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Klinsmann makes five changes
by Paul Kennedy, August 25th, 2011 5:38PM

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[USA MEN] Jurgen Klinsmann called up German youth international Fabian Johnson of Hoffenheim for the USA's friendlies against Costa Rica on Sept. 2 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. (ESPN2, ESPN3.com, Galavision, 8 p.m. PT, 11 p.m. ET) and Belgium four days later at Brussels' King Baudouin Stadium (ESPN, ESPN3.com, 2:30 p.m. ET). Three players who started in Klinsmann's debut match against Mexico were not called in: the Germany-based trio Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones and Edson Buddle.

Bradley is seeking a move from Borussia Moenchengladbach. Jones has not played for Schalke 04 since the Mexico game on Aug. 10. Buddle is playing but not starting for second division FC Ingolstadt.

Ricardo Clark, who came on as a late sub against Mexico, isn't playing for second division Eintracht Frankfurt and also did not get a call-up.

Recent Philadelphia Union signing Freddy Adu is the fifth player from Klinsmann's first squad who won't be headed to the HDC.

Besides the 23-year-old Johnson, born in Germany to an American serviceman, Timmy Chandler, another German-American, received a call-up. He was called up for the Mexico game but withdrew with the Bundesliga season about to start.

Clarence Goodson and Maurice Edu are also back after missing the Mexico game because of injuries.

Five other players not called up for the Mexico game will join the U.S. squad: Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht) and Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City).

U.S. ROSTER:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Timmy Chandler (FC Nuremberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)



8 comments
  1. Alan Gurman
    commented on: August 25, 2011 at 6:36 p.m.
    About time Larentowicz was invited back. Better holding defender than MB and JJ and excellent distributor. Also has a rocket 30 yd shot and is excellent on free kicks. Terrific addition!!!! What happened to Bedoya????

  1. Paul Bryant
    commented on: August 25, 2011 at 6:53 p.m.
    Not surprised M. Bradley didn't get a call-up. I'm curious if Klinsmann's enthusiasm can translate into an improved style of play on the pitch.

  1. David Sirias
    commented on: August 25, 2011 at 7:27 p.m.
    Larantowicz is expected to play the Beckerman role given Beckerman wont play in LA( RSL is one of the few teams playing that weekend). If he does well , Jones better find his mojo again because he might get eclipsed. Bradley cant play DM like JK wants. Sorry. So he also better reinvent himself somewhere or he might find himself outside looking in

  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: August 25, 2011 at 8:38 p.m.
    With JK saying he's bringing his best in for every game, one can't read into this that he's giving some guys' clubs a break by not flying them around the world for a couple friendlies. I like that attitude. If they want to play for him they need to show up when the opportunity is there. I wish he would have called up Joe Corona who just got called to the Mexican U-22 team. Hate to lose a young prospect to Mexico. Bradley needs to suck it up and find a club. Let's see if the Dutch league is going to bring in a more confident Altidore....

  1. Andrew Post
    commented on: August 26, 2011 at 8:56 a.m.
    Hmmm Beckerman again? I was not impressed nor am I a fan of a holding mid that cannot pass and looses the ball too much. I do trust Klinsmann to field a good team so i'm willing accept Beckerman on the roster. Larantowicz will be interesting. I have seen him play but nothing about him stood out in my mind. I guess we will see how he transitions to the International level. GOOD RIDDANCE M. BRadley, and R. Clark! Do us all a favor and just fade away. I was a little surprised by Adu being left off. I thought he showed some good stuff. I also Love me some Timmy Chandler and Brek Shea! It will be interesting to see the starting lineup.

  1. Ernest Irelan
    commented on: August 26, 2011 at 10:51 a.m.
    I am looking forward to the team lineup an changes that coach K has...Adu did not impress me when he went to MLS. I believe that coach K knows more about him for sure than I do. Thus far, I am impressed with coach K's decision making, an he is still looking for that perfect fit for a team that cliques, all players must fit the style he wants to play ...he will figure it out...we were not doing well with the previous lineups, thus, new one..an, I expect more changes in the future until coach K gets what he thinks will be his A team...I am excited each time I see his new lineup of players. I especially like CD an LD working together as they are so capable of the big plays. I like Donavon coming in off the bench fresh an providing that extra punch needed in second half of game..he is like a new spark plug..he is not a youngster anymore, but, a seasoned vet..but, still has it for the spurt needed to bring added power into the game, the killer punch I call it.

  1. Alberto Mora
    commented on: August 26, 2011 at 10:57 a.m.
    In recent comments that I made after the past World Cup in South Africa, I said that our US National team needed a real Coach to take over for at least twelve (12) years and inmediately I received some negative comments from some of the folks that write their own feed back. Well this is the answer, I'm please to see the result: Jurgen Klinsmann is the beginning of my views, so for all of those negative comments writers just learn from us the experts in futbol before typing your silly ideas. Our new imported Coach will change the time wasted since we had Bora Mulitinovic, the gap has been closed...GO USA!!!

  1. tim allen
    commented on: August 26, 2011 at 8:29 p.m.
    why no mention of Eric Lichaj? thought he did well in his last call up


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