Michael Parkhurst (pictured) was added to the United States' training camp roster on January 24, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)
CHICAGO – United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced on Friday a 22-man selection for the last part of his team’s January camp, which will be held at the National Training Center in Carson, California. A total of 26 players were part of the group that began training earlier in the month.
Colorado Rapids defenders Chris Klute and Shane O’Neill, Sporting Kansas City defenders Chance Myers and Seth Sinovic, and Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall will return to their clubs. Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst, who made five appearances in the USA’s run to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title, has been added to the roster.
The Americans have spent the last 12 days in Sao Paulo, Brazil – the team’s base camp this summer – as part of an opportunity to go through a “dry run” for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Sao Paulo will be the site of the team’s base camp this summer. The players have the weekend off before reconvening on Monday.
“All of the players have put in a tremendous amount of work and effort these past two weeks,” said Klinsmann. “We had a great opportunity to introduce some new players into the Senior National Team Program and they have done extremely well. I think they have a bright future, and now they go back to their clubs with a better understanding of what it takes at the international level. We now move forward with the chance to finish off the camp with the goal of getting a result against Korea.”
The camp culminates with the friendly against the Korea Republic on February 1 at StubHub Center, also in Carson, California.
UNITED STATES NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
(Training camp & international friendly on February 1, 2014, home v Korea Republic at StubHub Center; Carson California)
GOALKEEPERS: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
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)