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CHRISTOPHER MCCOLLUM - Sunday, May 20, 2012
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The Roster is now complete
Jurgen Klinsmann announced the additions of 11 more players today, filling the U.S. camp for the summer. The total number is now 26, which will be trimmed down to 23 by Friday.

This past Tuesday, Klinsmann announced 15 players to his initial roster, leaving wide speculation as to who would make it in the final portion, as there were several key names left off.

Those questions have been answered, and the official inclusion of Landon Donovan will finally see Clint Dempsey able to pair up with the Galaxy star for the first time since Klinsmann took the helm.

Herculez Gomez might be the most anticipated call-up in years, after last playing for the United States in 2010 despite being one of the most prolific goal scorers in the attack-minded Mexican Primera Division. Gomez has the opportunity to become the first American player to win both an MLS Cup and a Mexican title tonight as he and Santos Laguna take on Monterrey in the second leg of the Championship.

Michael Parkhurst is another highly anticipated call-up, as he and FC Nordsjaelland moved one step closer to winning the Danish Superliga today, taking a two-point lead into the final game of the season. If they are able to win the league, he will join Jermaine Jones as being the only Americans to qualify straight into the Champions League group stage for next season.

The players are as follows:


Cameron, Geoff (Houston Dynamo)
Goodson, Clarence (Brondby)
Onyewu, Oguchi (Sporting Lisbon)
Parkhurst, Michael (Nordsjaelland)


Donovan, Landon (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Zusi, Graham (Sporting Kansas City)


Agudelo, Juan (Chivas USA)
Altidore, Jozy (AZ Alkmaar)
Boyd, Terrence (Borussia Dortmand)
Gomez, Herculez (Santos Laguna)
Wondolowski, Chris (San Jose Earthquakes)

The biggest surprise exclusions seem to be Sacha Kljestan, recent winner of the Belgian Jupiler League with Anderlecht and DaMarcus Beasley, who has been enjoying a career revival with Puebla and has been one of the most dangerous left wingers in Mexico over the past season. Another surprise exclusion is Eric Lichaj, who returned to full health after missing several months due to injury, and featured strongly for Aston Villa in the second half of the season.

The training camp is ongoing, and the first game of the summer will be on Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida, as the United States hosts Scotland.
Tuesday May 22, 2012 11:13 am
USA must play to strength - midfield. Altidore and/or Gomez will often play as lone strikers, or together if JK goes to a 4-4-2 at some point. But leaving the back 4 for a moment, imagine the 2 holding midfielders as Bradley and Jones, and the 3 attackiing midfielders as R-L Donovan, Edu (or ...) and Dempsey.
That is both a strong defensive pairing and tremendous attack, especially along the wings. If JK ever settles his defensive back 4, USA would have a formidable team that has proven it can compete with the best. If healthy and in top form, a back 4 of Cherundolo, Onyewu, Bocanegra and Johnson/Castillo, would still be competitive,although ageing and not the fastest in the game today. At least for 2012, this starting 11 wuld combine vast experience with sufficient speed to compete. By 2014, a full retooling wuld be needed - Cherundolo, Onyewu, Bocanegra would all be well past prime and slowing down that would expose too much space in the back. But lets worry 2014 when the time comes.
Monday May 21, 2012 7:06 pm
I'm starting to get the feeling that klinsmann is more interested in developing young German-american talent than home grown American talent..
Cole Joseph
Monday May 21, 2012 4:41 pm
I like this roster. I only have a couple of complaints but they are minor ones. I would have liked to have seen Gatt get called in but I'm sure he will over the course of the summer. I was looking to see Adu as well but no biggie.
As for everyone complaining that it looks like JK is handing LB to Castillo I would remind you that Fabian Johnson was the LB against Italy and did a fine job. My sense is that Johnson is the 1st choice at LB for these upcoming games.
Also I was very happy to see Gomez and Boyd called in. I like the striker group although Wondo doesn't do much for me to be honest. I doubt he makes the final cut anyway since he and Gomez play the same style with Gomez being about 10 times better.
I also expect Morales to get cap tied asap.
Overall this is a good start. Some good young talent to evaluate for the future with some quality, in-form veterans.
I see this team doing very well over the next five games.
Monday May 21, 2012 2:29 pm
Wait I thought Klismann said he was going to call 29 players what ever happen to the other three spot. I think Adu, Gatt, Gyau, Lichaj, Whitebread, Even Shea or Abedoya should been at least call in. I like the way Klismann thinks and want to do with the USA National but now I started to think about his roster selection. We need more young players and guys that been playing in their high level. I care for MLS but to be honest they don't have the skill that other players in Europe have or are learning. Until MLS hire better Coaches and bring more talent player to play against our mls guys.
Monday May 21, 2012 1:29 pm
My first surprise call up is no Lichaj! He's been playing good for Aston villa! I wouldn't mind seeing and other option at left back... Maybe right back too! But no damn MLS players!!! I'm tired of seeing these lame brain MLS players that suck on our team! Im also tired of hearin about Sasha and adu!!! Soo what if he won the Belgian league or whatever he plays in! He had played with the USA and sucks!!!!!! You guys praise him better than Torres really?!?! Wow you guys need to stop playing FIFA 12! He has better touch, and can read the game better than him! And he's had a chance also, an he blew it!!! And to those infatuated with Adu, he is not a consistent player and there is a reason he plays in the MLS! He can't cut it against top European talent!!!! So get off his jock strap! There are more talented players than him!

