Klinsmann Names Roster for Peru, Brazil Friendlies; Mix Makes Cut

Jurgen Klinsmann Smiles

by Deny Gallagher

On Sunday, Jurgen Klinsmann unveiled his 23-man roster for the upcoming friendlies against Peru and Brazil — and New York City FC’s enigmatic Mix Diskerud made the cut.

Despite having a difficult season with the expansion side, Diskerud continues to get the call from Klinsmann. On the other side of the river, Dax McCarty and Sacha Kljestan failed to earn the call.

The U.S. will be without Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey who will both be staying with their clubs for the Sounders/Toronto FC matchup on September 5th. Last week the Toronto Sun reported that Michael Bradley would stay with TFC when they travel to Seattle to take on the Sounders instead of playing for the US against Peru. These reports were confirmed on Friday when the midfielder went on TSN 1050 and put the speculation to rest.

“I’ll be with Toronto FC in Seattle,” said Bradley. “There was some discussions between everyone at U.S. Soccer and everyone at Toronto FC, going back a few months to when we played those friendlies in June. There was agreement that for this game in Seattle that I’d be able to stay with Toronto FC and then afterwards, if Jurgen would like, then I’ll join up with the team in Boston for the game against Brazil.”

Without Bradley in the fold, the likes of Joe Corona and Danny Williams may see extend minutes in the next two games.

On the attacking end of thing, the United States have called in Bobby Wood and Andrew Wooten. Wood had an impressive run during the European friendlies this summer scoring the game winner against the Netherlands, followed by a tally against against Germany.

Wooten is a name that may be unfamiliar to American soccer fans. The German-American is getting his first call up to the U.S. National Team after scoring five goals in the first five games of the 2 Bundesliga season with SV Sandhausen.

This camp will be a big opportunity for a lot of players, but in particular Jozy Altidore who was infamously dropped from the Gold Cup squad before the knockout rounds. With no Dempsey or Bradley, Jozy will be forced into a leadership role both on and off the field. If the striker hopes to be called in for the Confederations Cup playoff, a stronger showing in these friendlies is vital.

“The bigger picture is to get some answers for how we put things together for the Mexico game a month from now,” said manager Jurgen Klinsmann. “Obviously we want to continue to have a good flow of guys from the Gold Cup, but also to bring back guys who are in position to compete for a spot on the roster for Oct. 10. Our message to these guys is simple: prove a point that you want to be at the Rose Bowl.”

One of those players looking to compete for a roster spot is Tim Howard who was officially called back into camp for the first time in over a year. The goalkeeper who is in fine form with Everton, will look to win back the job he held for years. That task is easier said than done, as Brad Guzan has been terrific in Howard’s absence.

With a lot of questions and uncertainty surrounding the national team, these two matches look to be telling. The United States is set to take on Peru on September 4th at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.

U.S. Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)

DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Greg Garza (Atlas), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Veracruz), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)