Klinsmann names 25-man USMNT roster for Jamaica qualifiers

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If the U.S. men's national team are going to pick up six points en route to improving their chances of qualifiying for the 2014 World Cup, they will have to do so without a couple of their top players and with two others fighting to get back in form.

Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley were left off a 25-man roster called in by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for a pair of upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica due to injury, but Clint Dempsey and Carlos Bocanegra were included despite having just recently resolved their problematic club situations.

Other players selected on the team that was announced on Sunday were Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore, Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Joshua Gatt. Gatt, however, will not join the team as he suffered a hamstring injury in Molde FK's game on Sunday afternoon.

The U.S. team has begun gathering in Miami, where they will train for the next two days before departing for Jamaica on Wednesday. The Americans will take on the Reggae Boyz on Friday at Independence Park in Kingston before heading to Columbus Crew Stadium on July 11 for the two teams' second Group A match against one another.

Here is the full roster:

GOALKEEPERS (4) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (9) : Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)

MIDFIELDERS (8) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (4 ): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos)

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What do you think of this roster? Surprised by anyone's inclusion/omission? Think this team will be able to pick up two wins against Jamaica?

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213 Responses to Klinsmann names 25-man USMNT roster for Jamaica qualifiers

  1. Dakota Sillyman says:

    No Eric Lichaj? Oh well, still a good roster. Just wish Bradley wasn’t injured.

  2. Han Solo says:

    Gatt deserved the call.

  3. David says:

    Some reports are that Gatt had an injury today. Does he call in DaMarcus Beasley as a replacement or just go with 24? There’s not many wing players around like Gatt, Beasley, or Shea.

  4. chris says:

    Jose Torres? No Lichaj?

  5. Goalscorer24 says:

    Love that Gatt has been called in. Would still like to see Lichaj get his chance.

  6. David says:

    Agreed. Bradley is a tough guy to replace in this group.

  7. ryan says:

    no landon donovan?

  8. Jon says:

    Reading the sidebar and Ives’s Twitter comment that Gatt literally just came out of his game injured. FFS.

    We’ll see what we’ve got without two key cogs in Landon and Bradley. Expect Deuce won’t start with Klinsmann sure to question his fitness.

    Might have swapped out a name or two, but just at the fringes that probably wouldn’t see the field this trip anyway.

  9. 2tone says:

    Injured

  10. biff says:

    I love this roster! Absolutely love it. But who is the guy from Tottenham…

  11. AcidBurn says:

    Chandler sleeps with the fishes. He wasn’t called up by Germany, was he?

  12. AC says:

    Decent group but very defensive. Worried that the forwards will not get much service, especially, if Danny Williams is started and played out of position again on the wing.

  13. biff says:

    Here’s hoping that Clint can surpass this ex Tottenham player:

    Jurgen Klinsmann
    1994-95 – Tottenham – 41 appearances (21 goals)
    1997-98 – Tottenham – 15 appearances (9 goals)

  14. hogatroge says:

    Wow… for once, no reasonable complaints!

    Just a few comments:

    1. Beckerman has justified/earned this call up

    2. There’s no way Orozco-Fiscal doesn’t get called in after the game winner, and that’s okay IN LIGHT OF THE FACT that there are 2-3 extra spots on this roster

    3. Lichaj is a justifiable omission. He just got his first start today while, by all accounts, Parkhurst and Spector have both been tearing it up for their clubs. We’ve got RB backup.

    4. Really sucks that Gatt is injured right before his first A-Team callup. John O’Brien 2.0?

    5. Will Pontius be Gatt’s alternate?

  15. 2tone says:

    Josh Gatt just left Molde’s game with an injury. Don’t know severity, but I am guessing he won’t be in the squad.

    Really starting to think he is becoming injury prone.

    Overall I like the roster. Still would like to see Pontius brought in and Lichaj as well.

  16. biff says:

    No he wasn’t, but we don’t know yet whether Klinsmann invited him and he refused. In any case, this no doubt means that Timmy is out of the picture for good for the WC 2014 cycle.

  17. 2tone says:

    Thats not very deffensive he called in Gatt, Shea, Corona, and Zusi for attacking middies.

  18. Jeremy says:

    How about Pontius? I can’t for the life of me understand why he wasn’t in this group anyways. He’s had a fantastic season back and gives you versatility on the field as well.

  19. JR says:

    IDK why we’re calling in 4 goalkeepers.
    Orozco-Fiscal and Jose Torres should not be called in anymore.
    Onyewu for Orozco and Torres for ?
    I still haven’t seen enough from Zusi and Corona so i really don’t mind.
    Those are my thoughts

  20. 2tone says:

    I would say no. He is injured at the moment.

  21. Judging Amy says:

    The striker corps is looking nice indeed. To the point that a very solid MLS striker like Wondo doesn’t get a call up even on a 25 man squad. People’s thoughts on Boyd’s spot in the pecking order? Has he overtaken Gomez yet for that 3rd spot behind Clint and Jozy? Surely a matter of time the way he’s been playing.

  22. Jordan says:

    national team retirement…. are you kidding me…he has atleast one more world cup in him…..

  23. AC says:

    True, they are very attack minded and I like their inclusion, but do you think Gatt, Corona, or Zusi (even Shea), will get the start in a World Cup qualifier?

  24. cps says:

    Makes absolutely no sense. So disappointing.

  25. JRP says:

    You are insane if you don’t think he will be trying for Brazil.