I would have like to see Wooten but I guess klinsman doesn't want to try him out with the USA.... Since we are playing against brazils b team, cause I not we will get our asses laughed at by everyone.
Monday May 21, 2012 1:04 pm
Although Lichaj played mostly at RB since his return at Villa, he has shown in oast he ia a solid LB with pace and skills. ver surprised Klins did not include him. LB has been iur achilles heel for over a decade. Not sure what he is thinking here. Makes no sense to leave Lichaj off the roster as a solid LB prospect.
Monday May 21, 2012 12:51 pm
tim ream is gone on honeymoon lichaj is rehabing i have no clue why spector wasnt called in and you guys are forgetting that fabian is prolly starting lb with castillo competing
Monday May 21, 2012 12:30 pm
I like it.
Perhaps Lichaj should have gotten a call, but he didn't play that much this season with his injury so I can't argue rewarding another player.
In any case, Johnson should be our starting LB I hope. He was great vs Italy in that role so hopefully we can solidify him there. Castillo or Lichaj would be backups, though depending on what happens with Chandler, I think Lichaj (should he stay healthy and get PT in his club) will slowly be groomed to replace Cherundolo. Don't underestimate the fact that JK may be looking to cap tie Morales in those first qualifiers. I wouldn't look too much into the non Lichaj callup. He'll get his chance if he's healthy.
I don't mind not seeing Ream. He started at Bolton, sure, but he never showed me anything much everytime I saw Bolton play to be frank. He still seemed to error prone, and Bolton went down anyway. This said, I'm sure at some point during WCQ Ream will be back in the mix and get another chance.
Finally Sasha.. Well you can't argue he had a great season at his club, but I think it's just the case he doesn't really fit in JK's system right now. Also to be fair, Sasha was pretty bad in his recent USMNT games.
Monday May 21, 2012 12:23 pm
I wish Klinsi would stop pontificating about the importance of playing time for your team if he is just going to pick whomever he wants for whatever reason he wants. If he is just going to go with his gut, fine, but then just say that is what you are doing and move on. DMB, Lichaj, Ream and Kljestan all should have gotten an invite to the camp if selection were based on what Klinsi said it was and the last thing the USMNT needs a sense of cynicism and entitlement floating around camp.
Ed C.
Monday May 21, 2012 4:27 am
Its obvious that Klinsmann just doe not like Kljestan and whether or not it has anything to do with him as a player is beyond me. Sacha is better than a few midfielders that have been called up.
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