BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, August 4, 2011
New USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named his first roster ahead of next Wednesday's friendly against Mexico in Philadelphia.
As expected, the roster did not consist or many new players as Klinsmann is still admittedly getting himself familiar with the player pool.
The roster consists of 22 players with seven coming from MLS and 15 coming from abroad.
The US will be lead by regulars Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, and Carlos Bocanegra.
While most of the players have been regulars with the US national team there were some surprises. Bill Hamid has earned his first national team callup after a strong season with DC United.
Mexican-based players Michael Orozco, Edgar Castillo, and Jose Francisco Torres will also return to the team after long absences.
MLS players Heath Pearce and Kyle Beckerman have been away from the team for more than a year but will also travel to Philadelphia.
Notable absenses are Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Oguchi Onyewu, and Eric Lichaj.
In their last game, the USMNT fell to Mexico 4-2 in the final of the Gold Cup in what turned out to be the last game of Bob Bradley's five year tenure as head coach.
Hamid, Bill DC United (MLS)
Howard, Tim Everton (England)
Bocanegra, Carlos St. Etienne (France)
Castillo, Edgar Club America (Mexico)
Chandler, Timothy FC Nurnberg (Germany)
Cherundolo, Steve Hannover (Germany)
Goodson, Clarence Brondby (Denmark)
Orozco, Michael San Luis (Mexico)
Pearce, Heath CD Chivas (MLS)
Ream, Tim New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Beckerman, Kyle Salt Lake (MLS)
Bradley, Michael Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)
Clark, Ricardo Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)
Edu, Maurice Rangers (Scotland)
Jones, Jermaine Schalke 04 (Germany)
Shea, Brek FC Dallas (MLS)
Torres, Jose Francisco Pachuca (Mexico)
Adu, Fredy Benfica (Portugal)
Agudelo, Juan New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Beasley, DaMarcus Puebla (Mexico}
Buddle, Edson FC Ingolstadt (Germany)
Donovan, Landon LA Galaxy (MLS)