With the U.S. MNT finishing up a 12 day training stint in Brazil before heading back to California, Jurgen Klinsmann cut the 26 man squad down to 22. Klinsmann sent five players home, while adding Michael Parkhurst, for the rest of camp at the StubHub Center and the February 1 friendly versus the Korea Republic.
Klinsmann sent home Colorado Rapids defenders Chris Klute and Shane O’Neill, Sporting KC backs Chance Myers and Seth Sinovic, and Houston Dynamo keeper Tally Hall.
“All of the players have put in a tremendous amount of work and effort these past two weeks,” said Klinsmann. “We had a great opportunity to introduce some new players into the Senior National Team Program and they have done extremely well. I think they have a bright future, and now they go back to their clubs with a better understanding of what it takes at the international level. We now move forward with the chance to finish off the camp with the goal of getting a result against Korea.”
Klinsmann elected to retain Chicago Fire striker and MLS MVP, Mike Magee, defenders Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), and DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders), and Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil. All five will be looking for their first cap against South Korea.
Does the inclusion of Magee and the rest of the surviving quintet mean that the five impressed enough in closed door matches versus Sao Paulo to move up Klinsmann’s depth chart for Brazil?
And Parkhurst’s recent move to return to MLS with the Columbus Crew appears to be paying immediate dividends, and could spur Maurice Edu to push to get his stalled move to Philadelphia from Stoke completed.
Fans will be disappointed not to see Michael Bradley on the roster. The influential U.S. midfielder had left open the possibility of facing Korea, after his shock move from A.S. Roma to Toronto FC.
U.S. Soccer reports that 22,000 tickets have been sold for the game against the Korean Republic, the first of just two confirmed matches for the United States prior to the World Cup.
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), 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 Feilhaber (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)