Caleb Stanko

FC Cincinnati buys Caleb Stanko from Bundesliga’s Freiburg

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FC Cincinnati has added another tool to its MLS expansion workshop, and this one carries an extra amount of intrigue.

American soccer fans have seen very little of 25-year-old Caleb Stanko aside from a 19-minute cameo for the USMNT in World Cup qualifying.

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A defensive midfielder with experience at center back and playing on the right, Stanko has battled injuries during his time with German side Freiburg. He made six Bundesliga appearances in 2017-18, a year after going on loan to Swiss side Vaduz.

Stanko hails from Michigan, and joins a list of impressive additions that includes Allan Cruz, Alvas Powell, and Kendall Waston. From

“We are happy to add Caleb to our roster,” FC Cincinnati Head Coach Alan Koch said. “We look for versatility in our central midfielders and we feel he can fill a number of roles depending on the personnel we have on the pitch. We look forward to Caleb competing immediately within our group.”

There’s been a lot of hand-wringing over FC Cincinnati’s roster build-out by those fearing that the new MLS club could go the way of Minnesota United in thinking its USL players would be enough for Major League Soccer.

Turns out there was a lot more time left in the offseason.

Klinsmann tabs 7 new names for USMNT friendly in Puerto Rico

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Some unusual names have been called into transitional camp for the United States men’s national team as it prepares for the Copa America Centenario.

Jurgen Klinsmann called up 22 players for the upcoming friendly against Puerto Rico, with only 15 of those names on the 40-man preliminary Copa America list.

The new names?

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Freiburg backstop Zack Steffen is new on the roster, though all seven defenders are a part of the Copa America mix. That means we should get a pretty regular group of backs on May 22 in Bayamon.

Midfielders Caleb Stanko (Freiburg) and Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) are new, as are forwards Fafa Picault (St. Pauli), Julian Green (Bayern Munich) and Club Tijuana duo Amando Moreno and Paul Arriola.

Full roster

: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg)

Defenders: John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg), Danny Williams (Reading)

Forwards: Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Fabrice Picault (FC St. Pauli), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)