Youth has been served in Jurgen Klinsmann’s first post-World Cup roster, as the U.S. MNT coach makes good on his promise to give some new players a national team opportunity.
Following the Americans loss to Belgium in the round of 16, Klinsmann revealed that he planned to blood some younger players in the team’s first friendlies after Brazil.
Today’s roster release for the September 3 match against the Czech Republic in Prague, shows that the U.S. coach and technical director was serious. Klinsmann has named a young squad, heavily weighted toward European based players, with just one Major League Soccer player, goalkeeper Nick Rimando from Real Salt Lake, and three Mexican based players making the European jaunt.
In what may be the biggest surprise on the roster, Klinsmann has selected Stanford University sophomore forward Jordan Morris to his first senior squad.
Also traveling from North America are three Liga MX players, Tijuana duo, midfielder Joe Corona, and fullback Greg Garza, and Puebla central defender Michael Orozco.
Klinsmann’s young group includes six players looking for their first full cap, 11 players with 10 appearances or less for the nats and just 10 members of this summer’s U.S. World Cup team in Brazil.
Jozy Altidore’s 71 caps are by far the most in this inexperienced bunch, with Alejandro Bedoya’s 32 a distant second. Fulham midfielder Emerson Hyndman is, at just 18, the youngest player on the roster.
Hyndman is just about one month younger than fellow age group standout Rubio Rubin, who picked up an assist earlier this month in his professional debut for his Dutch club Utrecht.
The U.S. roster is dotted with young players, players toiling in European second divisions, and players like Altidore struggling for playing time with their club teams.
Familiar names like team captain Clint Dempsey, goalkeeper Tim Howard, who is taking an international break, and Michael Bradley won’t be making the trip. Instead Klinsmann has called in the likes of Bobby Wood, the 21 year old Hawaiian forward with one cap in a friendly last August versus Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cody Cropper, the reserve Southampton goalkeeper, who was the U.S. number one at the 2013 U20 World Cup, and Alfredo Morales a German-American of Peruvian descent, who plays for 2 Bundesliga club FC Ingolstadt.
Klinsmann has selected just seven defenders, including Stoke wantaway Geoff Cameron, who is injured and presumably unable to play. Versatile defender Tim Ream has earned a recall after a fine season with Bolton in England’s Championship, while Klinsmann continues to ignore Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj. Lichaj has recently returned from injury, so that could be the reason for his omission.
The United States MLS contingent can expect to be called in for the U.S. match against Ecuador on October 10, in East Hartford, Connecticut, a game that will also serve as Landon Donovan’s Farewell Match.
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)