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Klinsmann will take 22 players for South Korea game
by Paul Kennedy, January 24th, 2014 3:10PM



[USA MEN] U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named a 22-player roster for the last part of the January camp that will be held at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif., ahead of the match against South Korea on Feb. 1 at StubHub Center.

Colorado Rapids defenders Chris Klute and Shane O'Neill, Sporting Kansas City defenders Chance Myers and Seth Sinovic, and Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall will return to their clubs. Michael Parkhurst, recently signed by the Columbus Crew from German club Augsburg, has been added to the training camp roster and will join the team in Los Angeles.

Four players will get a chance for their first cap in the South Korea game: DeAndre Yedlin and Luis Gil, both members of the 2013 U.S. U-20 national team, Michael Harrington, the only natural left back still in camp, and Mike Magee, the 2013 MLS MVP.

"All of the players have put in a tremendous amount of work and effort these past two weeks," said Klinsmann. "We had a great opportunity to introduce some new players into the senior national team Program and they have done extremely well. I think they have a bright future, and now they go back to their clubs with a better understanding of what it takes at the international level. We now move forward with the chance to finish off the camp with the goal of getting a result against Korea."

Nearly 22,000 tickets have been sold for the USA's first game in 2014, which is one of only two games currently scheduled before the naming of the World Cup roster in May.

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8) : Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

  1. Jake Lammi
    commented on: January 24, 2014 at 7:31 p.m.
    The only guys on this roster that should be considered for a ticket to Brazil are Rimando, Gonzalez, Besler, Diskerud, Zusi, Donovan and Johnson. The rest are barely average players in a mediocore, at best, league. Too bad the U.S. can't get the best athletes in the country to play the worlds greatest sport.

  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: January 24, 2014 at 9:27 p.m.
    While I can appreciate your last sentiment, a reminder would be that these "best athletes" are only really considered that in the context of their chosen sport. They may possess physical attributes that others do not, but that would never guarantee they would be better soccer players than our top 23.......on the other hand, if they were immersed in the sport and developed the desire to be world class early-on, I could agree. Your picks are spot-on, plus Evans and slightly lesser, Becks. Without Evans the US would definitely not have won the Hex....(see "allowed only 8 goals against, five shout-outs at home", and "Jamaica away winner"....) For a guy who "played out of position", his inclusion was instrumental in going 7-2-1 during the qualifiers. Becks, on the other hand, did just enough in my book, to garner a spot as a late defensive CM, as long as the opponent doesn't have alot of pace straight up the middle.

  1. Jake Lammi
    commented on: January 25, 2014 at 2:04 a.m.
    Evans had a good run in qualifying but there are just better options/talent to choose from. If Evans didn't play, the US still would have won the hex. They are simply better than those teams. Not taking anything away from his excellent play, but just better players Klinsy can take ahead of him. But I would not hate the selection of Evans. And Beckerman is not good. He is just TOO SLOW for the international game. He also lacks creativity and can't use his left foot to save his life. Do you seriously see him being effective against any of the teams the USA drew? He would be just as bad as Ricardo Clark was in the last cup. I can't stand Kyle Beckerman. I've never understood why he has put on the US kit at any point.

  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: January 25, 2014 at 2:39 a.m.
    Don't misunderstand me..........I am not a Becks fan.....but Klinns has chosen to keep him around, and if he doesn't give the DCM to Cameron outright, expect Becks to be on the plane to Brazil. He did step up his holding/service play during the second half of the year, that's all I'm saying Klinns may be influenced by. If you're referring to someone like Chandler or Yedlin at RB, they better make their case now cause the clock is seriously winding down! Also, don't forget the chemistry aspect and familiarity of Gonzo/Besler & Evans.....more than a few times they were there at the last second to cover for each other....I would hesitate to say others at this point could play RB and be counted on to do so as seamlessly, except for Cameron! Wish at some point Geoff just gets slotted there given our Group Draw. Also, I fully expect Ronaldo to float to both sides whenever he wants to test both of our outside backs....I expect our backline to stay our weakest link for sometime forward unfortunately.

  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: January 25, 2014 at 11:25 a.m.
    I think the team is pretty well picked. I believe what Klinsi is looking for now is the maybe #21-23rd players.Guys that will probably never get off the bench at the WC. I hope he leans toward the younger guys like Yeldin and Gil to give them a taste and the WC atmosphere they can carry into 2018.

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: January 25, 2014 at 1:53 p.m.
    Jake, we do have some of the best athletes in the world; just not in soccer; i.e., a Messi or CR7, are great athletes, but they, and others close to them, have other dimensions of mental and physical qualities that put them in a select soccer category. These players are able to execute and make things happen. IMHO, most of the USMNT personnel are unable to do the latter.

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