Whether players were included or excluded, there is plenty to talk about when analyzing Jurgen Klinsmann’s first 22 man roster as the U.S. head coach.
Klinsmann, a native German but an American resident for over 15 years, has dipped his hand heavily into the America’s, while keeping many stalwart European pieces in place to keep things competitive for the big August 10th showdown against Mexico. In total, seven MLS players have received a call, including Landon Donovan, Tim Ream, Heath Pearce, Kyle Beckerman, Brek Shea, Juan Agudelo and DC United keeper Bill Hamid, who will be enjoying his first international call up.
Keeping true to his word, Klinsmann has also looked towards Mexico to find players (not named Jonathan Bornstein) to feature for his side as well. They include many pieces who were long assumed vanquished, including Edgar Castillo, Jose Torres, Michael Orozco Fiscal and DeMarcus Beasley, who hasn’t received a cap since the United State’s memorable victory against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup.
Of course, European based regulars like Carlos Bocanegra, Tim Howard, Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley continue their duties with the team, but long time regulars like Jozy Altidore, Oguchi Onyewu, Benny Feilhaber, Clint Dempsey and Brad Guzan were left off the roster. With the world’s football season’s ready to kick off soon, the exclusions are not a surprise, but it is not clear whether they were left off due to choice or circumstance.
As for the included, Klinsmann has selected various players who weren’t the right fit under Bob Bradley’s rigid system. An attacker by trade, Klinsmann made it very clear during his press conference that he wants to nurture the countries youth by establishing a flowing system based on the kind of attractive football American’s want to see. In doing so, he will be relying heavily on the likes of Juan Agudelo and Freddy Adu, to open up the game in a way that will emphasize freedom and creativity.
To be able to do that, he will count on Tim Howard’s steady play and Carlos Bocanegra’s leadership to further nurture the next generation of defensive standouts. Newly named captain of the Brondby, Clarence Goodson, Chivas USA stand out Heath Pearce, and Nurnberg dynamo Timothy Chandler highlight a youthful back line pool that also includes Red Bull Tim Ream, and the aforementioned Castillo and Fiscal duo. Hardnosed midfielders like Kyle Beckerman, the returning Ricardo Clark, and Maurice Edu may be relied upon to further sandwich and enforce the baby-backlines as Klinsmann molds this side into his own.
Klinsmann’s front line attackers are a mix of youth and experience, with a single common denominator; speed. Landon Donovan highlight’s this five man pool that includes Juan Agudelo, Freddy Adu, Edson Buddle and DaMarcus Beasley.
Here is a look at the roster in it’s entirety:
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), Jose 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)
In total, the lineup selection does stay true to Klinsmann’s desire of molding a youthful side to reflect an American style without disregarding the accomplishment’s of the previous regime. His twenty two are littered with gritty blue collar work horses, reliable veterans and free roaming youngsters who he hopes will create the building block’s for the systematic transformation of American soccer he seeks. Mexico will be his first test.
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