  26. biff says:

    I see it that way also, and we cannot forget the DM Jermaine Jones scored an outstanding goal this weekend for Schalke worthy of an attacking midfielder.

  27. David says:

    Johnson and Rimando are tag-teaming as third goalkeeper. Johnson in Kingston and Rimando in Columbus.

  28. CCJC361 says:

    I doubt Gooch will be wearing the National jersey again. Ever since his injury at RFK in ’09, he has not been the same player.

  29. Zack says:

    Sean Johnson> Nick Rimando

  30. biff says:

    Very true what you say about Lichaj, GW convinved me on the that in his comment on on the Sunday Commentary thread. He needs to solidify his starting slot, plus Aston Villa is looking very shaky at the bottom of the table and players need their energy to stay afloat in the top league. When the time is right, Klinsmann will no doubt bring him in.

  31. Randy says:

    Is Castillo injured. I thought he might have gotten a spot

  32. Bob says:

    Bedoya for Gatt? Just to get a look…

  33. Call Up Lichaj says:

    Lichaj has started the last two and played in the last three. The only game in which he played no part was the opening game.

    Time to stop making excuses based around the club. If JK wanted him at all, we would get these call-ups.

  34. CCJC361 says:

    So much for Gatt. I understand that he’s a solid player w/ speed, but he really is injury prone. Didn’t he just come back from an injury 1-2 weeks ago. One of the posters here got it right……. John O’ Brian v2.0. Here’s hoping that Gyau turns out differently.

  35. Call Up Lichaj says:

    Done paying attention to these non-sensical rosters. I’m just going to watch the games and be surprised at who’s there from now on.

  36. biff says:

    We beat Mexico in Mexico City without him three weeks ago for the first time ever. We have a a lot of very good midfielders. We’ll be okay without him.

  37. Call Up Lichaj says:

    *he

    And before someone pounces on my numbers…one of those games was a non-EPL match.

  38. 2tone says:

    Yep, it’s safe to say that USMNT supporters should be worried about Josh Gatt’s continued muscle tear injuries to his legs. His game is built on speed.

  39. Swissy says:

    What does klinnsman have against Eric Lichaj… Wtf

  40. biff says:

    ha-ha. that is actually kind of an intriguing idea, just ignore it until game time and let it be a big surprise and enjoy the game.

  41. Old School says:

    More importantly…No Chandler.

    Happy!

  42. 2tone says:

    I would say that he needs to go see a specialist about his hamstring and thigh issues.

    I wonder if Pontius gets the nod now.

  43. Agree. I’d say Eric Lichaj over Spector. On the other hand, the player pool is looking deeper these days and that makes me happy.

  44. Mike says:

    e just freaking started for the first time today in league play.

  45. Confused says:

    Huh? I thought Bolton’s website said Tim Ream was getting a callup?

  46. Seriously says:

    His loss. We are fine without him. Other options have sprung up. I’m finally seeing some decent quality depth across our roster.

  47. momo says:

    Terrance boyd had a brace today!

  48. Call Up Lichaj says:

    Again, false. He has started AV’s last two games and played in its last three. Thus, he has played in 3 of AV’s 4 games and has gone all 90 minutes in 2 of them.

    Look at Guzan for a direct club comparison, and look at some other precedents. If JK liked him at all, he’d be here.

  49. USAStriker says:

    The fact is all the argument is about the bench players, i think it’s 75% -85% certain who will be starting right. More so if Donovan and Bradley were healthy.

    Here’s what i think we will see:

    Howard

    Cherundalo – Bocanegra – Cameron – Johnson

    Williams – Jones – Edu – Shea

    Boyd – Gomez

    I feel like Dempsey won’t start unless he is 100% game fit.
    I’d like to see Corona start instead of Williams, but i think JK has more faith in Williams. Same reason I think Boyd will start instead of Altidore.

    I’d love to see Boyd and Altidore up top with Dempsey and Gomez on the wings. Now THAT would be an attacking squad

  50. Mike says:

    Not false. Today was his first league start.

  51. Juan says:

    Maybe he saw him play in the Gold cup last year?

  52. Call Up Lichaj says:

    I truly do not believe the idea that JK will ever say no to Chandler. Like many coaches, JK has players he likes and players he doesn’t. He clearly likes Chandler a lot. I won’t be surprised at all to see him back in the NT setup in 2013.

  53. mcfly says:

    Really wanted to see gatt….. Maybe he cant stay healthy.. As a Chicago Bears fan it reminds me of a guy named Mike Brown…Bunch of talent but couldnt stay on the field long enough to realize it

  54. Thomas says:

    Jermaine Jones for captain.

  55. JR says:

    and kljestan….

  56. DCUnitedWillRiseAgain says:

    Klejstan? One of only 3 US players in the Champions League? Anyone?

    Klejstan > Danny Williams
    Lichaj > Spector

  57. Clayton says:

    You don’t think Jozy starts?

  58. Pete says:

    Now Gatt is hurt, please call Bedoya or Adu

  59. Greg says:

    so in Sept 2012, you say he’s done for the next 2 years? Things change ya know..pump the brakes bud.

    Maybe he is done, but lets wait and see..regardless of our personal feelings about it, he’s still a heck of a player who helps us.

    either way, i’m excited for these games.

  60. mcfly says:

    Naw danny can play….. But hes no winger… I say try him at center back

  61. nathan says:

    Sure, but we’ve also seen plenty of efforts from Jones that are certainly more fitting of a defensive midfielder, as well.

