Some surprises in Klinsmann picks and omissions

[USA MEN] U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann called up 29 players -- four will rotate through as the No. 3 keeper -- for the camp that begins May 26 in Cleveland and the upcoming friendlies against Belgium and Germany and World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica, Panama and Honduras. There is, as expected, no Landon Donovan on the list. There is also no Steve Cherundolo and no Carlos Bocanegra. There were, however, a few surprise call-ups. For the complete roster ...

The camp was originally scheduled to start May 21 at the Home Depot Center. The delayed start gives foreign-based players who have completed their seasons a chance to rest and MLS players one more week with their clubs.

Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona will be unavailable through May 29 as Tijuana will face Ronaldinho's Atletico Mineiro in the quarterfinals of the Libertadores Cup. Several other players could be unavailable for the start of camp, depending on weekend results.

Klinsmann on ...

-- Donovan: "Maybe later on we’ll definitely expect him back in the team."

-- "Cherundolo is still recovering from an injury and he simply needs time for his knee to get back to 100 percent."

-- Bocanegra: "He knows that if anything happens to one of those center backs that he’ll get called in right away, but I think we are blessed with our center back position."

(Click here for more on Klinsmann's analysis.)

Three players called up have not played in six weeks or more: Michael Parkhurst (since Feb. 16), Danny Williams (March 30) and Brek Shea (April 2).

Klinsmann also called in Stuart Holden for the first time during his tenure as the midfielder has returned to action after a long layoff with knee problems. Holden, who could also play in the Gold Cup in July, is the lone player called up for the first time this year.

Besides Bocanegra, six players were called in for earlier Hexagonal matches but won't be with the national team for the upcoming camp and matches: Tony Beltran, Timmy Chandler, Brad Evans, Justin Morrow, Michael Orozco and Jose Torres. Only Chandler, who is injured, played in a final-round qualifier.

Klinsmann, who will have to put together an almost entirely separate team for the Gold Cup, added that other players were on his radar. He mentioned AZ striker Aron Johannsson, who has dual citizenship with Iceland and the United States, and players on the Under-20 World Cup team.

U.S. national team roster:
GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC).

Note: Backup goalies will be rotated through the team: Sean Johnson (May 26-30), Hamid (May 30-June 2), Hall (June 2-June 8), Rimando (June 9-19).

USA Schedule:
May 29: Belgium (friendly) in Cleveland
June 2: Germany (friendly) in Washington, D.C.
June 7: at Jamaica (World Cup qualifying)
June 11: Panama (World Cup qualifying) in Seattle
June 18: Honduras (World Cup qualifying) in Sandy, Utah

13 comments about "Some surprises in Klinsmann picks and omissions".
  1. ROBERT BOND, May 17, 2013 at 8:18 a.m.

    A chance to see der Mannschaft & I have to be out of the country! Still, Bayern & Dortmund players not there....

  2. Gus Keri, May 17, 2013 at 8:35 a.m.

    I wonder if there is a personal issue between Klinsmann and Donovan that dates back to their time together at Bayern Munich. Since Klinsmann arrival at the US helm, Donovan involvement with the USMNT has been sketchy. Is it possible that they blame each other for that failed Bayern experiment?

  3. Robert Kiernan, May 17, 2013 at 8:36 a.m.

    Where are the WIDE players??? Justin Gatt really should be included, and Mikkel Diskerud or Jose Torres... I'm fine with the five Strikers called in, but someone needs to be able to take on a defender wide one on one and get in a cross for those guys to have much of a chance to score. The players that Klinsmann has used wide mostly are NOT true wing types, Zusi, Shea, Kljestan or clearly Williams... I'm hoping that Corona is used as he seems about the only guy in that list of Midfielders who looks to be close to that "wing" type of player. Stuart Holden clearly WAS one of our very best players a few years ago, and may be again, but this is putting him in a very hard place and while he clearly should be part of the Gold Cup squad, I'm hesitant to expect him to be a key member in the three vital World Cup Qualifiers. I understand Donovan not being called in for the Gold Cup, but really is Danny Williams a better wide player than Donovan in a World Cup Qualifier? I LIKE Williams as a defensive midfielder, his play against Jamaica was excellent, but with all these other central defensive players called in, will he be stuck outside again where he clearly is NOT at his best? Then there is DaMarcus Beasley being listed as a DEFENDER, hey he did pretty well there against Mexico, but was caught out and lucky to only get a yellow card in the Azteca match, if Edgar Castillo is injured then Beaser is the "First Choice" at LB and that still scares me... that leaves Fabian Johnson (or maybe Parkhurst) as the LB cover. As to being "Blessed" at CB... is Klinsmann kidding? Gonzalez and Besler looked to be a pretty good pairing the one time they played together, but Cameron has been playing either as a RB or in midfield the whole time this season, he hasn't looked sharp in his CB role recently with the NATS. Boca much like Onyewu is no longer the player he was a few years ago and it is patronizing to pretend otherwise... no Goodson has been inconsistent and that leaves what, Edu, and his last time out was highly suspect and truly might have cost us that point in Mexico if a different official was calling that match. Overall this is a decent group considering what is available, but while Jurgen seems to like the "idea" of playing with wings, he doesn't seem to want to bring in actual players who PLAY WING, say Gatt, Gyau, Sapong or for that matter Donovan... this isn't something that reasures me that when we HAVE to play wide players that we actually will HAVE any... maybe come the Gold Cup he'll actually try and include a few. ... (ICE)

