Jurgen Klinsmann selected his 23-man roster for the upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico. While some guys got “left off”, I don’t think there were any “snubs”, which sort of shows you the depth is going on beyond 23 spots. US Soccer’s website has its usual post-roster Q&A with Klinsmann. And they have a little video with Klinsmann.
Klinsmann is also aware of Eric Lichaj’s recent good play, but doesn’t want to experiment with the roster now. If the US can clinch a spot in the next two games and Lichaj continues to play well with Nottingham Forest, I bet he gets called in during October.
A report out Germany says John Brooks is only available for the Costa Rica match and has to return back to Hertha Berlin before the qualifier against Mexico. But Liviu Bird was told by a US Soccer spokesman that no agreement exists between US Soccer and Hertha Berlin.
Timothy Chandler told some German press that he plans on staying up late to watch the US games.
Here is a look at Mexico’s roster. Pretty crazy how one of their best forwards at the moment (Carlos Vela) and one of their top goalkeepers (Guillermo Ochoa) don’t want to play under Chepo.
Aron Johannsson spoke to Brian Sciaretta this week about his decision to play with the USMNT.
Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar’s Europe League match with Greek side Atromitos was suspended yesterday due to a fire inside the stadium. 101 Great Goals has some video from the stadium.
Also in Europa League action on Thursday, Terrence Boyd made the bench, but did not play in Rapid Vienna’s 3-0 win over Dila. A Josh Gatt-less Molde FK were knocked out of Europa League by Rubin Kazan’. And Conor O’Brien (who didn’t play) and Nordsjælland were also knocked out on Thursday.
And finally, Jermaine Jones and Sacha Kljestan learned their groups for Champions League on Thursday.