  62. ACS says:

    Stop putting Williams on the wing, he is a CM, or on the back line, he should never be on the wings.

  63. andrew in tally says:

    no way Boyd starts ahead of Jozy. We could see Jozy or Gomez start up top alone with 5 midfielders.
    the first half front five could look like this.
    Edu Jones
    Shea, Torres and Williams
    Altidore

    If Dempsey is anywhere near fit and we need a goal we will see him in the second half.

  64. Swissy says:

    I thought Lichaj played well in the Gold Cup…

  65. 2ndsnares says:

    kljestan + davis

    really would love to see davis serving gomez / altidore / boyd

    pontius would be a nice addition but that would shatter any hope of DCU making the playoffs…again

  66. We were mostly outplayed by Mexico and were fortunate to win. We NEED Bradley to be at our best. No other player in the USMNT pool does the things he does.

  67. ACS says:

    Shoot Gatt could have gotten that start at RM, would have like to have seen this…

    Cherundolo-Bocanegra-Cameron-Johnson
    ——Williams—Jones——–
    Gatt—–Dempsey——–Shea
    ———–Altidore———–

  68. No Torres makes great sense. He was terrible against Mexico and has never been a difference-maker for the USMNT.

  69. Call Up Lichaj says:

    JK has his own stubborn ideas about what works, and no one can tell him otherwise. Clearly he thinks Williams can contribute on the wing, Altidore doesn’t deserve to start, Lichaj doesn’t deserve even a chance, and Torres has something to offer. (I think all of those are 100% wrong, for the record.)

  70. hogatroge says:

    Lichaj is faster than Spector, but better is definitely NOT a given.

  71. Michael Stypulkoski says:

    He’s twenty-one f’ing years old. Settle down.

  72. ACS says:

    Where’s the Beas?

  73. Clayton says:

    That’s six players

  74. Absolutely not. What a ridiculous question.

  75. biff says:

    Anything is possible, but I don’t see it. I have no way of knowing for sure, but I would not be surprised if Timmy is not very popular among USMNT squad members now and, if that is correct, Klinsmann is smart enough not to bring the guy back in and rock the boat. And, quite frankly, I would not be surprised if Klinsmann has uttered a few strong swear words and called Timmy some bad names (under his breath, of course :-)

  76. Pete says:

    Klejstan actually plays Bradleys role for Andelecht. Bedoya would be nice, Gomez has great work rate and I wouldnt mind him on a wing

  77. hogatroge says:

    If you don’t want to be fact-checked, try not to be so snotty in your replies.

    Tranmere Rovers aren’t exactly top-class opposition.

    In terms of league games, today was Lichaj’s first start, and the roster was likely decided days ago. That would put Lichaj at 0 league starts for the season at the time of roster construction.

  78. The Imperative Voice says:

    Given Richards and Mattocks I’d like to see more team speed. We sometimes underestimate the degree of athleticism needed to beat teams like Panama or Jamaica.

    Spector and Parkhurst are overrated, slow players who would get eaten alive by the players I just mentioned. I don’t like them for us in general and given their roster look like matchup liabilities. I’d prefer to see Lichaj or someone more athletic even at their level of the bench.

    I was impressed by Salcedo from Tijuana. Send Guzan and Johnson back, bring in Salcedo, and keep the rest.

  79. Swissy says:

    WE would be fine without Chandler also. Id be happy with Fabian Johnson and Eric Lichaj in a couple of years. Dont know if Klinnsman would agree b/c he keeps on excluding Lichaj…

  80. God no. What a terrible, terrible idea. The captain of this squad is Boca.

  81. He is NOT a centerback.

  82. hogatroge says:

    Gomez ought to be deployed as a winger, IMO. He played there some for Santos in the CCL last year, and all 3 of our other strikers hold the ball up better.

    Seems funny that Gomez can play that role and JK still wanted to deploy Williams as the RW.

  83. Weaksauce says:

    These rosters are starting to get worst.

    I would have called up Mikkel Diskerud and John Anthony Brooks to get them cap-tied

    Still no new on Seb Hines or Chandler ?

  84. Call Up Lichaj says:

    Guzan meets those same criteria. Does anyone seriously believe this is not about JK’s personal preference?

  85. 2tone says:

    Why would that shatter any hope of DCU making the playoffs?

    This is FIFA sanctioned dates which menas MLS is off for two weeks. the last day MLS teams play is Wednesday. DCU doesn’t play again until the 15th of September.

  86. hogatroge says:

    This is the 3rd or 4th injury of 2012 that has caused Gatt to miss playing time for club & country, and we’re only 3/4 of the way through the year.

    If he’s having these kind of issues at 21, I think worry is more than justified. “Settle down” does not apply. This could actually be a serious issue for one of the most promising young US players.

  87. Call Up Lichaj says:

    By the way, hogatroge, that was a general remark aimed at all the Lichaj-club speculation. Yours just happened to be the top post on this thread. Cheers!

  88. hogatroge says:

    Nonsensical roster(s)?

    How about nonsensical comments?

    Name one player who doesn’t deserve to be on this roster. Ok… I’ll give you Danny Williams, but name another.

  89. GW says:

    CUL,

    It is not about the club’s welfare it’s about Lichaj’s welfare. You are only interested in seeing your guy play not his long term future.

