CHICAGO - United States national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann revealed on Thursday a 26-player roster for a training camp in Cleveland prior to a stretch of five games in May and June.
The team will start gathering May 26 in Cleveland - site of a May 29 friendly against Belgium -- with players arriving at various times as they complete club commitments. Prior to three World Cup qualifiers, the Americans will meet Germany on June 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. then resumes CONCACAF Hexagonal play with three matches: away v Jamaica in Kingston (June 7); home v Panama in Seattle (June 11) and home v Honduras in Sandy, Utah (June 18).
"We are very excited about the group we have put together," said Klinsmann. "The players understand more how we're working, what we're looking for, the way we want to play and the way we want to challenge big nations eye-to-eye. As we go into this stretch of two friendly games against Belgium and Germany and three big World Cup Qualifiers, we want to see more consistent performances. There is a huge opportunity to pick up a lot of points and put ourselves in a good position to qualify for Brazil."
The U.S. selection is led by forward Clint Dempsey, who has a team-high seven goals in qualifying for Brazil 2014 - more than the rest of the team combined.
"Clint's role is very crucial to our group," commented Klinsmann. "The qualities he has automatically give him so much respect from everybody around him because he's an outstanding player, and he's a player that can play on the top level week in and week out."
Klinsmann also included forwards Herculez Gomez and Jozy Altidore in the squad. Gomez helped Mexico's Santos to a runner-up place in the CONCACAF Champions League for a second straight year this May and has nine all-time goals in the competition. This season, Altidore broke the record for most goals by an American in a single European campaign, netting 31 times for Holland's AZ Alkmaar (he broke the record set by Dempsey - 23 goals -- the previous year with Fulham).
"Herc (Herculez Gomez) is a unique player in terms of his work load, his positive attitude, his fighting spirit, and always being dangerous to score goals," Klinsmann added. "Jozy made another big step in his path and in his development. He comes off a season now where he's consistently been in the starting 11, where he obviously scored consistently, where he's getting used to proving himself week in and week out, and we're thrilled for that."
The U.S. has a 23-game (21 wins, 2 draws, 0 losses) unbeaten streak at home in World Cup qualifying.
Training Camp starting on May 26, 2013
GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton/England), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby/Denmark), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/Germany), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg/Germany)
MIDFIELDERS: Michael Bradley (Roma/Italy), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor/Turkey), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers/England), Jermaine Jones (Schalke/Germany), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht/Belgium), Brek Shea (Stoke City/England), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim/Germany), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar/Holland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna/Austria), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur/England), Herculez Gomez (Santos/Mexico), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)