January 6, 2016
Youth served in U.S. January camp
U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 23 players for the first training camp of the year, with the possibility of additions.
The camp is scheduled Jan. 11-Feb. 6 in Carson, Calif. Klinsmannís callups include a mix of Senior Team members and a players age-eligible for the U-23 MNT for friendly matches against Iceland Jan. 31 and Canada Feb. 5 at the StubHub Center.
"We start out our year with a January camp where we give the opportunity to the next wave of players to come in and make an impression and see if they are ready to step it up into international level, if they are ready to understand what it takes to become a National Team player," Klinsmann said.
"This camp will be a little bit different because we're going to mix it almost half-and-half with senior players that are already National Team players or some that are older and maybe get the chance to play their first cap, and a lot of the Under-23 players that hopefully qualify us for Rio de Janeiro. This will be more of an identification camp and a development camp. We want to give those players a head start into their very busy year 2016, but we also want to make it clear to them that it's a huge opportunity that you have to understand what it takes to step it up and to become an international-level player."
The youthful roster - with an average age of 24 - is anchored by five veterans from the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster, led by U.S. captain and 2015 U.S .Soccer Male Player of the Year Michael Bradley. He is joined by Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Mix Diskerud and Jermaine Jones. It features 11 players who are age-eligible for the U-23 team that will compete in an Olympic qualifying play-in against Colombia in March. Among the Olympic hopefuls is Matt Miazga, the 2015 U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year.
The camp roster is loaded with MLS players, with 21 players plying their trade in the domestic league. Among the players looking to gain international experience are several players recognized with end-of-season awards, including members of the MLS Best XI, midfielder Ethan Finlay and goalkeeper Luis Robles, MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. D.C. Unitedís Bill Hamid was a finalist for the goalkeeper award. Midfielders Fatai Alashe (San Jose) and Matt Polster (Chicago0 were in the running for Rookie of the Year. Will Trapp (Columbus), who captained the U-23 MNT in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, was a finalist for Comeback Player of the Year.
U.S. Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)
DEFENDERS (5) : Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
MIDFIELDERS (11) : Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC), Jermaine Jones (Unattached), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Marc Pelosi (San Jose Earthquakes), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire), Tony Tchani (Columbus Crew SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart), Jordan Morris (Unattached), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy).