U.S. men’s national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann called an experienced roster for this summer’s Copa America Centenario. The 23-player roster includes 15 that were part of his 2014 FIFA World Cup roster and 3 additional players have taken part in Russia 2018 qualifying.
“This roster really was put together based on what we saw over the last year, and it’s one that makes us the strongest team possible to compete in Copa America and to hopefully surprise a lot of people,” said Klinsmann.
U.S. Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), 12-Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), 22-Ethan Horvath (Molde IK)
DEFENDERS (8): 5-Matt Besler (Sporting KC), 3-Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), 6-John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), 20-Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), 21-Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), 23-Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), 14-Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS/FORWARDS (12): 15-Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), 4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), 8-Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), 13-Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), 16-Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), 10-Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), 17-Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), 18-Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), 7-Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV), 20-Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), 19-Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
The Stars and Stripes open their Copa America campaign against Colombia on June 3 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. The game will have the regular off-field distraction with the tournament’s opening ceremony held before the match. The team then travels to Chicago’s Soldier Field to face Costa Rica on June 7 and close out the group stage against Paraguay on June 11 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. All matches will air live on FS1.
The competition for rosters spots continues to increase with the development of larger and more talented player pool with some ‘tight decisions’ for the final spots.
“Obviously when you get down and you decide on the final 23-man roster, there are very close, tight decisions to make,” Klinsmann added. “The moment when you decide, it’s about definitely who you feel the strongest about.”
The final 23-player roster includes some notable absences. Forward Jordan Morris, who Klinsmann first called up as a collegiate player with Stanford, did not make the final roster despite his recent form in MLS. Mix Diskerud has never established himself as the creative force in the midfield and appears the creative and attack minded Darlington Nagbe could be given a chance to excel at the position.
The USMNT has struggled at the center back position over the past year or more but Omar Gonzalez, the starter along with Matt Besler during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, was left off the roster along with the ‘next Omar Gonzalez,’ and Chelsea defender Matt Miazga.
And in goal, Nick Rimando was left off the roster. The 36-year-old earned his first of 21 caps in 2002 and was part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster but appears that with Brad Guzan and Tim Howard firmly positioned as the #1 and #2 that Klinsmann is looking to the future with the 3rd GK slot required on the roster.
What do you think about the USMNT roster? How far can this team go in this summer’s Copa America Centenario?
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