Klinsmann names USMNT roster for first training camp of 2015
U.S. men’s national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named the 28 players who will participate in the team's first training camp of 2015.
The camp will run from Jan. 12 to Feb. 8 and will be held in two continents. The USMNT will spend 12 days in Carson, Calif., before heading to Santiago in Chile for training from Jan. 25-29.
It will all lead up to the U.S.'s first friendly of the year, a Jan. 28 matchup against Chile in Rancagua. On Feb. 8, the USMNT will take on Panama in a friendly at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Seven members of the roster were also a part of the team that reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, including Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones.
"The prize in 2015 for the senior National Team is the Gold Cup, and this camp will give a lot of our players a chance to kick start their preparations for an important year," Klinsmann said. "We also get an opportunity to introduce the next wave of young players into the program, and in particular work with many of our Olympic-age guys as they build toward qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio."
The full roster is below:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alex Bono (unattached), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (out of contract), Dennis Flores (Club Leon), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
FORWARDS (6): Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julio Morales (Tepic), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
- Molly Geary