BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, August 25, 2011
US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann today announced the 24-man roster that will play a pair of friendlies against Costa Rica in Los Angeles and Belgium in Brussels.

The games come on the heels of a 1-1 draw with Mexico in Klinsmann's first game as head coach.

The roster is a strong one that will feature many top players including team leaders Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, and team captain Carlos Bocanegara.

Also included in the roster is Brek Shea who impressed three weeks ago against Mexico in Philadelphia. He is also joined by MLS palyers Kyle Beckerman, Robbie Rogers, and Juan Agudelo who all had strong performances in Klinsmann's debut.

The game will also mark the return of FC Nurnberg right back Timothy Chandler to the US team. The 21-year old emerged as a budding Bundesliga star and earned his first two national team caps in March, but did not play in the Gold Cup citing fatigue.

Chandler also pulled out of the Mexico friendly with an "injury" despite not missing any time with his club.

The most surprising call is Hoffenheim's Fabian Johnson who recently said that he was open to playing for the United States. The former German youth international has enjoyed an exceptionally strong start to the season.

Glaring omissions are Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley who are both in uncertain club situations.

The US will face Costa Rica on September 3 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California and then Belgium on September 6 in Brussels.


Hamid, Bill DC United (MLS)
Howard, Tim Everton (England)


Bocanegra, Carlos Rangers (Scotland)
Castillo, Edgar Club America (Mexico)
Chandler, Timothy FC Nurnberg (Germany)
Cherundolo, Steve Hannover (Germany)
Goodson, Clarence Brondby (Denmark)
Loyd, Zach FC Dallas, (MLS)
Orozco, Michael San Luis [Mexico)
Pearce, Heath CD Chivas (MLS)
Ream, Tim New York Red Bulls (MLS)


Beckerman, Kyle Salt Lake (MLS)
Dempsey, Clint Fulham (England)
Edu, Maurice Rangers (Scotland)
Johnson, Fabian Hoffenheim (Germany)
Kljestan, Sacha Anderlecht (Belgium)
Lartentowicz, Jeff Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Rogers, Robbie Columbus Crew (MLS)
Shea, Brek FC Dallas (MLS)
Torres, Jose Francisco Pachuca (Mexico)


Agudelo, Juan New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Altidore, Jozy AZ Alkmaar (Holland)
Bunbury, Teal Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Donovan, Landon LA Galaxy (MLS)
Saturday August 27, 2011 2:45 am
Miguel, I'm not exactly sure why but the US either choose not to play in the Pan Am games or were not invited. Either way the US will not play in the Pan Am games.
Friday August 26, 2011 5:22 pm
While I agree with Mario that I don't particularly like the USMNT being the second choice destination for dual nationals, I think the only fair way to field the team is for the best 11 to play period. We can't peer into the hearts and minds of players and any attempt to differentiate between "real Americans" and "not quite real Americans" is going to do more harm than good.

Perhaps once these second choicers see what an awsome place the USA is, they'll move here, marry our USWNT players and have lots of soccer playing children that will crush all comers for generations to come!!!!
Friday August 26, 2011 12:02 pm
I dont see us being a "Germany C " or a "Mexico C " beacuase of players choosing to represent the US. I think a lesson was learned when the USSF lost Rossi and Subotic to Italy and Serbia. With Guiseppi Rossi it was a big blow to the US, due to a lack of finding a consistent stiker since McBride retired and Eddie Johson completely falling out. However with our current youth system about to get a complete overhaul, it will take some time before we see some quality players come up under the revamped youth system. The Pan Am games in October and next years Olympic qualifying will be critical events in order to infuse new young players to our national team with experience under them. MLS will be a major contribution to the fold, but regardless, the US national team still needs players that grow up and play abroad in Europe, Mexico, South America, with ties to the US. This will greatly influence the style of play that Jurgen Klinsmann is trying to forge and create. The "goal" here is to take the mens national team to the next level on the world stage, so by "all means necessary" to succeed mentality for the US team is needed for now and to maintain soccer growth and support here in the US.
Friday August 26, 2011 10:06 am
@Eric K -- According to discussions I've seen, I don't think Charlie Mulgrew qualifies for a US passport. He mentioned an American grandmother, but that's probably not enough for US citizenship. It's easy if you are born in the US or if one parent is US citizen, but the system is about residency in the US after that. Many Euro countries allow a single grandparent with a passport as a path for obtaining citizenship, but not the US. That's how many of the Euro-based Yanks got to play in the EU -- that Italian grandmother.

It's possible there is more to it, but I wouldn't get my hopes up.
Friday August 26, 2011 9:16 am
USMN is shaping up to become "Germany C". Nothing against calling up "foreign" players but I just think US Soccer shouldn't call up all players who clearly treat the USMN as their fallback option once they don't see any chance to get a call up in their home countries. At least some pride should be involved in the decision - but hey, just my opinion ;-)
Thursday August 25, 2011 9:57 pm
Chandler, goodson, ream, Johnson
Beckerman, edu
Dempsey, shea
Thursday August 25, 2011 9:10 pm
Joshua, I don't know why you are so hung up on MB. He is not the "great" player that BB should have built the midfield around. He is a physical player but not technical : always passing the ball back or long ball outside or loose the ball. I'm glad that now he has to earn his spot!
Coach Kev
Thursday August 25, 2011 8:28 pm
Dave I believe Brooks and Whitebread are both hurt. Also Daniel Williams has sorted out his contract with Freiberg and hope to see him someday. Klinsmann, for the most part, will not call in guys not playing for the clubs regulary aka. Bedoya( I know he just switched), Bradley, Jones, Guzan, Buddle, etc. I hope he starts calling in not only the best players but those who are in form as well.
Thursday August 25, 2011 7:42 pm
It has come to my attention that some of people here are at least partially complaining about some certain players like Kljestan, Ream, and others being called in. I can understand their disappointment as I myself was disappointed on few of his selections for the match against Mexico but as I saw Beckerman performing better than he has when under Bradley so I think that we need to give some of supposedly "inferior" players another chance to see how they fit in Kilnsmann's system. Bradley system was toooo conservative and stifling offensively as well he constantly placed too many in positions that they are not familiar with. At least Klinsmann seemed to try to play to THEIR talents rather than trying to force them to play his way. Bradley did that to them often. But there are few certain players that SHOULD NEVER be called no matter which system like Jonathan Bornstein as he has NO talent whatsoever.
Thursday August 25, 2011 7:11 pm
Not quite the roster I was hoping but as Alex L. notes I have seen worse. I am honestly surprised no Bradley. I will be interested to see how he sets the midfield.
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