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Klinsmann names 22 players for friendlies
by Paul Kennedy, November 3rd, 2011 3:16PM

TAGS:  americans abroad, germany, men's national team


[USA MEN] U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann called up 22 players to prepare for friendlies against France and Slovenia. The only newcomer in the squad is Alfredo Morales of German club Hertha Berlin.

The USA will face France on Nov. 11 at the Stade de France in St. Denis (TV: ESPN2, ESPN3, Univision,, 3 pm ET). Four days later, it plays Slovenia at Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana (TV: ESPN2, ESPN3, Galavision, 1 pm ET). The team will begin gathering Monday in Paris.

Morales is eligible to play for Germany, Peru and the USA.

Back in the U.S. squad are Broendly defender Clarence Goodson and Jermaine Jones, who has regained his starting job at Schalke 04. Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim) will be in camp for the first time since FIFA cleared him to play for the USA.

Five players called up for the October friendlies won't be with the USA against France and Slovenia: Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls) and Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City).

Regarding Agudelo and Bunbury, Klinsmann said, “Both right now are in a challenging position with the full team because of players ahead of them. Our thought is that if they are not in the starting lineup for us, this is a great opportunity to get an introduction with the under-23 team and to play two full games. It’s better for them than sitting on the bench, and they experience another development path by playing with the U-23s. It’s a good message to Juan and Teal that this is your age group, and they can now be challenged in different ways. In the senior team they measure themselves against the best as they fight against established older players. With the U-23 team, they are challenged in a different way by being two of the more experienced players in that group, and having a chance to continue to grow and mature.”

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton).
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon).
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim).
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy).

  1. John DiFiore
    commented on: November 3, 2011 at 5:23 p.m.
    Still no Herculez Gomez....very sad. Who is going to score for us???

  1. F. Kirk Malloy
    commented on: November 3, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
    No Agudelo and no Adu either? Indeed, who's going to score for us?

  1. Julio Vargas
    commented on: November 3, 2011 at 6:05 p.m.
    I saw the roster for the U-23 and Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury are not there. I am looking at the wrong place?

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: November 3, 2011 at 6:17 p.m.
    Robbie Rogers? I've seen enough of this guy after his first two appearances on the USMNT. He brings nothing to the table and that's ditto for the Crew.

  1. Tom Kondas
    commented on: November 3, 2011 at 6:20 p.m.
    You pick Beasley and not Adu? I don't get it!!

  1. David Mozeshtam
    commented on: November 3, 2011 at 6:25 p.m.
    Rogers and Orozco proved every time they suited up for the nats that they're not the national team caliber -- why are they on the roster again? And why no Gomez? Why not give Feilhaber a look?

  1. David Huff
    commented on: November 3, 2011 at 7:23 p.m.
    I agree with the comment about Gomez, not sure why he isn't included. Also, why no Torres in the center midfield if we are trying to move this team in the direction of good possession and distribution of the ball. As to any turning on Kilinsmann its not happening, just repectful disagreement in some areas. As I have said before . . . ein Volk, ein USA, ein Klinsmann!!

  1. Zack Bird
    commented on: November 3, 2011 at 9:33 p.m.
    I still don't understand how he does not feel Juan Agudelo can compete at this level. Even though he has proved to be more effective than other players on the roster.

  1. Emile Jordan
    commented on: November 3, 2011 at 10:37 p.m.
    Coach can do what he wants, but if committed to a skillful possession style of play we have skillful players that need to play together. The MLS is a far cry from So. Amer and Euro leagues, but vastly improved in skills and decision making leaving room to cherry pick the young skillful players, get them training with top foreign clubs and put them on the field to play games with the highly skillfull foriegn based players. It is not fair to anyone to continue to support older players that do not fit in to the near future and I for one would rather see skillful young players struggle and learn from the skillful experienced players and have moments of brilliance.

  1. Efrahim Fernandez
    commented on: November 4, 2011 at 7:49 a.m.
    I do think it is important that younger players be allowed to progress playing internationally in their age group. Players need to be playing. Does not make much sense for some of these players to be sitting on the bench when they could play for u 23s and prove themselves. In Europe the young talent gets moved up only after dominating their age group and not because the older players are weaker then the teenager.. Lets all take a long term view and allow for development at the cost of results..

  1. Joseph Pratt
    commented on: November 4, 2011 at 9:38 a.m.
    Coach K's comments about Agudelo and Bunbury are fine, playing time is key. If he called them up and didn't play them much, then does that really help them? Let's hope they do play for the U-23s, which they certainly should. That said, where is Freddy Adu? He was an impact player in the Gold Cup, with real skill on the ball. He should be part of this team.

  1. David Mozeshtam
    commented on: November 4, 2011 at 9:50 a.m.
    To Super Man: "Remember these are still just friendlies where Klinsmann is looking to evaluate players before WC qualifying begins." Exactly. Why,then, won't Klinsmann take a look at players like Gomez, Bedoya, Adu, Feilhaber, Bunbury? But what is most perplexing to me is that Tim Howard has played every minute in all 5 games under Klinsmann. Why not give some playing time to another goalie? What if, god forbid, Howard goes down with an injury?

  1. Daniel Clifton
    commented on: November 4, 2011 at 11:07 a.m.
    My question is why no call up for Omar Gonzalez. Hasn't he earned a look. I would also like to see Feilhaber. He has played well in the past. I believe Torres is injured and out for a period of time.

  1. Luis Villanueva
    commented on: November 4, 2011 at 12:27 p.m.
    I lke the squad. For those asking for Gonazalez - he looked awful trying to contain litle Luke Rodgers. Could you imagine him playing two or three real attackers. Gomez has been injured and he will be too old for the next WC. Bedoya not getting a call? We need speed and youth in th offense.

  1. Keith Clark
    commented on: November 4, 2011 at 1:54 p.m.
    Can anyone tell me why Bocanegra gets picked? I think he is a liability in the back. He is unable to provide cover to make up for his lack of speed and quickness. I think he is awful and would never select him let alone captain. Donovan for captain.

  1. David Mozeshtam
    commented on: November 4, 2011 at 2:58 p.m.
    To Luis: First, Gomez hasn't been injured. Second, he's no older than Buddle, Beasley, Donovan, Jones... And are you saying that Bedoya, at 24, doesn't provide speed or youth?

  1. Bret Newman
    commented on: November 7, 2011 at 5:27 p.m.
    Now that the Galaxy are in the MLS Cup, leave Donovan out. He doesn't need to risk injury while playing in friendlies. Bring Herculez Gomez in to replace him.

  1. Mark Greenwood
    commented on: November 9, 2011 at 5:07 p.m.
    I would like to see Freddy Adu, Charlie Davies and Micheal Parkhurst in group. skisea654

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