KLINSMANN ANNOUNCES US ROSTER
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JAMIE HILL - Thursday, September 29, 2011
US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann today announced the roster for the upcoming friendlies against Honduras and Ecuador.

It is a strong roster that consists of most of the top US players. For the first time since Klinsmann was hired, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan are expected to play together again. They will also be joined by regulars Jozy Altidore, Carlos Bocanegra, and Tim Howard.

The US will not be completely at full strength heading into these games. Midfielder Stuart Holden suffered a setback with his knee injury and will miss the next six months of action. Jose Torres also recently had surgery on his foot and will be out for the remainder of 2011. Eric Lichaj will be out at least the next three months with a hip injury and Fabian Johnson's US debut is also delayed as he is out with an injured neck.

Three players will join the US national team for the first time during Klinsmann's reign. Oguchi Onyewu's return to form for his club has paved the way for a return to national team. Nick Rimando has been called in to compete for a place behind Tim Howard. Lastly, Hoffenheim defensive midfielder Danny Williams has received his first ever call to a US team.

Klinsmann has yet to win a game since taking over the US national team. After a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Mexico in his first game, the US team dropped consecutive 1-0 decisions to Costa Rica and Belgium in early September.

The US will take on Honduras in Miami on October 8 and then Ecuador on October 11 in New Jersey.

Goalkeepers

Hamid, Bill DC United (MLS)
Howard, Tim Everton (England)
Rimando, Nick Real Salt Lake (MLS)

Defenders

Bocanegra, Carlos Rangers (Scotland)
Chandler, Timothy FC Nurnberg (Germany)
Cherundolo, Steve Hannover (Germany)
Onyewu, Oguchi Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)
Orozco-Fiscal, Michael San Luis [Mexico)
Ream, Tim New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Spector, Jonathan Birmingham City (England)

Midfielders

Beckerman, Kyle Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Bradley, Michael Chievo Verona (Italy)
Dempsey, Clint Fulham (England)
Edu, Maurice Rangers (Scotland)
Larentowicz, Jeff Colorado (MLS)
Shea, Brek FC Dallas (MLS)
Williams, Danny Hoffenheim (Germany)

Forwards

Agudelo, Juan New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Altidore, Jozy AZ Alkmaar (Holland)
Beasley, DaMarcus Puebla (Mexico)
Bunbury, Teal Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Donovan, Landon LA Galaxy (MLS)
Planet earth
Friday September 30, 2011 8:00 am
Dear eurofan,

Did you expect Klinsmann to wave a magic wand and create an entire new pool of players out of thin air? I guess that would be the "creativity" you are looking for...maybe you should come back from fantasyland and realize that there are 6-8 good players and 20-30 marginal contenders/upstarts. While it is regrettable that the team has not yet won under K, most serious observers have noted with satisfaction some improvement in the passing, possession, inclination to attack and overall style of play since K took over. It is obvious that there is a long way to go; but let's not pretend that if K called in a different group then the US would be Brazil, Germany or Spain.

Yours,

Planet earth
Ed C.
Friday September 30, 2011 4:05 am
what, no Sacha Kljestan??? the guy only missed one game for Anderlecht this season so far and has been putting in 90 minute shifts each time, including Europa League games! Jurgen, we need to talk!
cbb1217
Friday September 30, 2011 12:05 am
why no mix? especially with torres out.
chambre01
Thursday September 29, 2011 11:08 pm
Hey Eurofan! Do you know of better American players? Perhaps Klinsmann could hire you to find what they can't.
Coach Kev
Thursday September 29, 2011 9:41 pm
I thought Williams was a left back?
Paul in Austin, TX, USA
Thursday September 29, 2011 9:02 pm
Personalky, i like this roster. Klinsi can't jusy crap a whoke new set of players out of his a$$... What alternate roster selections would you propose at this point?
Scott
Thursday September 29, 2011 8:14 pm
Why no Freddy? In the Gold Cup he was the best most creative player on the roster and we leave him behind for Beasley, Donovan, Bradley, and Edu? Donovan is a good player but has already reached his ceiling. Freddy still have a chance to be a real player for the US and a difference maker, someone not afraid to have the ball at their feet and make something happen. Come on Klinnsman!!!
The Beagle
Thursday September 29, 2011 7:52 pm
Eurofan: So instead of complaining, why don't you tell us which players K should have chosen?

Was Teal Bunbury a Bradley pick? Brek Shea? Danny Wiliams? Jeff Larentowitz?
G Smith
Thursday September 29, 2011 7:06 pm
I am perplexed by the inclusion of Gooch and Jeff L. I understand and appreciate Jeff's work rate and Gooch's years of service, but they do not fit the system JK says he wants the US to play. I want to see Josh Gatt and Mix Diskerud. Is JK afraid to shake it up too much without a win under his belt, or is the federation restricting his selections. As I am writing, I have had a revelation, maybe the USSF wants to keep a significant amount of familiar faces to maintain the average US fan excited to see the faces they know. I think some of the inclusions most of us avid fans desire may be hindered because they chose Europe over the MLS, and therefore the USSF fears losing the average US fan support by playing unknown Euro players and foreign transfers on the roster. And that is not even considering the backlash on JK and USSF if an unknown roster had the same results as our customary predictable roster.

We may be hindered from international glory until the MLS catches up to the world in salaries, tactics, skill, and coaching acumen.
robbo
Thursday September 29, 2011 6:53 pm
What! No Gatt, no Mixx, the same tired old team? No creative midfielder? Another German? God help us. We have nothing but a Bradley clone. When is he going to farm the old timers out? I hate the selection.
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