KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, May 18, 2016
U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has announced a 22-man roster for a transition camp ahead of the 2016 Copa América Centenario.
The camp will lead up to the May 22 exhibition against Puerto Rico in Bayamón.
Among the players that will make the trip are seven that were not named to the 40-man preliminary roster for this summer's Copa. Paul Arriola, Amando Moreno, Fabrice Picault, Caleb Stanko, and Zach Steffen will be looking to earn their first senior caps, while Julian Green and Emerson Hyndman make their returns to the team.
"We are doing this week in Miami and finishing off the week with a game in Puerto Rico because it's really important in terms of transitioning our players coming in from Europe and some who are already done in Mexico to keep them in a flow, to keep them in a rhythm. One of our lessons from last year's Gold Cup was because the tournament was pushed into July, we couldn't transition our European-based players and some of the Mexican players perfectly," said Klinsmann on the U.S. Soccer website.
"We added some players coming from the younger side to look at them and to get a roster together, but the main purpose of this camp is to keep the rhythm, keep going and to transition perfectly into the preparation for the Copa América Centenario."
There are several missing players from the roster as they fulfill commitments with their club teams.
Christian Pulisic will remain with Borussia Dortmund as they prepare for this Saturday's German Cup final against Bayern Munich. Tim Chandler will be helping Eintracht Frankfurt in their two-leg playoff against Nürnberg as they try to avoid the drop to the 2.Bundesliga. Ethan Horvath will remain with Molde to play in their league games against Odd and Brann.
In Mexico, Ventura Alvarado, Edgar Castillo and Omar Gonzalez will remain with their respective teams as they take part in the semifinals of the Liga MX playoffs.
The Puerto Rico game will be the first of three tuneup games for the U.S. prior to playing in the Copa América Centenario in June. They will later face Ecuador on May 25 and Bolivia on May 28.
Guzan, Brad: Aston Villa (England)
Howard, Tim: Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Steffen, Zach: Freiburg (Germany)
Brooks, John: Hertha Berlin (Germany)
Cameron, Geoff: Stoke City (England)
Lichaj, Eric: Nottingham Forest (England)
Miazga, Matt: Chelsea (England)
Orozco, Michael: ClubTijuana (Mexico)
Ream, Tim: Fulham (England)
Yedlin, DeAndre: Tottenham (England)
Bedoya, Alejandro: Nantes (France)
Hyndman, Emerson: Fulham (England)
Johnson, Fabian: Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)
Kitchen, Perry: Heart of Midlothian (Scotland)
Morales, Alfredo: Ingolstadt (Germany)
Stanko, Caleb: Freiburg (Germany)
Williams, Danny: Reading (England)
Arriola, Paul: Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Green, Julian: Bayern Munich (Germany)
Picault, Fabrice:St. Pauli (Germany)
Moreno, Amando: Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Wood, Bobby: Hamburg (Germany)