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Photo Gallery: MNT Training & Travel to Dublin

Photos from the U.S. MNT's final training session in London before departing for Dublin to face Ireland on Nov. 18.

Photo Gallery: MNT in London

Photos from the U.S. MNT's visit to the London Eye and final training session ahead of its big showdown against Colombia at Craven Cottage on Nov. 14, 2014. 

Klinsmann Names 25-Player Roster for Final Matches of 2014

CHICAGO (Nov. 10, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 25 players into camp for the final matches of the 2014 campaign. The U.S. will first meet No. 3-ranked Colombia on Friday, Nov. 14, in London. More than 20,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s first match at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham FC (TICKETS). Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and UniMas.

Four days later, the United States will play on the Republic of Ireland’s soil for the first time since 2002 when it faces the home side at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. ESPN2 and Univision begin coverage at 2:45 p.m. ET. Fans can follow both matches on Twitter @ussoccer.

U.S. MNT ROSTER BY POSITION - DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

“We want to finish 2014 on a high note and continue to try to meet the top teams eye to eye,” said Klinsmann. “In these last two games we want our veterans to really become mentors both on and off the field, and we want to see our youngsters take advantage of the opportunity to make their case and grow from the experience. These performances will set the tone for 2015.”

Klinsmann has once again chosen to blend youth and experience. A total of 16 players were part the squad that reached the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, led by four-time tournament veteran DaMarcus Beasley. At the other end of the spectrum, there are 12 players with 10 caps or less and an equal number that is 24 years old or younger.

U.S. MNT ROSTER NOTES

  • DaMarcus Beasley is the leading capwinner on the roster with 120 appearances. Jozy Altidore is second with 74 caps.
  • Altidore has worn the captain’s armband twice in the past three matches, beginning with the 1-0 win on Sept. 3 against the Czech Republic.
  • Colombian-American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya has played in 10 of 13 matches for the MNT in 2014 and is on pace to tie a career best for most in a single year (12). Both his father and grandfather played professionally in Colombia.
  • World Cup goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando are headed to London, each sporting impressive records in a National Team uniform. Guzan has recorded nine shutouts in 19 career starts, with six of those clean sheets earned in World Cup qualifiers. Rimando has never lost a game for the National Team, posting a near-perfect 10-0-2 record.
  • Jermaine Jones, who scored a mesmerizing goal against Portugal in the World Cup in June, is again listed as a defender after having made a debut appearance at center back for the MNT in the 1-1 draw on Oct. 14 against Honduras.
  • Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales has helped his side to the top of the 2. Bundesliga table, appearing in all 13 matches and scoring the opening goal of the campaign. Born in Germany to Peruvian parents, Morales has been deployed as a holding midfielder and also in defense by his club.
  • Greg Garza earned his first start against Ecuador in his third consecutive appearance for the MNT, having made his debut in the 1-0 win against Czech Republic. The Club Tijuana left back has now competed for the United States at every age level, beginning with the U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team.
  • Mix Diskerud has reached double-digit starts for the National Team. After scoring his fourth-career goal against Ecuador, the U.S. team holds a remarkable 17-1-5 record when Diskerud steps on the field.
  • A total of eight players join from MLS squads: Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Matt Besler, Bill Hamid, Sean Johnson, Jones, Lee Nguyen, Rimando, Chris Wondolowski and DeAndre Yedlin. New England Revolution teammates Jones and Nguyen advanced to the Eastern Conference Championship for the first time since 2007, and Yedlin’s Seattle Sounders FC faces FC Dallas in the second leg of its series Monday night with the hope of advancing to the Western Conference Championship.
  • Nguyen can earn his first cap for the U.S. MNT since 2007, when he made three international appearances. After entering as a substitute for Beasley in the 80th minute of the 4-1 win against China PR on June 2 in San Jose, he played two matches at Copa America in Venezuela. Nguyen (pronounced WIN) has 18 goals and five assists this season, making him a contender for the 2014 MLS MVP award.
  • Yedlin signed a contract to join north-London club Tottenham Hotspur, and could join the club as early as January.
  • Wondolowski spent the past week training at Fulham in advance of this camp.
  • Johnson earned both the MVP award and the Defender of the Year award for the Chicago Fire this season. He is coming off a training spell at Hull City.
  • Hamid backstopped D.C. United to a historic turnaround as the club was the first in the Eastern Conference to clinch an MLS playoff berth this season. A year ago, United finished the campaign with the worst record in MLS.
  • Minnesota United FC forward Miguel Ibarra and Stanford University striker Jordan Morris both return to the fold after debut appearances on an MNT roster this year. Ibarra became the first player from the modern NASL to be called into the National Team. The 24-year-old NASL Player of the Month for September got his first cap when entered as a 90th-minute sub in the 1-1 draw against Honduras.
  • Morris, who scored the game-winner for the U.S. U-23 MNT against the Bahamas in August, was named the 2012-13 Development Academy Player of the Year for the U-18 age group while playing for the Seattle Sounders FC Academy. He is the first active college player to be included on a roster under Jurgen Klinsmann.
  • Rubio Rubin also returns to the fold. He signed with Utrecht in July. The U.S. U-17 Residency alum was voted the 2012 U.S. Soccer Youth Male Athlete of the Year.