    Lambert, Lichaj’s manager, is known to be very conservative. If Lichaj does not win him over now, I would be worried for Eric’s long term prospects at Villa.

    Lichaj has so far failed to convince O’Neill, Houllier, and McLeish that he is full time material. They aren’t all stupid anti americans. And I doubt Lambert is.

    You only get so many chances to convince people you are starter material before they label you a utility, part time guy and/or expendable (see Adu, Freddy).

    US fans think Lichaj is the greatest thing since sliced bread but the perception of the guys who will pay him to play is what matters.

    You should give JK a little credit for understanding how a soccer career works.

  90. Swissy says:

    has klinnsman ever gone with 2 true strikers in the starting lineup. I dont really know why he doesnt…

  91. Swissy says:

    bahahaha… he would just give the captain band to someone else after he gets red carded

  92. 2tone says:

    I don’t even know where to start with this comment.

    First, it’s not Salcedo it’s Saucedo.
    Second, It’s not clear he even is a U.S. citizen.
    Third, Guzan starts in the premier league.
    Lastly, There is more than enough team speed to shut dowm Jamaica. I remember people like you saying the exact same thing whhen the U.S. and Jamaica played in the Gold Cup. Here is a reminder. Passing and moving prevented Jamaica from doing what they do best counter-attack soccer. Not only that I highly doubt either Spector or Parkhurst starts against Jamaica.

  93. Call Up Lichaj says:

    Sometimes making pro-Kljestan comments on SBI seems to be the equivalent of massacring a box of puppies. Other times people let it slide.

    I happen to like Kljestan. Just an observation.

  94. Swissy says:

    what does this have to do with his current play?… for now, Lichaj is playing well enough to deserve a roster spot over others on this US roster

  95. biff says:

    Yeah, bro’, that’s what I said. Chandler lied to Klinsmann, lied to his teammates and lied to the fans when promised that he was committed to the US shirt and had no desire to play for Jogi Low and Germany. I imagine that Klinsmann and his teammates and most fans could have forgiven had Timmy come back for Jamaica and cap-tied to the USMNT. But he didn’t, and my feeling is that Klinsmann is done with him for this cycle.

  96. 2tone says:

    Here is what we will probably see as a starting 11.

    ————-Howard———–
    Dolo—–Cam———-Boca——-Johnson—-
    ——–B-man———–Jones————
    —————-Dempsey——————–
    Gomez————Altidore—————-Shea—

  97. Mikeys says:

    Omar Gonzalez?

  98. Call Up Lichaj says:

    Plenty of controversy on here, like with every roster announcement…just read the board.

    You actually named a guy who hasn’t gotten much of it.

  99. biff says:

    Maybe he will be Gatt’s replacement?

  100. CCJC361 says:

    This was the point I was trying to make. Thank you hogatroge for putting in terms Michael could understand. I know he’s 21, but if he’s having these issues at 21, what’s going to happen when he’s older????

  101. GW says:

    When JK deploys Williams nominally on the right side of midfield,he asks him to do different things than he would ask Gomez, Zusi or someone like that to do.

    You will probably see Williams there again as he did what he was supposed to do in the Italy game, prevent the US from getting overrun in midfield and then provide another good outlet for a burdened defense, helping them avoid having to make long clearances.

    In NFL terms it’s like putting out 6 DB’s on third down.

  102. CCJC361 says:

    I think most of us would agree that at this point, Jozy is a better player than Boyd. However, when it comes to working hard on every play, following every play, pushing forward and fighting for every ball, Boyd and Herc have Jozy beat.

  103. GW says:

    He is the classic “sprinter with the tight hammies”.

    It was a big deal for Michael Owen when he was about the same age.

    And yes, it is something Molde/US fitness people really need to address. I’m sure Ole Gunnar is very concerned about it.

  104. Amru says:

    ——–Howard——
    Dolo–Boca–Cameron–Johnson—
    ——Williams—Jones——-
    Gomez—–Torres——Shea
    ———Jozy———

    This is what I expect to see, though I would not be surprised to see beckerman in for williams and dempsey in for shea depending on how fit he is.

  105. josh says:

    Is that Seb Hines a joke? Dude is NEVER going to play for us. Let’s all move on together in happiness.

  106. GW says:

    You are too late.

    JJ captained the US earlier this year in the two Camp Cupcake games against Venezuela and, I think, Honduras. He did a great job too.

  107. Goalscorer24 says:

    Lichaj got the start for Aston Villa recent game. Hopefully Klinsmann is just letting him get established to be a starter with Aston Villa before he calls him in.

  108. Call Up Lichaj says:

    Not saying you’re wrong, but I think a lot of people still rely on old conventional knowledge about Jozy. He has hugely matured as a player the last couple years. Plus, we have not seen as much of him during JK’s tenure.

  109. jones says:

    well, he looked mediocre today, though he was no worse than the other Villa defenders.

    I too believe he should have at least been called in, but I hope he steps up his game.

  110. jones says:

    Nice analysis.

    As I said before, Williams is a good role-player who rarely stands out but has been very dependable.

  111. GW says:

    Dolo and Johnson will start and ,hopefully, go 90 both games.

    The US does not need him.

    The Guardian gave Lichaj a 6.4 ranking, second worst of all the Villa players. This is not good. He obviously has work to do.

    Of course since the transfer window is now closed, Eric has a little less to worry about.

  112. Kent says:

    Once you injure a hammy, it’s never the same. Kinda explains why Gatt’s pretty much injury-prone.

