Klinsmann names roster for Puerto Rico visit
U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 22 players for camp to begin preparations for Copa America Centenario.
The players will report to Miami, then play a friendly against Puerto Rico at Juan Ramσn Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon at 12 p.m. Sunday (FS1, UniMas, UDN).
The U.S. team is made up of players based in Europe and Mexico who have completed club seasons. A total of 15 players are in contention for the 23-man squad that will compete in Copa America, having been included in the 40-man preliminary list submitted April 29. Deadline for the final roster for Copa America is Friday, May 20. MLS-based players selected to compete in the tournament will be released by clubs May 23 and join the team in Dallas.
"We are doing this week in Miami and finishing off the week with a game in Puerto Rico because it's really important in terms of transitioning our players coming in from Europe, and some who are already done in Mexico, to keep them in a flow, to keep them in a rhythm," Klinsmann said in a release Monday. "One of our lessons from last year's Gold Cup was because the tournament was pushed into July, we couldn't transition our European-based players and some of the Mexican players perfectly.
"We added some players coming from the younger side to look at them and to get a roster together. But the main purpose of this camp is to keep the rhythm, keep going and to transition perfectly into the preparation for the Copa America Centenario."
Following the trip to Puerto Rico, the USA will face Ecuador at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, at 7 p.m. CT May 25 (ESPN2, UniMas) and Bolivia at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City at 7 p.m. CT May 28 (FS1, Univision networks).
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Zach Steffen (SC Freiburg)
DEFENDERS (7): 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 (7): 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 (5): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Fabrice Picault (FC St. Pauli), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Tim Howard joins the squad after having played his final match as a member of Everton FC, ending his 10-year career at the club. He will join the Colorado Rapids following Copa America.
Bobby Wood finished the 2. Bundesliga season with 17 league goals for Union Berlin, setting a single-season record for a U.S. international in Germany. His performance led to a May 15 transfer to Hamburg SV in the German Bundesliga.
Fabian Johnson completed the Bundesliga campaign with Borussia Monchengladbach with six goals, including two in the Champions League. 'Gladbach finished in fourth place and earned a spot in Champions League qualifying.
Alejandro Bedoya finished the second half of the Ligue 1 season with four goals and two assists for Nantes.
Geoff Cameron totaled 30 appearances for Stoke City, which ended up in the top half of the Premier League.
DeAndre Yedlin capped a successful loan spell at Sunderland by helping the Black Cats retain their place in the Premier League. Having spent 237 days in the relegation zone, the team secured a place the top flight on the second-to-last matchday of the season.
After extending his contract with Hertha Berlin, John Brooks dealt with nagging injuries. The capital club finished in seventh place, meaning the road to the Europa League will begin with qualifying in late July.
Club Tijuana contributes three players to the MNT camp, including veteran defender Michael Orozco and newcomers Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno.
Seven players in this camp are not eligible to be selected for the Copa America and five are making their debut in a senior MNT camp: Arriola, Moreno, Fabrice Picault, Caleb Stanko, and Zach Steffen.
Stanko and Steffen are part of the SC Freiburg side that claimed the title of the 2. Bundesliga and promotion into Germany's top flight.
Julian Green returns to the senior team for the first time since April of 2015. Emerson Hyndman is back after having made his debut for the team in the 1-0 win against Czech Republic in Prague Sept. 3, 2014.
Perry Kitchen moved from D.C. United to Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Premier League, appearing in all 10 league matches following his arrival in March.