  4. Robert Kiernan, May 17, 2013 at 8:38 a.m.

    Typo Reassures

  5. David Mont, May 17, 2013 at 9:16 a.m.

    I have given up on expecting anything good from Klinsmann. He's leading us to a total disaster.

  6. Mark Grody, May 17, 2013 at 10:20 a.m.

    on the brink

  7. Alexander Lozano, May 17, 2013 at 10:21 a.m.

    LOVE seeing Holden back in the USMNT but don't understand how Kljestan & Shea get called in but Torres & Bedoya don't?!

  8. Barry Thomas, May 17, 2013 at 11:10 a.m.

    Shea and Parkhurst are riding pine at their clubs, but are called up for WCQs.

    Donovan, a leader in caps and goals and second in assists on the USMNT, who scored and logged three assists in his last club match, ". . . maybe later on (will) definitely (be expected) back in the team"????

    What's going on here?

  9. Alex G. Sicre, May 17, 2013 at 1:44 p.m.

    Donovan is already fit, and playing aggressively as I new he would be early on. Three world cup qualifiers and he isnt included? Ridiculous. What are you smokin Klinsi?

  10. Chris Sapien , May 17, 2013 at 3:34 p.m.

    I can't argue with you guys regarding Donovan. Could it be Klinns has a sixth sense about Landon's hunger to go for glory....? As I have stated before, he looks to pass most of the time when we all believe he should get off a shot.....In regards to Robert's take on Boca, when did most here decide Boca wasn't performing well enough for the Nats?.....With close to 4X more caps then the combined others called in, and his nak of scoring important goals, you should never underestimate his experience and positioning that all the others can learn from. It's when he plays out of position as an outside back that he gets in trouble. Agree with you Robert on the wing play that we sorely don't emphasize enough......

  11. Robert Heinrich, May 17, 2013 at 6:53 p.m.

    We're 29th in Fifa. Why? Can we be a top 15 team? We have more players playing professionally that at any other time in our history. The talent pool is deeper. We have periods (short ones) where we play very good soccer. We are less reliant on corners as Route 1 goal scoring chances. There is probably some disruption of team identity and cohesion as a result of importing german-american players who have little connection to US culture. Are these growing pains? Should our expectations be higher? Based on what? We have only a handful of guys who are influential at top flight clubs. It is the most competitive sport in the entire world. We are still a long way behind and there are no quick fixes, unless going back to an athletic, "physical" defensive style of play where we squeak out 1-0 victories off of set pieces is considered "progress."

  12. I w Nowozeniuk, May 18, 2013 at 10:17 a.m.

    Coach K's biggest problem is to choose the correct combination of players on the pitch. All other issues are mute, especially when there is not much difference in individual talent. Efficacy, simplicity of play, total commitment matter most.

  13. Karl Ortmertl, May 19, 2013 at 10:47 a.m.

    The US has only got five world class players and two of them are in Klinsman's doghouse. No bueno. In case you're wondering: Howard, Dempsey, Bradley, Altidore, Donovan. Klinsman's honeymoon is over if the US doesn't win at least two of the next three WC qualifiers. And he'll have a lot of explaining to do about why 40% of our world class talent wasn't participating. Part of his job is to make sure the best of the best fit in, not to find reasons (bogus ones at that) to keep it out.

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