Klinsmann names 23 man roster for Bosnia friendly, welcomes young new faces to the first team
By Kim Tate
US Men's National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has announced his 23 man roster for the upcoming friendly against Bosnia Herzegovina on August 14th. Fans will be happy to see some familiar veteran faces like Jozy Altidore, Tim Howard, Geoff Cameron and Michael Bradley in the mix, but as we move forward in a campaign to start producing top quality players in a winning system, we'll be seeing some new faces to pair with that leadership.
Goalkeeper Cody Cropper has received his first call up with the first team. Cropper is coming off a great performance in the Under 20 World Cup games with Tab Ramos and the US U-20 national team, where they fell to Ghana in their group with only a point. The Minnesota native is currently playing with Southampton in England, but has been with the US U-20's since 2010, and was even called up in 2011 to the U-23's in a game against Azerbaijan, where he notched a shutout.
Another unfamiliar face is Bobby Wood, who is currently playing in Bundesliga 2 side 1860 Munich, where he has tallied two assists in four games, including their most recent 2-1 victory where he set up the opening goal. The 20 year old forward from Honolulu Hawaii moved to California to play with Irvine Strikers in 2004 before moving to Germany in 2007. This is his first call up to the US national team.
Aron Jóhannsson is an American-Icelandic player, currently playing for Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar, which is the same club we saw Jozy Altidore go on a socring frenzy last season, breaking Clint Dempsey's record of most goals scored in a European club season by a US national team player. Jóhannsson recently notched the game winner for AZ: a PK to defeat Ajax 3-2. Jóhannsson now has three goals in as many competitive games and six in his last seven outings for AZ since last season.
20 year old John Anthony Brooks has now seen his first call up to the first team. Brooks holds both German and American citizenship, and has participated in several camps for the US U-20's and in one for Germany's U20 team. His international debut for the US U 20's came in September 2010, a 5-0 loss against Paraguay. The six foot four defender currently plays for Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga.
Said Klinsmann on the selections for this roster, "This is another opportunity to give ourselves a benchmark against a great opponent and one of the top teams in Europe. Our European-based players are just getting started with their seasons and this gives them a chance to get going a couple weeks before our big World Cup Qualifiers. We're also excited to bring some new faces into the Senior Team and have them start to become part of the group."
Veterans Brad Guzan and Tim Howard will be good anchors for Cropper, and will provide solid leadership for him while he continues to develop as national team material, while Altidore will be a familiar face for Jóhannsson. Wood will also look to gain valuable lessons from his veteran teammates up top, while John Anthony Brooks will mix with US defenders playing in different parts of the world, including Mexico, MLS, and England. Bolton's Tim Ream also made this list, who hasn't seen time with the national team since 2011.
Seattle Sounders will have to make do without Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans for this friendly, serving as the only MLS players on this squad, while Liga MX is being represented by three players: Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana) and Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla).
Roster by position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)
Bosnia Hertzegovina is currently ranked 13th in the world. The match will be broadcast on ESPN 2 and UniMas at 8:30p EDT.
I have to agree with wes. Not seeing any domestic players apart from two in seattle is a shock and also a disappointment to the sport in the country. Maybe the european coach just believes that players need to play in the top leagues to represent their country.
Most amazing fact on this article is that there are only two players named that play in the MLS. What is that saying about the MLS league right now? I believe that any player who wants to make it not only to the national level but as a top player must leave the MLS and go to south america or europe.