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Foreign-based players give Klinsmann plenty of options
by Paul Kennedy, May 15th, 2012 4:05AM
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[USA SPOTLIGHT] Jurgen Klinsmann is expected to announce on Tuesday the foreign-based players he is calling into a camp that also begins Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. The rest of the squad will be named Sunday after another weekend of MLS action. By the time the final cuts are made for the first of five games -- three friendlies and the first two World Cup '14 qualifiers -- as many of 18 or 19 of the 23 players could be foreign-based. For a look at the large foreign contingent ...

Klinsmann is expected to bring in 29 players and cut the squad down to 23 before camp breaks ahead of the first of five games, a friendly against Scotland May 26 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The U.S. coach has said this won't be "an introduction camp," but he could take a look at U-23 Joe Corona, who was starting for Tijuana in its run to the Mexican playoffs. Another player from the U-23s could be Terrence Boyd, who debuted for the senior national team against Italy in February without the benefit of a single first-team appearance for Borussia Dortmund. Longshots would be a couple of other U-23s, Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin) and Mikkel Diskerud (Gent), and 22-year-old forward Andrew Wooten, who debuted for Kaiserslautern this spring.

That so many players saw regular playing time gives Klinsmann plenty of choices ...

GOALKEEPERS. The No. 1 and No. 2 goalies remain Tim Howard (Everton) and Brad Guzan (Aston Villa). Howard, 33, signed a new four-year deal with Everton. Guzan is one of the few foreign-based who was not starting consistently, but he was excellent when he did fill in for Shay Given at Villa.

DEFENDERS. Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby) and Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim) are locks.

Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa) and Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) should get recalls based on their play this spring.

Klinsmann will probably bring in Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), based on his seniority, but he could not have been too pleased to see Onyewu's comeback from a knee injury at Sporting cut short by a red card against Portuguese champion Porto.

The versatile Danny Williams (partially torn muscle in his shoulder) will be missed if his shoulder isn't ready.

Michael Parkhurst is competing for the Danish league title, which is both good and bad news for the Wake Forest product. Klinsmann is big on bringing in players taking on key roles for their clubs, but Nordsjaelland won't finish until May 23, two days before camp ends.

MIDFIELDERS. Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04) and Maurice Edu (Rangers) will be fighting for the two holding midfielder spots.

Besides Corona, DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla) and Jose Torres (Pachuca) could be recalled from their Mexican clubs.

Sacha Kljestan will be the only foreign-based player to return with a league title if Klinsmann calls him in from Belgium's Anderlecht. Until now, though, Kljestan has been pretty far down Klinsmann's depth chart in midfield.

FORWARDS.  Clint Dempsey (23 goals in all competitions for Fulham) and Jozy Altidore (19 for AZ) are both coming off their best seasons in Europe.

And the streaky Herculez Gomez (18 goals in all competitions for Estudiantes Tecos and Santos this season) should get called in after the Torneo Clausura final against Monterrey even though his playing time in the last month has been limited.



3 comments
  1. Robert Lopez
    commented on: May 15, 2012 at 12:22 p.m.
    Gomez>Jozy
  1. Carlos Thys
    commented on: May 15, 2012 at 12:34 p.m.
    I see a lot of old and older players mentioned above. Not good. With Germany in the lead-up to June 2006 and hosting the World Cup on German soil, Juergen Klinsmann showed a willingness to look away from the established (capped and older) German national team players to bringing to the fore those who were young and untested. It was refreshing. It was taking a risk. But it paid off. In part because the Germans did not face tough opposition until the quarter final against Argentina. That chapter in his life, that success of June 2006 is what has offered J. Klinsmann this very coaching opportunity that he now enjoys with the USA team. So -- now is a chance to do the same again here. Qualifying for Brazil 2014 as CONCACAF has it set up this go-round is not at all much of a challenge. It is, frankly, very easy to achieve. Thus, I would expect to see a more risky, more looking-to-the-future listing of players for these upcoming matches. I repeat: I see too many older names there -- above in the article. Not smart.
  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: May 15, 2012 at 2:13 p.m.
    Carlos, These are the foreign-based players. More young players can come from the MLS ranks., if the quality is there. However, with our recent showings in the Youth level championships (poor), don't expect a lot of hidden talent to be found there.

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