Sixteen players have been asked to report to the U.S. Men’s National Team camp in Orlando, with head coach Jurgen Klinsmann starting to piece together the team that will face Scotland, Brazil and Canada ahead of the start of World Cup qualifying (June 8 against Antigua and Barbuda).
More often than not, these announcements are more newsworthy for those who aren’t called in. This one is no different, with FC Nuremburg defender Timmy Chandler not included.
We’ll have more about the Chandler story in a bit, as it seems the long-term, U.S. future of the team’s best left back may be in doubt.
For now, the 16 who will be in Florida, as copy-and-pasted from U.S. Soccer’s web site:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (4): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (1): Clint Dempsey (Fulham)
As the federation pointed it, it’s a mostly foreign-based crew, though Real Salt Lake lose two players who’ve been crucial to their hot start: Kyle Beckermand and Nick Rimando.
RSL doesn’t play against until May 26. Expect the rest of the MLS-based call ups sometime next week.
The German contingent is strong, with six in Klinsmann’s initial 16. Included among them is Alfredo Morales, who has yet to get his first cap at the senior level.