Jurgen Klinsmann’s first US National Team roster has been announced and really there aren’t too many shockers listed here.
There were plenty of shocks to this roster like DC’s Bill Hamid or seeing some names like Michael Orozco Fiscal again. Seven MLSers were called this time, which is great to see. Two come from the MLS academy system (Hamid and Agudelo), which shows that the league’s academies are moving in the right direction.
One shocker for sure was seeing a name like Jozy Altidore left off or even having DeMarcus Beasley be back on the roster. Also, no Clint Dempsey? I guess his club got in the way there, which isn’t a bad thing really.
Three players I would have liked to see called were Chad Marshall, George John and Geoff Cameron. I bring up Cameron only as a defender though. Still, I really have no major issues with this roster.
What do you think?
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), José Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (Benfica), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)