Shane O'Neill (left), a U.S. under-20 standout in 2013, was called up to the senior squad for a January 6-February 1, 2014, training camp. (Photo: Mexsport)
CHICAGO – United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann called in 26 players Friday for his first FIFA World Cup preparation camp of 2014.
The camp, which runs January 6-February 1, will be conducted on two continents. After six days in Carson, California, a 23-player group will travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil, from January 13-25 for a dry run ahead of this summer’s tournament. The team will then return to Carson and prepare for a February 1 friendly against Korea Republic at StubHub Center.
The roster contains 10 competitors from the successful 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, as well as nine others looking to earn their first international caps.
“We are all very excited for this camp because, as a team, it will give us our first taste of Brazil,” said Klinsmann. “This is a very important camp in our preparations for the World Cup. It’s important for the players to continue developing their bond and sense of urgency for the tournament. It’s important for us to see how they do in Brazil, how the new players fit with the group and to make sure everyone is focused on reaching the highest level for next summer.”
Forward Landon Donovan, who won the Golden Ball at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, is the most veteran player in the squad with 154 caps. After the 32-year-old LA Galaxy star, D.C. United’s Eddie Johnson is the most experienced with 61 career caps and 19 goals.
Also earning roster places are Luis Gil, Shane O’Neill and DeAndre Yedlin, who were all members of the 2013 U.S. U-20 World Cup team. During the tournament in Turkey, Gil scored against Spain and O’Neill against Ghana.
Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee, Major League Soccer’s MVP in 2013, was given an opportunity to win his first cap at 29-years-old.
UNITED STATES ROSTER
(Training Camp: January 6-February 1, 2014, & Friendly: February 1, 2014, home v Korea Republic)
GOALKEEPERS: Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids), Chance Myers (Sporting Kansas City), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Seth Sinovic (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
MIDFIELDERS: Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/Norway), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)