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Klinsmann announces winter camp roster
by Paul Kennedy, December 22nd, 2011 1:40PM
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TAGS:  men's national team


[USA MEN] U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann called in 20 players to the training camp roster that will run Jan. 3-26 in the United States and Panama. The USA will host Venezuela on Jan. 21 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Four days later, it faces Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City.

The squad includes Omar Gonzalez, who was voted the 2011 MLS Defender of the Year, and fellow defender A.J. DeLaGarza from the MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy and Geoff Cameron from the runner-up Houston Dynamo.

Also called up was 2011 MLS Best XI pick Brek Shea from FC Dallas and 2011 MLS Rookie of the Year C.J. Sapong from Sporting KC.

A pair of 2010 FIFA World Cup veterans return to team: unsettled Ricardo Clark and Benny Feilhaber, who appears for the first time under Klinsmann.

Clark is one of two European-based players on the roster, along with Michael Parkhurst.

The came will begin in on Jan. 3 and move to the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Jan. and then return to Arizona to finalize preparations for Venezuela.

"This is a very important opportunity for these players," said Klinsmann. "They are the next in line behind the established players, and this is a chance to prove themselves. We will spend the next few weeks introducing them to our ideas on how we want to play and what it means to be a part of the national team. Ultimately, it will create more depth for us, which you need at this level. I'm very curious and excited to see this group."

GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), George John (FC Dallas), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), C.J. Sapong (Sporting Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).

  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: December 22, 2011 at 4:18 p.m.
    Finally, Gonzalez! Bill Hamid will get some work, since he should be our GK in the Olympic qualifiers. Glad to see George John get a run out too. Clark will act to simply make Beckerman look like a wizard in midfield.
  1. Alex G. Sicre
    commented on: December 22, 2011 at 4:55 p.m.
    It's about time Gonzalez was called up. He belongs on the full national team.
  1. Roger Sokol
    commented on: December 22, 2011 at 9:28 p.m.
    At this point, Hamid has more national team experience, but don't rule out Sean Johnson. The progress he made as a goalkeeper from the beginning to the end of the last MLS season was phenomenal. Between the two, we may be looking at the eventual successor to Tim Howard as the American #1 keeper. Klinsi has called in a lot of the players that people thought ought to get a look especially Omar Gonzalez. With the backline being one of the problem areas, it's also nice to see defenders who have stepped up from the crowd in MLS -- John, Loyd, De La Garza, etc. -- getting to go to the camp. The US needs to look at anyone who might help to solve the weakness in defense. It'll also be interesting to see if Michael Parkhurst has been helped by playing in Norway. I also am glad that Graham Zusi was selected after the way he played last MLS season. That kind of performance ought to get you at least a Nats team look see. The forward selection -- 3 youngsters -- Agudelo, Bunbury, Sapong -- seem to indicate Klinsi wants to give them a good chance to develop for the Nats team.
  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: December 23, 2011 at 8:48 a.m.
    Good selections and shows Klinsi is not in a panic. He is willing to take his time to look at players and fill holes wherever they may be.Also good to see MLS players being rewarded for having a good season.
  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: December 23, 2011 at 9:59 a.m.
    I would still consider Tim Reams the best CB in the MLS,It's funny that Gonzalez is teamed up with someone he plays with yr. round but not Ream!!!! Politics as usual, this is a different line up for Klinsman but they're not facing top teams either!!!
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: December 23, 2011 at 11:01 a.m.
    Let's see if coach K experiments with Gonzalez at stopper and Parkes as the central defender behind him...this combo could be something special.
  1. David Huff
    commented on: December 23, 2011 at 2:08 p.m.
    We should not be seeing Redcardo being brought back at all.

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