Michael Bradley (#4) was named to the United States' roster for a March 5, 2014, friendly against Ukraine in Larnaca, Cyprus. (Photo: Mexsport)
CHICAGO – United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 24 players for a training camp ahead of his team’s March 5 friendly against Ukraine in Larnaca, Cyprus.
The match was to be played in Kharkiv, Ukraine, but the location was changed due to current conditions in the country.
“In conjunction with the Football Federation of Ukraine, we have moved the match on March 5 to Larnaca, Cyprus,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati in a press release on Thursday. “We appreciate the efforts of Ukraine and the Cyprus Football Association as we worked through this situation.”
The match falls on the only FIFA international fixture date before May, making it the only opportunity for European-based players to play for the national team prior to the start of the World Cup preparation camp.
“This game is a huge opportunity, mainly for our European-based players, for those guys to prove to us that they are eager and hungry to jump on the train to the FIFA World Cup,” said Klinsmann. “With this game being the only chance for these players before our World Cup preparation camp begins, it’s even more important they have a good showing.”
A total of 21 players on the roster ply their trade in Europe. Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley, Seattle Sounders FC forward Dempsey and Club Tijuana defender Edgar Castillo are the only representatives on the squad from North American teams.
Bayern Munich forward Julian Green, 18, will participate in training camp, but is not yet eligible to play in a match for the United States.
UNITED STATES ROSTER
(International friendly: March 5, 2014, v Ukraine at Larnaca, Cyprus)
GOALKEEPERS: Cody Cropper (Southampton/England), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England), Tim Howard (Everton/England)
DEFENDERS: John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/Germany), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt/Germany), Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday/England), Will Packwood (Birmingham City/England), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/England)
MIDFIELDERS: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/France), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/Canada), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/Norway), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/Germany), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas/Turkey), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht/Belgium), Brek Shea (Barnsley/England), Danny Williams (Reading/England)
FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (Utrecht/Netherlands), Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/England), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna/Austria), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Julian Green (Bayern Munich/Germany), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands)