Jurgen Klinsmann Releases Roster For Costa Rica and Belgium Friendlies

Jurgen Klinsmann Releases Roster For Costa Rica and Belgium Friendlies

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 25, 2011
  • 2 Comments
  • Belgium, Costa Rica, Features, Jurgen Klinsmann

US Men’s national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 24 players for the upcoming friendlies with Costa Rica and Belgium.

The US first hosts Costa Rica on September 2 at The Home Depot Center. Four days later, coverage from King Baudouin Stadium begins at 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET). All games will be on ESPN3.com, the Costa Rica game can be seen on ESPN, while the Belgium game will be aired on ESPN 2.

For the most part there aren’t too many surprises. I was happy to see that Klinsmann called in Hoffenheim midfielder Fabian Johnson. That’s another German player that has apparently been open to switching to the US. The former Germany U-21 international midfielder holds dual citizenship .

Some will wonder why George John wasn’t called into this camp. It’s simple really, the player is going through a transfer to a new club right now. Klinsmann probably didn’t want to put him into an uncomfortable situation with his new club by calling him in at this point. Expect he’ll get a call during those January friendlies.

What do you make of this roster?

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)

DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Michael
Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca)

FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)

  • Peter

    The most glaring absences, for me, are Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones. Perhaps they too are “making impressions” somewhere, I don’t know. The lack of a true creative midfielder who makes chances for his teammates while also being a threat to score has been, in my mind, our biggest shortcoming. Neither Bradley or Jones have provided this type of play for the nat’l team.
    Interesting to see Klinsmann brings in another dual passport player…we all know what happened with Guiseppe Rossi.
    It’s early in his tenure, but I think we begin to see more of the off the ball mobility in these upcoming friendlies, like that which we saw in the 2nd half versus Mexico.
    A result at home versus the Tico’s is needed.
    A result in Belgium, on top of that, would be rocket fuel for the Nats.

    • Klinsmann had his reasons for not calling in Bradley or Jones. He said they were sorting out their club situations at the moment and that they had not been playing matches.