  113. jones says:

    I miss Bedoya – so much potential but needs regular playing time. Hope he shines at the new club.

  114. Roger says:

    Thank god, it’s qualifiers. We have crappy backup midfielders.

  115. GW says:

    Swissy,

    By the way just to be clear, I think Lichaj is currently fighting for his Villa life.

    If he loses that battle who knows where he goes afterwards? Long term that is bad for the USMNT and short term, they don’t need him to beat Jamaica in either game.

    That is my guess. Now maybe JK does just not think much of him in which case I’m wrong but Lichaj is still not on the roster, regardless.

  116. momo says:

    highlights of boyd’s brace

    link to youtube.com

  117. hogatroge says:

    JJ doesn’t get RCs for the USMNT.

  118. kevin says:

    +1 100% agree

  119. The Imperative Voice says:

    Yes, my misspelling of a GK’s name is discrediting. “You don’t know where to begin,” with that? How about with nitpicking.

    Saucedo has an American citizen mother I thought. If we can manage with random Germans I think an immigration lawyer can get a NT candidate to a passport.

    Saucedo looked GOOOOOOOOOD. Got post to post to beat American with plucky little Tijuana.

    Guzan started….yesterday. You wanna act like that makes him some constant EPL starter, whatever, it’s your credibility and trustworthiness. I think that moves him to double digits in what, 4-5 years in Villa? Massively overrated.

    Go back to the last friendly before the 06 World Cup vs. Jamaica, or the first Panama game at Gold Cup, for what happens when we go technical versus speed.

    People don’t realize what Donovan and Dempsey and others like them offer to us simply in terms of nullifying opposing speed. I’m a little worried the mids are either DM-types or technical types. What if someone needs to stay with Richards?

    I also think Spector and Parkhurst can’t stay with Jamaica’s level of speed so they are a waste. They’re overrated as-is but like I said, they’re dribbling cones for Jamaica. I don’t expect to see them start either but so what, knowing full well what they plan on bringing I want a bench that matches up well and not a fanboy all-star team.

  120. Benny says:

    yeah, that’s why Mexico only has 3 shots on goal the whole entire game.

  121. Paul Dickov says:

    No Bedoya and Lichaj makes me a sad, sad panda….

  122. Dimidri says:

    Nick Rimando isn’t that good. He’s fine, but messes up a lot and over-exaggerates a lot of saves because of his small size. I get he has cult following in Salt Lake, but there are so many dudes better than him in MLS-

    Dan Kennedy
    Andy Greunabaum (sp)
    Sean Johnson
    Kevin Hartman
    Jon Busch
    Matt Pickens

    I get the last 4 are not for sure, though I think based on current season form it’s pretty clear, and that Greunabaum hasn’t been doing it for that long, but Dan Kennedy’s omission is just shocking. He’s miles beyond Rimando.

  123. USAmr says:

    How’d that work out for the olympics?

  124. dan says:

    Good roster. Only quip I have is small- Lichaj should be there IMO.

    But considering that JK has probably forgotten more than everyone commenting on this story has cumulatively learned about the sport, I trust the guy.

  125. Dimidri says:

    Re: Omissions-

    Ream-I guess he hasn’t played well this year, last year I thought he was solid and improved measurably after Klinsmann stopped calling him up…weird he was reported to be on the team earlier and now isn’t…

    Lichaj-On a squad without Castillo, him not even making it is shocking-has to be a club thing to let him settle in there.

    Dan Kennedy-I know it’s nitpicking talking about a third keeper, but he’s earned it the past two years. Seems like Rimando is really well liked, maybe Klinnsy likes what he brings chemistry wise from a player who won’t play either way.

    Sacha-surprised he wasn’t called in to play more of a d-mid role, he’s pretty good there.

    Benny-I think he’d be great here, he’s nearly leading the league in chances created,his skill set is too unique not to have him.

  126. SonicDeathMonkey says:

    Yeah, I’m sure JK must of forgotten about him.

  127. Tottehamerican says:

    I am not sure if JK would use this kind of formation, and I agree that Dempsey probably won’t start, having not played recently.

    However, I would like to see a 4-2-3-1:

    Cherundolo-Bocanegra-Cameron-Johnson
    Edu-Jones
    Shea-Dempsey-Gomez
    Altidore

  128. bryan says:

    Yes. SBI has repeated he is injured

  129. bryan says:

    You are annoying!

  130. SonicDeathMonkey says:

    Hes played more this year than Dempsey. Just sayin.

  131. Michael Bradley's Hair says:

    Adu?? This is not the Paralympics

  132. SonicDeathMonkey says:

    The fact that you have suggested Adu should earn you a 3 month ban from this site. What a ridiculous idea.

  133. Is that the way you view the game? Entirely through shots? Because I watched the game and it was clear (to anyone who watched) that we spent the majority of the match on our heels. Dig a little deeper.

  134. Captaining the squad then and during WC qualifiers is an entirely different universe. ENTIRELY different.

  135. bryan says:

    Not really a surprising roster. And everyone freaking out about Lichaj need to chill out. He probably deserves to be there but he isn’t going to make or break anything. He needs CONSISTENT playing time.

    I think it’s pretty obvious who is going to start. Count me as one who questions calling in four keepers though. I wonder if they plan to replace Gatt. We could use another winger. Beasley or Bedoya would be my selection.

  136. atd says:

    Did you see the Ecuador game last fall?

