2016 has official begun for the United States men’s national team with head coach Jurgen Klinsmann calling 23 players for the annual January camp. The camp focuses on domestic based players and runs from January 11 through February 6 culminating with friendlies against Iceland (January 31) and Canada (February 5).
The biggest story coming out of the camp may be the players that are not included. Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), and Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) were all omitted. The players were initially included in the January camp larger 36-player roster but according to SI.com’s Grant Wahl the group of veterans voiced their concerns about the month-long camp.
The average age of the roster is 24 years old with a core of 5 veterans – Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Jermaine Jones, Mix Diskerud, and Matt Besler – anchoring the unit. Defenders Kellyn Acosta and Matt Miazga are the youngest players at 20-years-old.
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)