BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, April 9, 2012
Next month the US national team will open camp in preparation for a series of friendlies and the start of 2014 World Cup Qualifying.

Jurgen Klinsmann has said that he will call up 23 plays for the camp and he will have an extended list of players on standby.

Right now, the only injuries I am taking into account are to Stuart Holden and Omar Gonzalez. Oguchi Onyewu and Zak Whitbread have been dealing with injuries recently and they could be questionable. If both Whitbread and Onyewu are not able to recover, I think Seb Hines and Michael Parkhurst would be next in line in the central defense pool.

Bottom line is that I do not see many surprises at this time. The only one I am going with is for young Molde winger Josh Gatt to receive his first callup. The reason is that Klinsmann will need to provide some speed on the wings.

Here is the list I predict will make the team along with players who are also in contention.


Tim Howard - Everton
Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa


Carlos Bocanegra - Rangers
Clarence Goodson - Brondby
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover
Timothy Chandler - FC Nurnberg
Zak Whitbread - Norwich
Tim Ream - Bolton
Oguchi Onyewu - Sporting Lisbon
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa


Michael Bradley - Chievo Verona
Jermaine Jones - Schalke
Danny Williams - Hoffenheim
Maurice Edu - Rangers
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim
Jose Torres - Pachuca
Brek Shea - FC Dallas
Josh Gatt - Molde


Jozy Altidore - AZ Alkmaar
Herculez Gomez - Santos Laguna
Clint Dempsey - Fulham
Landon Donovan - LA Galaxy

In the Mix

Michael Parkhust - FC Nordsjaeland
Mikkel Diskerud - Gent
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht
Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
Seb Hines - Middlesbrough
Damarcus Beasley - Puebla
Joe Corona - Club Tijuana
Edson Buddle - LA Galaxy
Geoff Cameron - Houston
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham City
Freddy Adu - Philadelphia
Edgar Castillo - Club Tijuana
Terrence Boyd - Borussia Dortmund
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
CJ Sapong - Sporting Kansas City
Pancho Miguel MoralesdeConejo
Monday April 9, 2012 1:26 pm
I think Castillo makes this roster and one of Whitbread, Gooch, Ream get left off. Castillo is the only 'natural' left back in the pool. As poorly as he played in the first couple of friendly's he showed enough going forward that it would be hard to discount him, and he is playing very well for Tijuana...they're a fun club to follow.
Monday April 9, 2012 12:20 pm
A strong selection for the upcoming friendlies/qualifications. Based on the players you've listed I'd like to see something along the following lines:

I'd like to see Lichaj get some time at either wing back.
Still not sold on Gomez...but if he's called in so be it. Personally I'd drop him for either Boyd, Agudelo, or SaPong. They fit better as target forwards.
If Gooch isn't back to playing would like to see Seb Hines at least get an invite. After the failure of the Olympic team and Gonzales's injury, I'd like to get an idea of if Hines is up to competing for a slot in our WC 2014 roster.
Monday April 9, 2012 12:07 pm
I thought in last weeks phone conference JK said he was only bringing 2 GK? Also, stark contrast to the U23 squad that had 1 CB.
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