  137. Benny says:

    I also view the game this way: The USA was really never in danger of getting score on…and it was US’s B side.

  138. FSegaud says:

    We beat Mexico several weeks ago…hmm…so did the Olympic team!

  139. atd says:

    +1. Major (if misunderstood) contributions in the Italy and Mexico games.

  140. atd says:

    On present form:

    1. Kennedy
    2. Hall
    3. Gruenebaum
    4. Hamid
    5. Perkins
    6. Rimando.

    But for Nats duty I’d still take Rimando. He knows the players, and experience does help.

  141. Dimidri says:

    Johnson’s past 5 games are above Perkin’s and Rimando’s and Hamid’s. I’d put Gruenebam above Hall.

  142. atd says:

    Just once that I can remember, when they played that diamond midfield with Bradley on the right in Slovenia. Wouldn’t be completely surprised if it happened again now that Jozy’s fit enough to start.

  143. atd says:

    Agree — but faster is not completely immaterial against Jamaica.

    The main knock against Spector is that he gets beaten for pace all the freakin’ time. When he plays against less athletic sides he generally does fine.

  144. B says:

    I’d wager that Beckerman gets the start over Edu. Beckerman has been in great form recently for RSL, he had a great game against Mexico, and Edu is still transitioning to Stoke so he hasn’t been getting regular minutes lately.

  145. fortunate only says:

    Agreed.

    If there is one thing to take away from friendlies regarding Mexico is that, under de la Torre and Tena, they often don’t play 100%. That is not to say the win was undeserved because frankly, the team that scores always wins but in this instance, it is better to take that result with a grain of salt.

    The roster is really good I think and we will be able to see what we can do without Donovan and Bradley. The f

  146. B says:

    I think you might be right. I’d like to see this line up as well, so I hope you’re right.

  147. Joe+G says:

    If having an American citizen parent automatically makes you a US passport holder, then we had better see where Dan Potts can fit on the roster. Lots of speculation, but no sign of a passport…

    It depends on how long his mother lived in the US and at what ages.

  148. ACS says:

    Lichaj will probably be there in October if he is still starting for AV. Have Lichaj at LB and Johnson at LM(Which I think is his preferred position, I may be wrong).

  149. Mingjai says:

    US Soccer reporting NO REPLACEMENT will be added in place of injured Gatt. Hope that’s just their Twitter intern talking out of his shorts…

    link to twitter.com

  150. JD in FL says:

    Williams on the right MF and Johnson at LB give us sufficient speed to contend with Jamaica on the wings. Boyd, Altidore, and Dempsey, IMO give us enough firepower up front. Despite our play in Mexico, central midfield is what concerns me.

  151. pancholama says:

    Not true – against Costa Rica, in our final WC qualifier for 2012, he came in as a sub, and basically sparked the rally that wound up with us tying the game in the last 30 seconds of injury time.

    When he is on his game – he is a decent distributing midfielder / holding mid. He dribbles well. He has a good vision of the whole field, plays dead balls very well, and has a good “bender” on free kicks in range of goal.

    He is a decent footballer – I think he just hasn’t quite found his role in the Klinsman system yet – but I think he will continue to improve and be a valuable addition to the USMNT.

  152. pancholama says:

    Pontius, or Diskerud. Why not Kljestan?

  153. pancholama says:

    Love it that both Altidore and Boyd are scoring, and that Dempsey is getting a chance to work his way back into game fitness with this call up – and about Hercules Gomez, what’s not to love?

    Solid striker core for the Jamaica qualifiers!

  154. PD says:

    you and I were watching very different matches. When Tim Howard is the difference between a Win and a 2-1 defeat, you can’t say Mexico was toothless.

  155. PD says:

    never say never, man.

  156. PD says:

    “You only get so many chances to convince people you are starter material before they label you a utility, part time guy and/or expendable…”

    Funny it seems like that is all Specter ever seems to be considered as, and yet he still gets called up.

  157. PD says:

    you know, every season has the MLS greatest keeper du jour hoo-hah. But Rimando still has them all beat in terms of experience, consistent excellence and organization/leadership. heck if Matt Reis were on a better club I’d put him up there, too for the very same reasons.

    Not saying the other players aren’t top rate, but if you’re not an international, experience is gonna trump hot form.

  158. PD says:

    Against Mexico and Italy, sure that’s where JK wants him. I’m curious to see if he has other ideas about where he plays against a foe like Jamaica.

  159. PD says:

    Edu is listed as a defender. I think we see the Edu as CB conversion continuing.

  160. Jeff says:

    Bradley may have had his “favorites” and it’s becoming apparent that Kljestan does too. I’ll pay attention to his selections when be Beckerman, corona, Williams and/or Torres aren’t included

  161. Jeff says:

    Kljestan= Klinsmann

  162. Rags from DC says:

    Lando and Bradley hurt…makes me nervous. Wish DMB was called in, we could use some pace off the bench against Jamaica. Glad Shea is called back in.

    Orozco Fiscal back in the mix? I know he scored the goal at Azteca – but I’ve never been overly impressed with him.

  163. Bloody Mary says:

    Estoy muy confundido
    No recuerdo la marca del partido de los estados unidos contra México…
    Gano México……?????
    Oh no gano EEUU.
    Usa frijoleros…..gano el mf’n USA
    Toooooommmmaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!
    Usa usa usa

  164. hogatroge says:

    I agree with you about Torres and Williams, though I’m not too upset since the roster is extra-large this time.

