Ahead of the U.S. national team naming their roster for the friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland on Mar. 25 and Mar. 31, Jurgen Klinsmann has plenty of options to ponder.
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The USMNT head coach spent time with the MLS based players in January and February and is now looking to use a largely European based squad in the upcoming friendlies at the end of March.
Here are four guys who could get a look in after either being left out of previous squads due to injury, lack of form or other factors.
Let us know in the comments below if there’s anybody else you think deserves another shot for the USA.
A late, late call up to the USMNT during their last trip to Europe, Ream was left out of the original squad and was then called on for the match against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. After putting in another solid season for Bolton at left back, why not give him a shot at replacing DaMarcus Beasely? Good in the air, composed on the ball and able to play at full back, center back and in central midfield, Ream is 27 and is in his prime.
Another player from English soccer’s second-tier, the German-American midfielder has been a regular for Reading since returning from injury and has helped the Royals to an FA Cup semifinal against Arsenal at Wembley on April 18. Williams, 26, is now fully fit and could be handed a chance to add to his 13 USMNT caps. A solid holding midfielder who is getting regular minutes, another player who could be given his first shot in the current cycle.
Okay, so we know about Johannsson’s qualities but we have yet to see him in a USMNT jersey since the World Cup. The AZ Alkmaar forward, 24, has had several nagging injury concerns but is now back in his groove and has scored three goals in his last six Eredivisie matches. Expect AJ to get some time in both matches.
Yet another American strutting his stuff in England’s second-tier, Lichaj has been a regular for Nottingham Forest and they are flying under Dougie Freedman. Lichaj, 26, can offer depth at full back for Klinsmann and with the likes of fellow right back DeAndre Yedlin not getting a look in at Spurs and Greg Garza perhaps unavailable for this trip, the more full backs around the better.