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Klinsmann names squad for Scotland and Austria games
by Paul Kennedy, November 11th, 2013 4:29PM

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[USA MEN] U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann called in 23 players for matches against Scotland Friday in Glasgow (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas) and against Austria Tuesday in Vienna (2:45 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network and UniMas). The squad is significant for who is not there as much as who is there. There are no players from the four MLS semifinalists, while Landon Donovan is one of four players out with injuries.

The games are the last two of the year for the USA and two of the remaining three games for which Klinsmann will have all his players available before the final World Cup 2014 preparations begin in May. There's is one friendly date on the FIFA calendar in May.

The only player getting his first call-up from Klinsmann is Eric Lichaj of Nottingham Forest. Besides Donovan, Edgar Castillo, Clarence Goodson and Brad Guzan are all nursing injuries and not available for selection, according to U.S. Soccer.

MLS is off this weekend because of the international matches scheduled on the November fixture dates. But as it is, none of the players still involved in the playoffs were called up. National team regulars on the conference finalists include Matt Besler and Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) and Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo).

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire).
DEFENDERS (7): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Michael Orozco (Puebla).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City).
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Aron Johannsson (AZ), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).


13 comments
  1. Rene Guerra
    commented on: November 11, 2013 at 8:20 p.m.
    What has Klinsman in mind with players such as Beasley (who most of the time plays negatively, i.e., moving the ball in the direction of our goal) and Altidore, a lazy player who doesn't do any defensive work. These two should watch Barcelona play to learn how to play. Then there is Omar Gonzalez and Clarence Goodson, who most of the time huff the ball instead of distributing it so that possession of itis kept.

  1. Joey Tremone
    commented on: November 11, 2013 at 8:56 p.m.
    You mean Altidore, the guy who scored in 6 games in a row? Apparently you didn't know that Robin Van Persie is Dutch, and not American, and that watching some Barca games on television doesn't make you a world star.

  1. Eric Schmitt
    commented on: November 12, 2013 at 8:29 a.m.
    Rene, while I agree with your opinion of Beasley, I respectfully disagree with your assessments of the other 3. Altidore has proven himself very effective as a striker for the USA, having scored 8 goals in 6 straight matches as a starter, and I find he does an adequate amount of defensive work, esp compared with other people available to the USA in that position. Gonzalez is quite simply the best center back the US have. He most definitely does not just huff the ball out and distributes the ball out of the back quite effectively and consistently. He is rock solid in aerial situations and is dangerous in the box on set pieces on the offensive end. Distribution out of the back is one of the things JK has insisted upon, and Gonzalez delivers. Goodson, while less effective at distribution, is very solid in the air, and uses his size very well defensively. He's right in the mix for a spot in a World Cup Starting XI. We have to remember to compare players against others available, not just others worldwide. JK can only choose from players available to him.

  1. A. Lock
    commented on: November 12, 2013 at 8:44 a.m.
    Klinsman has in mind to get the US to win the world cup. You are comparing club futbol with national play. The two are completely different making it difficult to compare them. As far as Jozy being lazy i agree but Klinsman wants him to stay up because that is how the Germans play. This is a decision i agree with. Americans use their forwards on defense almost exclusively. The reason it seems Barca does so is because they score a goal then lull you to sleep by playing behind the ball the rest of the game to win one - nil; therefore creating the illusion that the striker(s) play defense. A German watching Barca even though the Bundesliga was the overall champs last year does not make sense.

  1. Winston Reyes
    commented on: November 12, 2013 at 9:25 a.m.
    Watch Barcelona and learn how to play?,you kidding right?

  1. Kent James
    commented on: November 12, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.
    Beasley's weakness is defense (particularly in the air), not offense. He's good with the ball and gets forward pretty well. Altidore was much lazier a few years ago; now I think he works pretty hard, and while his play is not always pretty (a lot of muscle), his touch is vastly improved and he's scoring with consistency. I think it was wise of JK to leave the playoff contenders off the roster (as well as those nursing injuries, like Donovan).

  1. Ginger Peeler
    commented on: November 12, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.
    I'm just pleased that Klinsman has so many players to choose from. And, while some of us may not agree with his choices, it seems to be working ( very well, I must say) for him. So, I'll put my faith in the coach, even if I wish he'd included some other players that I think deserve to be included. Go USA!!!

  1. Charles Bauer
    commented on: November 12, 2013 at 11:19 a.m.
    Would love to have seen Magee get a shot.

  1. John Soares
    commented on: November 12, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.
    I think I'll go watch some professional poker on TV. I could use the 8 million some guy just won earlier this week.... Wonder how much TV poker he had to watch before becoming "that" good!?:)

  1. Zoe Willet
    commented on: November 12, 2013 at 3:23 p.m.
    Rene started these comments off on a bad foot. I wish there were more commentators like Ginger! I too have faith in Klinsmann: he has taken these players and over time has molded them into an effective team, and he is realistic about the future. (But I don't like dirty players like Jermaine Jones- wish he would be told in no uncertain terms that if he doesn't clean up his act, he's through; that's the duty of the mgr/coach I believe.)

  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: November 12, 2013 at 5:25 p.m.
    JJ, a dirty player....?? Please go back and watch the Costa Rica game in the "Snowbowl" Zoe.....More times than not (during the qualifiers), Jones has to sustain the brunt of physical tackles through the midfield (protecting the likes of General Bradley, and Dempsey to a degree), and to date, has not committed the dreaded Red Card a number of posters here for months have claimed he will doom the US to! This is not to say other middies will not step-up and displace him in the starting XI....but he is solid, and Klinns knows he serves a greater purpose than some others who would not handle the physical side of the game that way he can. OTOH, I do like your belief in Klinns, so let's believe he knows how to handle JJ if needed. Well done Eric, A. Lock, & Winston........although I wouldn't crown Gonzalez our best CB in that three legged contest quite yet.....

  1. Dan Phillips
    commented on: November 12, 2013 at 7:20 p.m.
    I do not understand why JK dod not call up Timmy Chandler. US has a problem at right back, and Timmy is a natural Right Back, and has been playing well with FC Nurnberg. Puzzling why not called up!

  1. Charles Ritter
    commented on: November 13, 2013 at 9:35 a.m.
    When will we see the fruits of all the Developmental Acadamies payoff? I am still waiting for the talent that they're "SUPPOSE" to be grooming for our National Team. With all of these players in our country getting full time training where's the payoff? Just look at our U23, U20, U17 failures in major competitions. Jurgen keeps having to go to Germany to find players or Mexico something is wrong. We need to identify with home grown players for the sport to really grow we need AMERICAN Heroes.


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