U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named a 25-player roster to report to the team’s January camp beginning Monday, Jan. 7, at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. The squad includes St Louis natives (pictured) Brad Davis (Chaminade/SLU) and Will Bruin (DeSmet/Indiana).
The team will train together until Jan. 27, when it departs for Houston in advance of the first match of the 2013 campaign against Canada on Jan. 29 at BBVA Compass Stadium (TICKETS). Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.
The roster includes only two non-MLS players but in the words of Eric Wynalda during the announcement on Fox Soccer, the focus is more obviously on the competition for what Klinsmann indicated would be 6-8 spots on the final Qualifying roster. Asked about Landon Donovan’s absence, Klinsmann noted that it is essentially Landon’s choice and he is not being considered for the February camp at this point either.
The Canada match is the only game prior to the start of the Final Round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off for the United States on Feb. 6 against Honduras in San Pedro Sula. In addition to the Hexagonal, U.S. Soccer is celebrating its 100-year Anniversary and will be hosting a number of events throughout the year
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (9): Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes), Jeff Parke (Philadelphia Union)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (out of contract), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Edson Buddle (Colorado Rapids), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
U.S. Soccer will be celebrating its 100-year Anniversary in 2013, and will be hosting a number of events throughout the year to celebrate.
US World Cup Hexagonal Schedule
Date, Matchup, Time, Venue, TV
Feb. 6, U.S. Men vs. Honduras, 3 p.m. CT, Honduras, ESPN2
March 22, U.S. Men vs. Costa Rica, TBD, USA,
March 26, U.S. Men vs. Mexico, TBD,Mexico,
June 7, U.S. Men vs. Jamaica, TBD,Jamaica,
June 11, U.S. Men vs. Panama, TBD,USA,
June 18, U.S. Men vs. Honduras, TBD,USA,
Sep. 6, U.S. Men vs. Costa Rica, TBD,Costa Rica,
Sep. 10, U.S. Men vs. Mexico, TBD,USA,
Oct. 11, U.S. Men vs. Jamaica, TBD,USA,
Oct. 15, U.S. Men vs. Panama, TBD,Panama,