    Beckerman, however, had a monumental performance against a Mexican mostly-A side a few weeks ago. I would say that merited his inclusion for the time being.

  165. Eurosnob says:

    Lichaj just got his first two starts for Aston Villa. Klinsmann is probably letting him win the starting job with the club, which is extremely important for Lichaj development.

  166. Beckster says:

    In all honesty, Spector has just completed just 2 full 90 minute games for BCFC after 6 months of being injured. However, in the matches played, the club spokesman said he has been the strongest player (although they have looked horrible so probably more of a “queen of the pigs” situation ) and he has played right back, left back and midfield. Spector’s versatility likely gives him the edge over Lichaj and I have no issue with that until such time as Lichaj proves himself in the EPL.

  167. Justin says:

    I expect to see something along the lines of:

    Dempsey—Altidore–Gomez–
    ———Torres————
    —–Jones—Beckerman—–
    Johnson-Boca-Cameron-’Dolo-
    ———Howard————

    If it were up to me, I’d switch Edu for Beckerman, Dempsey for Torres, and play Beasley up the left.

    Lichaj, Kljstan, and Mix – what did they do to piss off JK?

  168. Eurosnob says:

    There is one important difference with Guzan’s call up. Tim Howard is the undisputed starter at Guzan’s position and barring an injury to the starter, Guzan is expected to play 0 minutes. However, Guzan is a regular back up at his club. Every week he is on the game day roster, ready to step up at moments notice, if the starter goes down. He played this role well with his club and can do the same with his national team. Field players are a different story. A field player needs to be match fit and regular playing time with the club is critical. Speed, strength, endurance that you get in training does not compare with the speed, strength, endurance that a player gets by playing in games every week. Goalkeeper’s craft requires less in terms of endurance or pace, but but more of a mental readiness. Being a regular starter for the club is a big plus for a goalkeeper, but a good backup for a club can be a good back up for the national team. Guzan did well with both Villa and the USMNT when given opportunities.

  169. bottlcaps says:

    I honestly think LD will be sold to Everton at the end of the season. Won’t he be in the last year of his contract with the Galaxy? He has hinted at retirement as an option, but I feel he will be loaned and then sold to Everton. The Galaxy have a unique standing in the MLS as a team many of European stars would not mind playing for if the price is right. Consider Drogba disenchanted with China and RM offering up KAKA to man U, both players have expressed interest in playing in the MLS.

    Probably not gonna happen…but I can dream!

    Also Gatt out injured with a hamstring, I think JK should bring in MIX as he is playing well right now,

  170. beachbum says:

    what if either Dolo or Johnson picks up a knock, or a red in game 1? whoever the backup is is just a play away from the field

    Klinnsman likes the players he’s called in whether it’s Lichay or not for that scenario, and if he’d wanted Lichay he would have called him. He likes what he has instead, so no callup

    and Lichay’s scene at Villa plays a part, but bit it seems to me to the big picture that Klinnsman doesn’t want him right now nor has he wanted him…of course he should stay at club and improve both himself and his situation there

    which is fine

  171. beachbum says:

    +1
    he’s been with this team in this role and Coach appears to like him for it

  172. portlandtreatmentcenter says:

    3 shots that should have scored….all three courtesy of Cameron. just sayin

  173. Call Up Lichaj says:

    Good point. Cameron would have been a better example for me to raise…especially for the game against Mexico last month. That precedent really shoots to death a lot of the theories about Lichaj’s lack of a call-up.

  174. Call Up Lichaj says:

    Thanks.

    Cheers!

  175. beachbum says:

    it’s a good lineup but would think we see Beckerman destroy below Jones/Torres and Williams wide right instead of Gomez

    playing coach, I would switch only Benny for Paco player wise from your choices, and somone else right flank with Gomez off the bench

    good group of players tho

  176. bryan says:

    Howard
    Dolo, Cameron, Bocanegra, Johnson
    Jones, Beckerman, Corona
    Gomez, Jozy, Dempsey

    Given Dempseys situation, Shea could easily start. And obviously Williams or Torres could get the start over Corona. But personally, I think the above lineup would be solid. Maybe a little slow given we are playing Jamaica though.

  177. louis z says:

    we are already know what we can do without our top guys against a strong mexico side, true, they where all over us but our defense bended but never broke. Against Jamaica with a better players in all three groups (def. mids. forwards) we should be able to handle them, is not going to be easy but definitly we can win both games.

  178. Roy says:

    Retirement is possible. Brad Friedel retired before his supposed time.

  179. louis z says:

    if he is getting this type of injuries when he is 21, imagine him at 30. The kid is good it’s just his “shelf life” is a bit shorter than most players.

  180. louis z says:

    no way Dempsey starts. he hasn’t played and the away game is in Jamaica where is hot and humid, I don’t think 2 days of training in Miami will get him in shape in time. he will be our supersub for the Jamaica game but only if we ar tie or loosing. if we are wining, I don’t think we will see him in that game.

  181. louis z says:

    Jozy is so much better in the year. I think he should start but one can never tell what goes on JK’s head.

  182. Goalscorer24 says:

    Everybody was saying the same thing about Gomez at on point. Lichaj will get his chance if he continues to Play for his club team.

