KENYA BROWN - Monday, May 2, 2016
U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has released his 40-man preliminary roster for the 2016 Copa América Centenario.
As required under the rules of the tournament, he will have to hand in a final 23-man roster by no later than May 20. Should any players suffer from injuries, the U.S. can make changes up until a day before its opener on June 3.
Goalkeepers Tim Howard and Brad Guzan made the roster along with David Bingham and U.S. Under-23 goalkeeper Ethan Horvath. Nick Rimando has been brought in, but the biggest omission from the group is William Yarbrough who has been minding the net for Leon in Liga MX.
There were not too many surprises in defense as Klinsmann has called up the usual group of players.
Eric Lichaj will be making his return to the national team for the first time since being brought in for games against Austria and Scotland in 2013.
The midfield has the usual crew, with Danny Williams being brought in once again to try to impress the coach enough to earn a spot in the final 23.
The forward position will be the most challenging as it has ever been with several players coming into the camp in good form. However, there is no place for Fabrice Picault who has played well recently for St. Pauli.
The selected U.S. players will start training on May 16 in Miami and play tuneup games against Puerto Rico on May 22, Ecuador on May 26 in Frisco, Texas, and Bolivia on May 28 in Kansas City, Kansas.
The U.S. will open the tournament against Colombia in Santa Clara, California, on June 3 followed by Costa Rica on June 7 in Chicago and Paraguay on June 11 in Philadelphia.
Bingham, David: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Guzan, Brad: Aston Villa (England)
Howard, Tim: Everton (England)
Horvath, Ethan: Molde (Norway)
Rimando, Nick: Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Acosta, Kellyn: FC Dallas (MLS)
Alvarado, Ventura: Club America (Mexico)
Besler, Matt: Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Birnbaum, Steve: D.C. United (MLS)
Brooks, John: Hertha Berlin (Germany)
Cameron, Geoff: Stoke City (England)
Castillo, Edgar: Monterrey (Mexico)
Chandler, Timothy: Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)
Evans, Brad: Seattle Sounders (MLS)
Gonzalez, Omar: Pachuca (Mexico)
Lichaj, Eric: Nottingham Forest (England)
Mizaga, Matt: Chelsea (England)
Orozco, Michael: Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Ream, Tim: Fulham (England)
Yedlin, DeAndre: Sunderland (England)
Beckerman, Kyle: Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Bedoya, Alejandro: Nantes (France)
Bradley, Michael: Toronto FC (MLS)
Diskerud, Mikkel: New York City FC (MLS)
Johnson, Fabian: Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)
Jones, Jermaine: New England Revolution (MLS)
Kitchen, Perry: Heart of Midlothian (Scotland)
Morales, Alfredo: Ingolstadt (Germany)
Nagbe, Darlington: Portland Timbers (MLS)
Nguyen, Lee: New England Revolution (MLS)
Williams, Danny: Reading (England)
Zusi, Graham: Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Altidore, Jozy: Toronto FC (MLS)
Dempsey, Clint: Seattle Sounders (MLS)
Finlay, Ethan: Columbus Crew (MLS)
Morris, Jordan: Seattle Sounders (MLS)
Pulisic, Christian: Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Wondolowski, Chris: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Wood, Bobby: Union Berlin (Germany)
Zardes, Gyasi: LA Galaxy (MLS)