US Men's National Team: Intial Reaction to January Training Camp Squad Announcement

Kirby Lee – USATODAY Sports

As the new year rolled in, US Men’s National Team fans were excited. The 2014 World Cup is less than six months away, and that means January includes a training camp for the national team. On Friday, US Soccer announced Jurgen Klinsmann‘s selections for the January training camp. With some USMNT players playing with their club teams in Europe, it was expected to see some newcomers on this year’s training camp squad. Klinsmann’s selection includes veterans, young MLS stars, and other top American talent.

A call-up to this training camp does not mean they will ever play in a meaningful game — like the World Cup — for USMNT, but the potential is there. The opportunity is there for those new to the national team to show their worth to Klinsmann and company. For those receiving what has become a perennial call-up, this training camp allows them to work with some fellow teammates and prepare for the 2014 World Cup. Below is the entire USMNT training camp call-up list.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION

GOALKEEPERS (4): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (9): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC) Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids), Chance Myers (Sporting Kansas City), Seth Sinovic (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MIDFIELDERS (9): 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), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Overall, this roster has talented and experienced USMNT players like Landon Donovan, Mix Diskerud, and Omar Gonzalez while also including players earning their first call-up like Mike Magee and DeAndre Yedlin. The future is bright for USMNT, and this training camp will prepare these players for times with their club and country in 2014.

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