Kljestan highlights USMNT 23-man roster

Pulisic USMNT

by JACK HAZZARD

Sacha Kljestan is getting another shot.

As the United States Men’s National Team prepares for a historical friendly match against Cuba, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has announced the country’s 23 players who will travel to Havana on October 7th.

Klinsmann’s roster contains a mixed bag of players, ranging from young European stars to Major League Soccer veterans. Notable exclusions from the roster include long-term goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Tim Howard as well as star American striker Clint Dempsey, who is currently undergoing treatment for an irregular heartbeat.

With past veterans remaining at home for this international break, it opens numerous spots for young and underrated Americans. Notable call-ups include Sunderland AFC midfielder Lynden Gooch, who has earned himself valuable playing time in the Premier League, and midfielder Danny Williams, who has acted as a club star for his in-form FL Championship side Reading FC. In addition, Bayern Munich midfielder/striker Julian Green will make his grand return to the U.S. roster after spending a few months away from the country’s senior squad.

Other notable returns to Klinsmann’s squad include Christian Pulisic and Sacha Kljestan, who shined together as a star duo in the United State’s final two World Cup Qualifying matches. In the country’s two matches, both electric midfielders grabbed themselves two goals each, assisting a few of the others along the way.

Here is the 23-man roster:

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)

DEFENDERS (7): Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Perry Kitchen (Hearts), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Danny Williams (Reading)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV)


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