And there it is. Jurgen Klinsmann going wide and expansive with his camp roster next week. The roster dominated by the return of golden boy Stu Holden and no place for Steve Cherundolo (or Carlos Bocanegra).
GOALKEEPERS (6) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.
Jurgen Klinsmann today announced his roster ahead of two key World Cup qualifiers, starting on Friday in Colorado against Costa Rica. Sporting Kansas City will be represented by two players on the roster for the game, defender Matt Besler, and midfielder Graham Zusi both return to the national team.
The Fire will be without starting goalkeeper Sean Johnson this coming weekend against Chivas USA. The 23 year old 'keeper in his fourth season with the club has been recalled by Jurgen Klinsmann for the US Men's National Team's World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico on the 22nd and 26th respectively.
It was rumored this weekend after Matt Besler posted a picture online of him with Kim Kardashian but today it was confirmed that Besler, along with teammate, Graham Zusi, have been named to the US men's national team roster ahead of Wednesday's World Cup qualifier in Honduras.
Besler and Zusi are two of the 24 players named to Jurgen Klinsmann's roster for the game.
Let's be clear about something right away: the United States has absolutely nothing invested in this match against Canada. Competitively, it's a meaningless exercise. For a lot of these players, though, it's an opportunity to get into Jurgen Klinsmann's immediate consciousness, and maybe even play their way into his plans for the World Cup Qualifier against Honduras on February 6th.
Even with striker Robbie Keane and center back Omar Gonzalez away on international duty this week, the Los Angeles Galaxy figured to have a pretty easy night against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.
The Galaxy certainly created chances, but what they didn't expect was for Rapids keeper Clint Irwin, currently filling in for the injured Matt Pickens, to make himself a nuisance between the pipes on Saturday night, yet when all was said and done, the Galaxy found a way to get the three points, as Mike Magee's penalty in the 50th minute was all the Galaxy needed in its 1-0 win at the Home Depot Center.
Six days after holding their own in the first leg in Costa Rica, the Los Angeles Galaxy dictated the pace of the game on their home turf in the return leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Tournament against C.S. Herediano.
One first half strike was followed by three more in the second half while the defense contained the Herediano attack for the most part and Los Angeles became just the third MLS team to reach the semifinals of the CCL tournament with a 4-1 win.
The back-to-back champs are looking for a three-peat. The LA Galaxy made that very clear on Sunday afternoon as they throttled the Chicago Fire 4-0 in front of 20,124 fans at the Home Depot Center. Mike Magee is currently the leader for the MLS Golden Boot as he scored three goals and showed no mercy for his hometown.
Opening day is here as the Fire travel to Los Angeles to face the two-time defending champion Galaxy. While they're not the same side that captured a second consecutive MLS Cup last December, LA is still very formidable. Of course, Robbie Keane is still the main scoring threat but without David Beckham and Landon Donovan service will be harder to come by particularly if the Fire defense can force the ball onto the feet of the outside mids where the Galaxy have been somewhat lacking over the last two seasons.
The LA Galaxy are looking to become the first "three-peat" winners of the MLS Cup during the 2013 season.
The Galaxy started 2012 in anything but championship form, and the team will be hoping that an offseason free of overseas tours provided adequate time for rest and recovery after a grueling stretch run.
No real surprises in this one here and only a few minor takeaways.
First, the roster:
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (World Cup qualifying Caps/Goals) – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton – 22/9 SO), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire – 0/0)
DEFENDERS (9): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City – 0/0), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander – 31/5), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City – 5/0), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana – 0/0), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg – 0/0), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders – 0/0), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy – 0/0), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim – 3/0), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg – 3/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Roma – 19/5), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo 0/0), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor – 9/0), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04 – 5/0), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht – 12/0), Jose Torres (Tigres – 9/0), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim – 4/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City – 3/0)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar – 17/6), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur – 26/10), Herculez Gomez (Santos – 6/2), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders – 11/10)
Jurgen Klinsmann has some tough decisions to make.
The U.S. Men's National Team has some good depth at some positions, and with so many new faces stepping up to offset the rash of injuries in March, there are much more options heading into this summer's action than there was a year ago.
The Estadio Azteca is one of the most difficult places to play in world football and getting a point at the vaunted Mexican stadium is a very difficult task. The draw with Mexico actually moved the United States down the CONCACAF standings, but a draw at Mexico's home field is an encouraging result.
Perhaps this was the reason for hiring Jurgen Klinsmann: The man is undefeated in leading the United States against Mexico.
Admittedly, it's only two games, but Klinsmann's 1-0-1 record now includes a critical point on the road to Brazil 2014 earned in Azteca Stadium on Tuesday night. By holding Mexico 0-0, the United States moved to 1-1-1 in World Cup qualifying and improved to 0-13-2 all time in qualifiers played in the Mexican capital.
Clint Dempsey's 16th minute goal proved all the U.S. Men's National Team would need to get a crucial three points from a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in blizzard-like conditions in Denver on Friday night. The win moves the U.S. (1-1-0, 3 points) from the basement of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying final round group into second place.
