Mix Diskerud (pictured) is one 26 players who will travel to Brazil this month with the United States for a pre-World Cup camp. (Photo: Mexsport)
CHICAGO – United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced Sunday that all 26 players called into the national team’s January camp will travel to Brazil, where the team will train January 13-25 as part of its World Cup prepartations.
Klinsmann had considered trimming the roster to 23 players, but after a productive week of training determined that the full group would make the trip.
"We have been extremely pleased with the performance of the group in the first week," said Klinsmann. "The players came in very fit and have done really well in training. Therefore, we believe they have all earned a chance to go to Brazil for these next 12 days.
“We are excited about getting down to Sao Paulo and continuing the work. This is a huge opportunity to get to know our environment for the World Cup."
The team will be based at the training site of Sao Paulo FC, one of the premier facilities in Brazil and the host of the U.S. base camp this summer. In addition to daily sessions, the U.S. will hold two closed-door scrimmages during the visit.
The camp culminates with a friendly against the Korea Republic on February 1 at StubHub Center.
UNITED STATES ROSTER
(Training Camp: January 13-25, 2014 at Sao Paulo, Brazil)
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), 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)