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USMNT releases 23-man roster for September friendlies


Jurgen Klinsmann has announced the 23-man roster for the United States’ upcoming friendlies against Peru and Brazil.

Tim Howard makes his return to the USMNT after his hiatus from the national team, but Klinsmann has already said he will have to earn his starting role back from Brad Guzan.

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Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron is also back in the side after being given some rest over the summer during the Gold Cup. Overall, 15 players from the Gold Cup roster will be returning for the September friendly matches.

For now, two of the USMNT’s most important players, Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley, are not present on the 23-man roster for the match against Peru. However, both will be added after that match to face Brazil.

Klinsmann said these friendlies will mainly serve as warm-up matches to the one that everyone has circled on the calendar, October 10 against Mexico. The winner of that match will get to represent CONCACAF in the 2017 Confederations Cup.

The bigger picture is to get some answers for how we put things together for the Mexico game a month from now.

Obviously we want to continue to have a good flow of guys from the Gold Cup, but also to bring back guys who are in position to compete for a spot on the roster for Oct. 10.  Our message to these guys is simple: prove a point that you want to be at the Rose Bowl.”

While most of the players are familiar faces around the U.S. camp, there is one new addition as Andrew Wooten received his first call-up. The German-born striker has scored five goals in the opening five matches of the season for SV Sandhausen, who play in the second division of German football.


Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)

Defenders: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Greg Garza (Atlas), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham)

Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Veracruz), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

Gold Cup 3rd Place Preview: United States looks to finish strong vs Panama


The addition of a 3rd Place match to the 2015 Gold Cup has been criticized by many, but it will allow some small form of redemption for a pair of teams feeling down on their luck.

The United States is coming off a depressing showing against Jamaica that has forced them to prepare for a Confederations Cup playoff in early October, and those preparations start Saturday at 4:00 from PPL Park in Philadelphia.

Clint Dempsey looks to secure his hold on the tournament’s top-scorer list, currently on top with six goals. It will also be interesting to see if Klinsmann sticks with his young central defensive partnership of Ventura Alvarado and John Brooks that has taken much criticism for a mistake-filled tournament.

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The U.S. will take on Panama, who has plenty of reason to feel sorry about themselves, but also should feel they showed well throughout the tournament in spite of the contentious decisions the other day.

Unfortunately for Panama, they’ll be without at least one player due to their meltdown during and after the Mexico match. LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Peneda, who had been stellar throughout the tournament, was suspended two matches by CONCACAF for pushing an assistant referee. Leading scorer Luis Tejada will also be missing due to his contentious red card against Mexico handed out by Mark Geiger. Other decisions could come down by CONCACAF between now and the match as the North American governing body continues to investigate the incidents from that match, but at this point we know either Luis Mejia or Jose Calderon will start in goal for Panama in Philadelphia.

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The biggest question seems how much will the Panamanian players have their hearts in a third place match following the disaster on Wednesday night. We may have seen a preview of what is to come during Friday’s training session:

For the United States, their hearts better be in this match despite what little is on the line. A second straight loss to a CONCACAF opponent would heap even more pressure on coach Jurgen Klinsmann and would throw the team into heavy turmoil ahead of a crucial Confederations Cup playoff to come in the fall.

There’s plenty more for the USMNT to lose in this match than Panama, and that could play a significant factor. Will they make amends and end the tournament on a high, or will the hard done by Panamanians push hard for revenge?

WATCH LIVE: U.S. take on Japan in Women’s World Cup final

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Both Japan and the United States came out of their respective groups in first place and will find themselves matched up in a vital international match once again.

The USWNT, aiming for their first WWC crown since 1999, will hope to avenge their loss to Japan in the 2011 World Cup, when the Stars and Stripes relinquished multiple leads and stumbled on penalty kicks.

In 2012, the tables turned, as the U.S. defeated Japan for the Olympic gold medal.

Starting from the round of 16, Jill Ellis’ squad defeated Colombia, China and top-ranked Germany en route to the final, while Japan had to overcome the Netherlands, Australia and England.

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United States (5-0-1) vs Japan (6-0-0)
Sunday, 7:00 p.m. EDT
BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia
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United States: Solo, Sauerbrunn, Lloyd, Krieger, Holiday, Morgan, Brian, Rapinoe, Heath, Johnston, Klingenberg

Japan: Kaihori, Iwashimizu, Kumagai, Sameshima, Sakaguchi, Miyama, Kawasumi, Ohno, Utsugi, Ogimi, Ariyoshi