With Carlos Bocanegra out of the picture for now, and Oguchi Onyewu still in "Can't Get Minutes for His Club Team" asylum, the centerback pool for the U.S. Men's National Team has an inexperience feel to it heading into the March World Cup qualifiers.
Geoff Cameron and Omar Gonzalez started in the team's last qualifier, but with the fullback position down to the bare bones, there is a very good chance Cameron will spend these next qualifiers as a fullback, which isn't a stretch considering that's where he plays for Stoke City.
U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 23 players into training camp in Denver to prepare for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico. The U.S. will face Costa Rica at sold-out Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22 at 8 p.m. MT. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas.
The USMNT got off to a rough start in Honduras with a loss, but now is their time to earn something back. With Mexico having drawn Jamaica in Estadio Azteca, it's easily within their grasp to at least get the jump on Mexico. After all, an away loss is bad, but a home draw can be even worse depending on the right circumstances.
In a word, that sucked. The U.S. Men's National Team dropped the first game of the final round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, losing 2-1 to Honduras. This despite going up 1-0 late in the first half through Clint Dempsey. Even when ahead 0-1, the Americans were generally outplayed over the entire 90 minutes, and the Hondurans deservedly went ahead on Jerry Bengston's 78th minute game-winner after a miscommunication between Geoff Cameron and Tim Howard allowed Oscar Boniek Garcia to square for Bengston, who ran past a ball-watching Omar Gonzalez to slot the winner home into an open net.
The US kicks off the final round of World Cup Qualifying tomorrow night with a very tough match at San Pedro Sula. The road match in Honduras is the second-toughest match of the final ten games of qualifying, second only to the quadriannual trip to Estadio Azteca in Mexico city, where we have never won.
It's make it or break it time for the US Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann as he gets ready to take part in the first Hexagonal World Cup Qualifier of the year. Wednesday's result, while it certainly doesn't seal the fate of the USMNT in the 2016 World Cup, could very well set the tone of what we can expect from team this year.
The match will air at 3 PM CST on Wednesday and it will be televised on beIn Sport (channel 620 for those of you with DirecTV). Here's the full roster for you USMNT fans out there:
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa - 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton - 22/9 SO), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire - 0/0)
DEFENDERS (9) : Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City - 0/0), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander - 31/5), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City - 5/0), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana - 0/0), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg - 0/0), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders - 0/0), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy - 0/0), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim - 3/0), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg - 3/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8) : Michael Bradley (Roma - 19/5), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo - 0/0), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor - 9/0), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04 - 5/0), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht - 12/0), Jose Torres (Tigres - 9/0), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim - 4/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City - 3/0)
FORWARDS (4 ): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar - 17/6), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur - 26/10), Herculez Gomez (Santos - 6/2), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders - 11/10)
The numbers are world cup qualifying gaps and goals, respectively.
U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks ahead to the first game of the final round of World Cup Qualifying, and discusses some of the challenges the team will face going up against Honduras.
No real surprises in Klinsmann squad for Honduras. It's a squad heavy on European-based players that is led by veterans Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley.
Veterans Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley headline the U.S. Men's National Team roster chosen to travel to San Pedro Sula ahead of Wednesday's vital World Cup qualifying clash against Honduras, a roster heavy on European-based players.
Graham Zusi, Eddie Johnson and Matt Besler headline a contingent of seven MLS-based players.
The U.S. men's national team kicked off the centennial year of U.S. Soccer with an uninspired 0-0 draw against Canada. Tuesday night's friendly at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston was the final match before the U.S. travels to Honduras to [...]
Here's your game thread for the USMNT vs Canada tonight.
Here's your starting lineups.
GK: Sean Johnson D: Justin Morrow, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Tony Beltran M: Brad Evans, Kyle Beckerman (captain), Graham Zusi, Brad Davis F: Chris Wondolowski, Eddie Johnson
Bench: Joshua Gatt, Alejandro Bedoya, Bill Hamid, Juan Agudelo, Benny Feilhaber, Alfredo Morales, Will Bruin
GK: Simon Thomas D: Nikolas Ledgerwood, Dejan Jakovic, Ashtone Morgan, Nana Attakora M: Tosaint Anthony Ricketts, Terry Dunfield, Kyle Bekker, Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault, Russel Teibert F: Dwayne De Rosario
It's time for the Hex! The United States is about to take on Honduras, and while the Yanks' roster features several former New England Revolution players, no one will draw more attention from Fort fans than Los Catrachos' striker Jerry Bengtson. This is a good opportunity for all of us to see him in action for his national team, where he appears to be scoring all the goals.
Using the fantastic line up creation tool over at AmericanSoccerNow.com the MLSR writers got together to create their ideal line ups against Honduras. Take a look at each of our thoughts and see what you think. Once that's done, head over to ASN and make your own! Luke Lohr:
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