U.S. names roster for camp, Puerto Rico friendly

Paul Arriola (pictured) was one of three players named to the USA's roster for a training camp in Miami and a friendly against Puerto Rico. (Photo: Mexsport)

CHICAGO – United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann called in 22 players Monday for a transition camp in Miami to start preparations for the Copa America Centenario and an international friendly at Puerto Rico on May 22.

The squad consists solely of players based in either Europe or Mexico, 15 of whom were included on the 40-man preliminary roster for next month’s Copa America Centenario.

"We are doing this week in Miami and finishing off the week with a game in Puerto Rico because it's really important in terms of transitioning our players coming in from Europe and some who are already done in Mexico to keep them in a flow, to keep them in a rhythm," said Klinsmann. "One of our lessons from last year's Gold Cup was because the tournament was pushed into July, we couldn't transition our European-based players and some of the Mexican players perfectly."

Mexico’s Club Tijuana is the most-represented club, with forwards Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno, as well as defender Michael Orozco, all meriting selection.


GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Zach Steffen (SC Freiburg/Germany)

DEFENDERS: John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/Germany), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/England), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/England), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Tim Ream (Fulham/England), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur/England)

MIDFIELDERS: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/France), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham/England), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach/Germany), Perry Kitchen (Hearts/Scotland), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt/Germany), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg/Germany), Danny Williams (Reading/England)

FORWARDS: Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Julian Green (Bayern Munich/Germany), Fabrice Picault (FC St. Pauli/Germany), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Bobby Wood (Hamburg/Germany)