  183. tremendous says:

    At Home:

    Howard
    Dolo, Cameron, Boca, Johnson
    Beckerman, Jones
    Gomez, Dempsey
    Boyd, Altidore

    One the Road

    Dolo, Cameron, Boca, Johnson
    Williams, Beckerman, Jones
    Gomez, Altidore, Shea

  184. So you found 30 good minutes? Congratulations. It’s a stretch, to say the least. He’s had FAR more bad moments than good ones in the USMNT. He certainly isn’t good enough to be an automatic selection. He’s no better than a sub; and pretty much meaningless when not playing well. Which is pretty much never.

  185. Chuck in Bham says:

    Spector can play both midfield and fullback. Much more versatile than Lijac. EJ will get his time. NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. Especially, if he keeps logging 90 min games.

  186. Goyim says:

    I’ve been waiting to see GATT get called in. I figured it wouldn’t be until the next extended “camp” the US nats have (January?). Pleasantly surprised he got the call.

    p.s. Hamstrings suck.

  187. VMan says:

    Gatt’s injury is such a bummer … I just hope Klinsmann doesn’t deploy Torres as a #10 the way he did against Mexico. Not his game at all. With Dempsey on the squad, perhaps that won’t happen … but how much can we expect out of Clint when he hasn’t played a competitive match in a while

  188. CplDaniel says:

    You know that USSoc has a sense of humor. Saw the news that Gatt was taken out w/ hamstring injury in today’s game as they were getting ready to release the roster…so they go back and put his name on it just to mess with us.

  189. GW says:

    Lichaj can play anywhere along the back line and anywhere in midfield.

    Lichaj has the edge physically at the moment in that he is faster and quicker, but Spector, who is equally versatile, has far greater experience.

  190. Brad says:

    Cameron also saved our a$$ 2 or 3 times… A well deserved call up again..

  191. Evan W says:

    Wow, you have missed quite a few of his games.

    In addition to the Costa Rica game, Torres was very good against Mexico last year.
    Against Belgium last year he was good.
    He had probably his best game against Turkey in 2010.
    He was one of the best players on the field against Scotland in June.

    Torres has shown plenty of skill in other games as well. He has vision and a touch that no one else on the US has other than maybe Dempsey. If you are too blind to see that, I don’t know what to tell you. Klinsmann has tried playing him in several different positions but never really the one he plays for Pachuca. Did you see his game last weekend for Pachuca against a strong Santos team? The annoucers were saying they thought he was man of the match. He has certainly been inconsistent at times for the US but he is still too young to take out of the National Team picture.

  192. GW says:

    I’d go further. Guzan can be and most likely will be better than Howard before too long.

  193. GW says:

    How many minutes did Spector play in the World Cup?

    How many minutes did he play in the Gold Cup?

  194. CplDaniel says:

    Lichaj just started today for Aston Villa’s 1st team…He is working to impress and show that he can be counted on next match too as a 1st team regukar. The US MNT is best served by helping Lichaj’s chance. When it is clear that he is either: A) Establish starter, or B)1st team back-up, then we can start messing with his schedule by bringing him in across the globe for a few days.

  195. GW says:

    That’s what Spector, Parkhurst and Cameron are for. All three can play wide if need be.

    It’s not ideal but that is why those guys are backup plans and the other guys are starters.

    You make up a roster expecting your starters to start and your backups to be good enough to cover in the unlikely event they are needed.

  196. CplDaniel says:

    (+1) Lichaj & Johnson

  197. GW says:

    You have a point but being a back up keeper for the national team is mostly mental.

    You could be sitting around forever and suddenly bam!, you’re out there.

    I know Nick will not be overwhelmed and will give a good account of himself. And he will be a good teammate over the course of the games/ tournament. It won’t be Solo vs, Scurry with Nick.

    Some of those other guys may be more talented keepers but Nick has it over all of them in terms of experience with the USMNT and that really matters.

  198. GW says:

    What do you have against puppies?

  199. GW says:

    Lambert, Villa’s new manager, brought in a new right back after he looked over the Villa squad.

    At the recent conclusion of the transfer window he brought in a new left back.

    Eric looks like he has a fight on his hands.

  200. Jim says:

    Why no Wondo? That’s a poor job picking the best.

  201. Jim says:

    Not including Wondo is a major mistake.

  202. Guy says:

    Sean Johnson> Nick Rimando….blindfolded.

    That’s the only way that equation works.

    There’s a reason why he’s always called up for USMNT games….because he’s consistently the best in the league. Plus he’s just a cool guy

  203. Colin says:

    Howard Guzan Reis
    Lichaj Williams Johnson Spector
    Cameron John Gonzalez DeMerit
    Jones Edu
    Dempsey Feilhaber Adu Diskerud Corona Gyau
    Boyd Agudelo Gomez Taylor

  204. dutchtwista says:

    if he’s getting starts and performing well for Malaga, he’s coming to Brazil. If not, Goodson, Ream or Edu benefit. Them’s the facts…

  205. Steve says:

    As far as I am concerned, Orozco-Fiscal gets at least three courtesy call-ups for his work in Mexico City.

  206. beachbum says:

    it’s not ideal…you said it

    Cameron, Parkhurst or Spector as an outside back for a WC qualifier does not compute. perhaps they will play well if called but I hope not

    I undersatnd how these lineups get composed buddy. Do you?

  207. beachbum says:

    “Against Mexico and Italy, sure that’s where JK wants him. I’m curious to see if he has other ideas about where he plays against a foe like Jamaica.”

    good call, altho at this point it seems Coach likes him wide right, period. we’ll see