The match on September 3 against the Czech Republic will be the first in the 2018 World Cup cycle for the USMNT. Couple that with a busy MLS schedule and you get a dynamic, fun roster with a lot of new names. Jurgen Klinsmann took this opportunity to call in six uncapped players, including a player still on a college roster. It is the right roster for the time and one that should add a new wave of intrigue for fans.
Most were unsure how many young players Klinsmann would call in, but youth is in order on a roster that includes 11 players with 10 appearances or less. The majority of the players are under the age of 24. That field is highlighted by Seattle Sounders Academy striker Jordan Morris who is a sophomore at Stanford University. Despite Klinsmann’s stance against development of players through colleges, Morris has a chance to be the first to make an appearance since 1995.
Utrecht‘s Rubio Rubin has been creating a buzz and will get a chance with the senior team. Fulham‘s Emerson Hyndman and Southampton‘s Cody Cropper also make the jump from the youth teams. Joe Corona, Joe Gyau, Hyndman and Morris are all U.S. Soccer Development Academy alumni. This roster is earning Klinsmann praise from fans on social media and it is clear that the coach had a clear idea of what starting a new cycle means to the USMNT.
“When you start a new cycle, you want to see as many new players and young players breaking in as possible. Obviously you always respect your established players and you always want to give them the space to continue their good work, but you also want to use that opportunity going forward to introduce young blood into the program, give them time on the training field, and you also want to give them time in a real game and prove a point.”
Klinsmann called in 10 players from the 2014 World Cup roster. DeAndre Yedlin, who needs international caps to make his impending move to Tottenham easier, is not included. September 3 is a big matchday in MLS. If it weren’t, the roster could have been younger with the inclusion of players like Wil Trapp, Gyasi Zardes, Tommy Thompson and Harrison Shipp. Nick Rimando is the only MLS player on the roster, though Brad Guzan is expected to get the starting nod in net.
Klinsmann definitely shook some things up in this first match of the next cycle. It will be interesting to see the youngsters in action. This roster is also a boost to fans that were awaiting the next action from the National Team.
Cropper, Guzan, Rimando
John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Timmy Chandler, Greg Garza, Fabian Johnson, Michael Orozco, Tim Ream
Alejandro Bedoya, Corona, Mix Diskerud, Julian Green, Hyndman, Alfredo Morales, Brek Shea
Jozy Altidore , Gyau, Morris, Rubin, Bobby Wood