BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, December 22, 2011
Jurgen Klinsman today announced a 20 man roster for the annual upcoming friendlies against Venezuela and Panama.

The games will not take place during an international window so only players from MLS and Scandinavian leagues were chosen. The lone exception is Ricardo Clark who is at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Also, at the same time as this camp there will be a US U-23 camp taking place in Los Angeles and many of the top young American players will be there.

The biggest omissions are MLS standouts Robbie Rogers and Tim Ream who have both played for the US team under Klinsmann. Ream is reportedly missing the camp because of his wedding on January 7. Rogers has been rumored to have interest from European teams but it is unclear if that is why he is not with the team.

The United States will take on Venezuela on January 21 in Arizona then will travel to Panama City to take on Panama on January 25.


Hamid, Bill (D.C. United)
Johnson, Sean (Chicago Fire)
Rimando, Nick (Real Salt Lake)


Cameron, Geoff (Houston Dynamo)
DeLaGarza, AJ (LA Galaxy)
Gonzalez, Omar (LA Galaxy)
John, George (FC Dallas)
Loyd, Zach (FC Dallas)
Parkhurst, Michael (FC Nordsjaelland)
Pearce, Heath (Chivas USA)


Beckerman, Kyle (Real Salt Lake)
Clark, Ricardo (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Feilhaber, Benny (New England Revolution)
Larentowicz, Jeff (Colorado Rapids)
Shea, Brek (FC Dallas)
Zusi, Graham (Sporting Kansas City)


Agudelo, Juan (New York Red Bulls)
Bunbury, Teal (Sporting Kansas City)
Sapong, C.J. (Sporting Kansas City)
Wondolowski, Chris (San Jose Earthquakes)
Monday December 26, 2011 1:47 am
I do not see how JK will manage with this roster especially at RM and CB.
I expect that the U23s will give him at least two more players to consider?
Sunday December 25, 2011 1:21 pm
-Big Red, I think Davis is still hurt. It can take awhile to heal.

-CBB 1217, Mix is with U23's. He will be combating for an opportunity to play on the olympic team.

It should be interesting to see how these players fair.
Big Red
Saturday December 24, 2011 12:46 am
How about Brad Davis? This seems like a mostly MLS list, so why not take the best US MLS player not named Donovan. I know he got hurt last month but shouldn't he be better by now?
Friday December 23, 2011 3:48 pm
still no mix? we need a creative player in the midfield. hopefully he gets called in.
Friday December 23, 2011 3:43 pm
The player selections represent what most of us would have expected based on the limited leagues that could be pulled from. Klinsmann has brought in players who are familiar with one another (pulling them from the same clubs) which should assist in the team chemistry. The only faults I can find with the players selected are Clark and Larentowicz. Clark hasn't seen time with his club in months while I've never been a fan of Larentowicz.
The line-up I'd like to see tried:
G Smith
Friday December 23, 2011 1:39 pm
Well, for all those who whined about the MLS not getting a fair look, here is their chance. I am excited about this selection of players. I look forward to seeing if these players are ready for international soccer. Can they attack with pace? Can they possess and make the right supporting runs? Can the defense hold up? I think this group has the physical and athletic qualities to compete, but I am not sure as a unit the have the technical or tactical awareness to standout compared to our European based players. I am aware that Shea and Parkhurst are tested quality, but can Shea be impressive when the talent is less. Or will he be more conservative in his attacking?
Thursday December 22, 2011 8:48 pm
Very happy about Cameron, Gonzo and Feilhaber. Looking foward to the games.
Thursday December 22, 2011 4:46 pm
Anybody know the foreign prospects for the players mentioned?

I personally think that all of the CB's have done about all they can in MLS and could probably gain alot from facing the high pressuse and sophisticated attackers that reside abroad. I know MLS are real buzz-kills about transferring talent abroad but hopefully some of these players escape.

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