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Klinsmann announces US roster for friendly against Mexico
   March 26, 2014 (11:08 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Jurgen Klinsmann has selected his 22 guys.  About what you would expect from this roster.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (4): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)


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17 Responses to “Klinsmann announces US roster for friendly against Mexico”

  1. Rey says:

    Love this rosters. It was always going to be American(the continent) based players. Gil, Yedlin, Edu, all happy to see back in camp. I am a little surprised that none of the Xolo kids were called in. I thought joe corona played well in the gold cup but I can’t remember him getting a call up since.

  2. Matt says:

    Rey, none of the Tijuana guys were called in due to CONCACAF Champions League next week.

  3. Rey says:

    Well that explains this roster. But it does seem like Joe Corona hasn’t really gotten any looks since the gold cup 7 months ago, and I am curious why that is.

  4. CP says:

    It will be interesting to see whether there is any hazing of Julian Green with the MLS guys…hope he at least gets significant minutes to see what he can do!

  5. Rey says:

    I know the responsible thing to do would be to play the guys who are on the bubble for WC spots. However I would really enjoy seeing Green, Gil, and Yedlin playing in the second half.

  6. Tim H. says:

    Rey, I think when it comes to bubble spots, I wouldn’t be surprised if Green is on that bubble as well. We need talented wingers, even if they are young and as raw as Green.

  7. Jaime says:

    I agree with Tim, our major weaknesses are Wing and Centerback. Julian can potentially alleviate the wing position so why not play the full 90. We already know what Dononvan, and Zusi bring to the table, let Julian play…

  8. PanaMatt says:

    Am I alone in desperately hoping that Julian Green will be our best and most visible player in Brazil?

  9. daniil says:

    if any fringe MLS player hazes julian green, he will never receive another call-up lol

    Green is definitely a bubble player, and Yedlin as well i think. Yedlin’s looked great in MLS so far this year, let’s see if he can do it on a bigger stage.

    It’s astonishing to think how much of our A-team is North-American based. Beasley, Besler, Gonzalez, Evans, Bradley, Zusi, Donovan, Dempsey are all (at least) strong contenders to start at the world cup.

  10. Tim H. says:

    If Yedlin earns a spot on the roster, I’d be ecstatic. It’d likely mean Evans will be left behind. I think Evans played admirably at right back this past year and even succeeded for the most part. But you won’t hear no complaints from me if Yedlin, who actually plays the fullback position regularly, takes his spot.

  11. Dirk says:

    >>>I think Evans played admirably at right back this past year and even succeeded for the most part.

    @ Tim H

    Yes he was admirable, stepping up to play a position that was not natural for him. Hopefully JK realizes that admirable and capable are two different words.

    As a midfielder, Evans wouldn’t be given a 2nd thought for a spot on the roster. Why he is given so much thought playing a position that he never plays except for the USMNT is beyond me. Yedlin at least has the speed.

  12. Trent says:

    I dont think Yedlin makes it on the plane unless he just lights these next few friendlies on fire. I think that last defensive ticket on the plane gets awarded to Parkhurst for his versatility.

    Lastly, I think Green makes the plane, assuming he has a decent game against Mexico. I expect him to play 20 minutes minimum, but possibly start.

  13. daniil says:

    Mexico squad is out

  14. Tim H. says:

    Dirk, I agree in more ideal circumstances, Evans wouldn’t be a part of the backline or the USMNT in general. But right now, we have few other options at RB. And the few we did have are dwindling with Cherundolo retiring and the Lichaj & Chandler injuries. I’d love for Yedlin to earn a spot, but at this point, I think Evans has more experience at the international level, which will translate to a call-up to Brazil from Jurgen.

  15. Curtis says:

    Good discussion — particularly with regards to the RB situation. For me, Yedlin is much too inexperienced to be seriously considered for Brazil. I realize that Evans is limited (and has a limited upside) — and even with the injuries to Chandler/Lichaj/Dolo — still think that Cameron is the starter and Evans likely the backup at RB.

    Interesting though, if maybe Parkhurst sneaks in and supplants Evans for this backup role at RB. Both Parkhurst and Evans are versatile (Parkhurst all along the backline and Evans at RB or RM), and I am sure Klinsi and his staff value such versatility.

    I do like Yedlin a lot for 2018, just not ready for the big stage just yet, IMHO.

  16. Cole says:

    It’s a bummer that Benny Feilhaber didn’t make the squad, considering his form lately and of course his desire to go to Brazil (considering he was born in Rio). Maurice Edu seems to have taken the spot that would’ve been his, and I’m happy for him of course, but I’m not convinced about this decision.

  17. Daniil says:

    edu is a 6 who can also play on the back-line, feilhaber is a ball-moving 8 who can also play on the wing. bradley is the only 8 on this team; beckerman and edu are both 6s. In perect world, our current formation plays with one of each. The big factor in edu’s selection over any other MLS player is that he was still in England during the January camp. Klinsmann just watched feilhaber for a month, but hasn’t seen anything of Edu recently.

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