Klinsmann travels with 26 players for training camp in Brazil
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (BDCi) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has decided to bring all 26 players called into the January camp on the trip to Brazil where the team will train for 12 days as part of a “dry run” for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Klinsmann had considered trimming the roster to 23 players, but after an excellent week of training, the full group is going.
“We have been extremely pleased with the performance of the group in the first week,” said Klinsmann. “The players came in very fit and have done really well in training. Therefore, we believe they have all earned a chance to go to Brazil for these next 12 days. We are excited about getting down to Sao Paulo and continuing the work. This is a huge opportunity to get to know our environment for the World Cup.”
The team will be based at the training site of Sao Paulo FC, one of the premier facilities in Brazil and the host of the U.S. base camp this summer. In addition to daily sessions, the U.S. will hold two closed-door scrimmages during the visit.
The camp culminates with a friendly against the Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif. Kickoff at Stubhub Center is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, Watch ESPN, ESPN Deportes Radio and UniMas.
U.S Roster by Position:
Goalkeepers (4): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders (10): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids), Chance Myers (Sporting Kansa City),Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Seth Sinovic (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Midfielders (8): Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Felihaber (Sporting Kansas CIty), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards (4): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C.United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)