KLINSMANN NAMES 24 FOR QUALIFIERS
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, October 8, 2012
US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann today announced his roster for the crucial upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Antigua and Guatemala.

The roster contains several regular players but also a few surprise inclusions.

The defense consists of most of the same players that played against Jamaica last month. The US team will welcome back Edgar Castillo who was injured for the most recent games but who has been playing well for Club Tinjuana. Yesterday he went a full 90 in a 1-0 win over Toluca that vaulted Tijuana into first place in Liga MX.

In the midfield, Michael Bradley will make his return to the US team after missing almost a month with a leg injury. He returned for AS Roma yesterday and scored a goal.

Similarly, Sacha Kljestan is on the team for the first time since February. He is currently with Anderlecht who are in the Champions League after winning the Belgian league last year.

Among the forwards, Landon Donovan will return after missing the last few qualifiers with an injury. San Jose's Alan Gordon was the most surprising inclusion since his only callup to the US team was in August as an injury replacement in a friendly against Mexico. He did not make the matchday roster for that game.

The biggest omission for this game is Jozy Altidore who is the current Eredivisie scoring leader in Holland. Also, missing is Terrence Boyd and Jose Torres who have been regulars with this team most of the year.

The US will face Antigua this Friday on the road before finishing out this round of qualifying on Tuesday, October 16 against Guatemala in Kansas City.

Goalkeepers

Guzan, Brad Aston Villa (England)
Howard, Tim Everton, (England)
Rimando, Nick Real Salt Lake (United States)

Defenders

Bocanegra, Carlos Racing Santander (Spain)
Cameron, Geoff Stoke City (England)
Castillo, Edgar Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Cherundolo, Steve Hannover (Germany)
Edu, Maurice Stoke City
Goodson, Clarence Brondby (Denmark)
Johnson, Fabian Hoffenheim (Germany)
Parkhurst, Michael (FC Nordsjaelland)

Midfielders

Beckerman, Kyle Real Salt Lake (United States)
Bradley, Michael AS Roma (Italy)
Corona, Joe Club Tijuana (Mexico
Jones, Jermaine Schalke (Germany)
Kljestan, Sacha Anderlecht (Belgium)
Shea, Brek FC Dallas (United States)
Williams, Danny Hoffenheim (Germany)
Zusi, Graham Sporting Kansas City (United States)

Forwards

Dempsey, Clint Tottenham (England)
Donovan, Landon Los Angeles Galaxy (United States)
Gomez, Herculez Santos Laguna (Mexico)
Gordon, Alan San Jose Earthquakes (United States)
Johnson, Eddie Seattle Sounders (United States)
thisguy2
Wednesday October 10, 2012 3:31 pm
@Pdemelo,
You took the words right out of my mouth!! Adu was never was, or ever going to be a superstar...I can not believe all the people that call for his name to be on the US roster, after the fact he has not done a damn thing to be called upon. And, people still bring up that ONE game he played well for 50 minutes in th US vs Mexico game. He got shut down after Nilo marked him and completely shut him out! What has he done for his MLS team? thats right not one thing HA so much for his "superstar talent."

What I can't seem to get over is why isn't he calling on players to replace injured players?! Why call in players who are not playing (EDU? Lastly, why does he not call in younger players who have more energy to play and instead calling in old men???
Pdemelo
Wednesday October 10, 2012 9:37 am
muchadu...what are you smoking! JK is desperately trying new rosters, because so manny players that get called up fail to produce for the US team. I give him credit for giving guys a 2nd chance, but often they still fail. It's amazing that after all these years, still there is no other player at least at the level of what Donovan was. He's still one of our best, not the same, slower, but more technical. But not one other guy that shows up lighting up the place??? come on, getting tired of hearing of the next best thing, at 18 Donovan was kicking but, unstoppable. Altidore is now 23, when is he going to raise his game at the US level, ADU, I gave up on him, never more than a mediocre player, failed overseas and barely makes it at the MLS level, he should be one of the best for MLS, but even at that he's failed. Charlie Davies, really?? besides being a has been, he's got a bad attitude to begin with, that's why DC let him go, thank god. Spector, in the 2nd division for a reason, he's been moving backwards for years. Lichaj has been a bench warmer. It's sad but JK is doing the best that he can with what is available, which is disappointing.
Mark WNY
Tuesday October 9, 2012 1:47 pm
Seems that JK is sending a message to Jozy. Maybe is discipline in the practices. It is not the same Jozy that killed it at the Confederations Cups in South Africa. There is a reason why he bounced from Villareal to the premier. He has all the tools - just needs to work in the mental aspect of his game. In the Jamaica games, he rarely when back to the middle to try to get possession. He lost every single one on one. He is supposed to be the superstar of the team with all the european experience. I was not a supporter of starting Herc - but I see that JK made the correct decision. You can criticize all you want to, but JK knows a thing or two about playing FW.
Tilly
Tuesday October 9, 2012 8:54 am
Even though Jozy has been scoring well in Holland, he's too slow and clumsy to play against the quick and technical CONCACAF teams.
Alex
Tuesday October 9, 2012 12:51 am
JK is making a big mistake by not calling Jozy. WC qualification is on the line and team USA needs to put its best people on the roster. The time for sending messages is in the November qualifiers. If JK really thinks that Alan Gordon or Eddie Johnson are better than Jozy, so be it but I think his decision is based on something other than giving us the best chance to advance and there is absolutely no place for that at this time.
coolcool
Monday October 8, 2012 8:59 pm
Please no more Beckerman and Parkhurst. We have enough defensive MF who are much better than Beckerman. Why not give Adu a chance. At least he is not afraid to be creative and attack the defenders. (Remember the CONCACAF final aginst Mexico last year.)
Kamphgruppe
Monday October 8, 2012 6:51 pm
Looks like he is sending a message to Altidore. I expect we will see Altidore again at the November friendlies. It looks like he has changed his mind on a player must have consistant playing time to merit a call up, because some of these guys are not playing at all.
thefurglar
Monday October 8, 2012 6:30 pm
Why does he keep including Beckerman???
joey11
Monday October 8, 2012 6:11 pm
people, Boyd, Altidore may not have been released by club and Gatt has been injured and hasn't played much if at all lately.
muchadu
Monday October 8, 2012 5:23 pm
Too many players not deserving of the chance and/or then not having done anything with the chances they have been given. Namely Parkhurst, Beckerman, Corona,Kljestan, Zusi and oh my goodness.....Alan Gordon?! Please not EJ before Boyd or Altidore?!???
How about Lichaj,Spector,Gatt,Adu and cant we all just give Charlie Davies another chance?! All Altidore has done is score nine times in the last ten games. Seems like our coach is determined to tinker with the team, when we are on the brink of WC elimination??
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