his two caps in January showed promise to be built upon. His teammate Matt Besler has received his first call up to a National Team roster, after performing very well in MLS this season. Last year, he was named Sporting Kansas City's Defender of the Year.

In addition to Besler, Steven Beitashour has received his first National Team call up, joining his teammate Chris Wondolowski in representing the San Jose Earthquakes in Mexico City.

The bulk of the roster is made up from players on this side of the Atlantic, as nine players from MLS and six from Mexico received the call.

Roster breakdown by position:

Goalkeepers:

Howard, Tim (Everton)
Johnson, Sean (Chicago Fire)
Rimando, Nick (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders:

Beitashour, Steven (San Jose Earthquakes)
Besler, Matt (Sporting Kansas City)
Cameron, Geoff (Stoke City)
Castillo, Edgar (Tijuana)
Johnson, Fabian (Hoffenheim)
Orozco, Michael (San Luis)

Midfielders:

Beasley, DaMarcus (Puebla)
Beckerman, Kyle (Real Salt Lake)
Corona, Joe (Tijuana)
Edu, Maurice (Rangers)
Jones, Jermaine (Schalke 04)
Shea, Break (FC Dallas)
Torres, Jose Francisco (Pachuca)
Williams, Danny (Hoffenheim)
Zusi, Graham (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards:

Boyd, Terrence (Rapid Vienna)
Donovan, Landon (LA Galaxy)Gomez, Herculez (Santos Laguna)
Wondolowski, Chris (San Jose Earthquakes)
christian gallus
Tuesday August 14, 2012 5:23 am
Its time to see how new blood will fare against stiff competition; and what better venue than Mexico away in a "friendly"; I give credit to Klinsman for having the courage to experiment; iit's a short few months to the World Cup qualifiers and we must see what each available player is capable of under adverse conditions. I believe this team will put up a good fight. Christian
Alex
Monday August 13, 2012 10:52 pm
I just don't get Shea. He hasn't done anything on (or off) the field lately to warrant anything. How he gets in while somebody like Pontius is left behind is beyond me. JK places his faith in some really bizzare places.
Mojofc
Monday August 13, 2012 9:22 pm
Solid,

Gatt is injured at the moment.

Gyau I would be happy with.
Edgar Z.
Monday August 13, 2012 7:26 pm
Choosing Allan "Flash" Gordon to the Nats is joke. That guy is a double L.A. reject who "scores" goals when the ball bounces off his face or body and into the net. He is slower than molasses, has no creativity whatsoever and no soccer IQ. What a joke. Where's The Comedian when you need him?
Deego
Monday August 13, 2012 6:00 pm
Why not Eddie Johnson over Gordon if he's going based off of form, or like noted Gyau or Gatt if we couldnt get Pontius. Gordon doesnt have a long future with the National team, picking Gordon is like picking Larentowicz. There are younger better options
Mojofc
Monday August 13, 2012 5:41 pm
Why no ~Pontious is my question. I don't watch much MLS, more so follow the Premiership and Americans abroad when I can... but the kid tore it up in the MLS AllStar game.

Others thoughts on his omission?
braun
Monday August 13, 2012 3:26 pm
Not only is Klinsmann limited in defense, but his strikers may be unable to score against a capable Mexico defense but also offense at high altitude. The cards are stacked against Juergen and the USMNT. Beitashour, Cameron, and Orozco are the 3 CDs. Cameron coughed up an own-goal. Beitashour's never been tested at this level really. Orozco can be beat by Mexicans that play against him all season, and know how to beat him.
If JK doesn't try Williams and F Johnson to start at FB, there will be no way to score on a counter-attack, which will be all we have.
joe
Monday August 13, 2012 10:50 am
I don't see the USA doing to well with this roster against Mexico. Mexico is bringing everything they have with the exceptions of the three over age players of the Olympic squad.
Mojofc
Monday August 13, 2012 9:56 am
Boyd had to leave his game early on Sunday due to an ankle problem. Count him out likely.
2tone
Monday August 13, 2012 1:51 am
Oh and lets add in the amazing talent which is Allan Gordon now as well.

My oh my; not really seeing which direction Klinsmann is heading in.

I like a few selections like Beitashour and Besler, but good god why on earth is Gordon being brought on board. I would much rather see a young player like Gyau brought in.

Still scratching my head why Pontius got snubbed. Not unless Olsen told Klinsmann that Pontius was needed because of the injury situation with D.C.
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