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)
Thursday August 25, 2011 6:35 pm
I kind of like this roster. It keeps a core of players with serious experience Howard, Boca, Dolo, Dempsey, and Donovan; while opening things up to some of the younger options out there.
I like the inclusion of Zack Loyd, Fabian Johnson, Edgar Castillo, Michael Orozco, and Teal Bunbury. All are still prospects who could have serious upside for the US come qualification for Brazil 2014. I'm glad that Bradley, Jones, Adu, Guzan and Yelldell were all left to sort out the club situations.
I would have liked to have seen Whitbread, George John, Gonzalez, or a couple of the other young CB (A. Morales or maybe J. Brooks), but I can understand keeping them with their clubs for now. Only real misses to me would be Eric Lichaj, Bedoya, and maybe Mix & Gatt. But there is still time to get them into the pool later in the year (hopefully another friendly or 2) or early next year.
For those calling for Buddle, Gomez, and Beasley...please realize that they all have been marginal players over the last year (or 2) and are all going to be on the wrong side of 30 come 2014. If there are younger players equel to them skill wise I'm happy that JK is looking to the future rather than dwelling on the past. I personally would have cut Beckerman & Lartentowicz as well for this same reasoning. And if you think me hypocritical...if Jones doesn't get his club situation squared away soon I'd be fine with him being left off in the future as well.
Anyway looking forward to seeing what these players can do with the weeks worth of preperation.
Thursday August 25, 2011 6:27 pm
Where is Marshall. He is one of the most reliable defenders in MLS. He at least deserves a look.
Thursday August 25, 2011 6:23 pm
I like deh Boon-boo-ree!!
Thursday August 25, 2011 6:20 pm
Geez I already see folks questioning the selections. Relax guys. This is all observation at this point. Results mean nothing. Klinsi is just trying to figure out who he can count on for WC Qualifying. I'm pretty sure some of the omissions had more to do with guys getting settled at new clubs and such than with how Klinsmann rates them. I'm pretty pumped to watch the USMNT play in Belgium. Unfortunate that we won't get to see future Arsenal superstar Eden Hazard due to suspension but Belgium offers up a lot more young talent for us to watch. Witsel, Lukaku, Defour, Vermaelen, Kompany and others. It'll be a lot of fun.
Eric K
Thursday August 25, 2011 6:16 pm
I wasn't impressed with Edgar Castillo in the Mexico match either, but I'm glad he's getting a second look. That position has been nothing but trouble since 2002, and at least playing regularly in Primera competition.

That being said, I hope Johnson plays Left Back these upcoming games.

Another name to consider is Celtic FC's Charlie Mulgrew. He's listed as a midfielder, but has been playing as defender of late, and has gone on record as considering representing the U.S. Wouldn't hurt to give him a call.
Thursday August 25, 2011 6:07 pm
The first game is actually September 2nd.
Alex L.
Thursday August 25, 2011 5:34 pm
No Omar Gonzalez, Adu, Beasley, Buddle or Gomez? Why Hamid, Kljestan, Ream & Bunbury? Glad not to see Bradley or Clark & happy to see Chandler in & anxious to see what Fabian Johnson can do. Not the "ideal" roster IMO but have seen worst...just hope Jurgen knows what he's doing!
Thursday August 25, 2011 5:29 pm
Look like Mexico got Joe Corona, well hope we can get him in the future ,
Thursday August 25, 2011 5:19 pm
Is Fabian Johnson going to be playing LB or DM?? I'm hoping LB. Was not and haven't been impressed by Edgar Castillo
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