Klinsmann Convoca 25 Jugadores Para Colombia e Irlanda, Cerrar el 2014

CHICAGO (10 de noviembre, 2014) -- El director técnico de la Selección Masculina Jurgen Klinsmann convocó a 25 jugadores para iniciar preparaciones para los últimos partidos del 2014. Estados Unidos se enfrentará al actual equipo No. 3 en el ranking de la FIFA, Colombia, el viernes, 14 de noviembre, en Londres. Más de 20,000 boletos han sido vendidos para el primer partido de Estados Unidos en Craven Cottage, hogar del Fulham FC. El inicio está programado para las 2:45 p.m. ET y será transmitido en vivo por ESPN y UniMás.

Cuatro días después, Estados Unidos jugará en territorio de la República de Irlanda por primera vez desde el 2002 cuando se enfrente al anfitrión en Aviva Stadium en Dublin. ESPN2 y Univisión empezarán la cobertura a las 2:45 p.m. ET.  Aficionados pueden mantenerse al tanto de los dos partidos por Twitter @ussoccer y @ussoccer_esp.                                                 

NÓMINA DE ESTADOS UNIDOS POR POSICIÓN:

ARQUEROS (4): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENSAS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MEDIOCAMPISTAS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)

DELANTEROS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

“Queremos terminar el 2014 de manera positiva y continuar a enfrentarnos a los mejores equipos del tu a tu,” dijo Klinsmann. “En estos últimos dos partidos queremos que nuestros veteranos realmente se conviertan en tutores tanto dentro como fuera del campo, y queremos ver a nuestros jóvenes aprovechar la oportunidad de mostrar su capacidad y crecer con la experiencia. Estas actuaciones marcarán el tono para el 2015.”

Klinsmann de nuevo optó por una mezcla de juventud y experiencia. Un total de 16 jugadores fueron parte del equipo que llegó a los octavos de final de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014, encabezados por el cuatro veces mundialista DaMarcus Beasley. Por otra parte, hay 12 jugadores con 10 partidos o menos con la selección mayor y la misma cantidad son menores de, o tienen 24 años.

NOTAS DE LA NÓMINA DE EE.UU.

  • DaMarcus Beasley tiene el mayor número de partidos con la selección en la nómina con 120 partidos. Jozy Altidore es el segundo con 74 partidos.
  • El mediocampista de herencia colombiana Alejandro Bedoya ha jugado en 10 de 13 partidos para la Selección en el 2014. Su padre y su abuelo jugaron fútbol profesionalmente en Colombia.
  • Los porteros mundialistas Brad Guzan y Nick Rimando parten hacia Londres, cada uno con impresionantes logros en su carrera con la Selección. Guzan tiene nueve partidos sin conceder gol en 19 partidos de titular, seis de los cuales fueron en partidos de eliminatoria mundialista. Rimando nunca ha perdido un partido con la Selección mayor, con un registro casi perfecto de 10-0-2.
  • El mediocampista del Ingolstadt Alfredo Morales ayudó a su equipo elevarse a la cima de la tabla de la 2. Bundesliga, jugando en los 13 partidos y anotando el primer gol de la campaña. Nacido en Alemania de padres Peruanos, ha sido utilizado como mediocampista y defensa por su club.
  • Greg Garza fue nombrado titular por primera vez contra Ecuador en su segundo partido con la Selección Masculina de EE.UU. Debutó con la Selección en la victoria de 1-0 contra la República Checa. El zaguero del Club Tijuana ahora ha competido con Estados Unidos en todos los niveles, empezando con la Selección Sub-14.
  • El delantero del Minnesota United FC Miguel Ibarra y el delantero de Stanford Jordan Morris regresan al grupo después de debutar en convocatorias de la Selección este año. Ibarra se convirtió en el primer jugador de la NASL moderna en ser convocado a la Selección. El Jugador del Mes de la NASL en Septiembre tiene 24 años y debuto en el minuto 90 como suplente en el empate de 1-1 contra Honduras.
  • Rubio Rubín también se vuelve a incorporar al grupo. Firmó con Utrecht en julio. El egresado del Programa de Residentes de la Selección Sub-17 de Estados Unidos fue elegido el Deportista Joven del Año en el 2012. 

Photo Gallery: MNT Boca Raton Training

Photos from the U.S. MNT training session on Monday, Oct. 13, in Boca Raton, Florida. The USA is set to play Honduras in an international friendly at FAU Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.

Possessing size and range, Sean Johnson has already shown promise in his young professional career. Unfazed after being thrust into the starting role in his rookie year with the Chicago Fire, he demonstrated the poise and calm which are the trademarks of a good goalkeeper. Having represented the United States at the U-20 level, he is looking to break into the ranks of the full team.

  • A member of the U-20 Men's National Team that competed at the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship in 2009
  • Installed as the Chicago Fire starter halfway through the year, he went on to play in 13 matches for the club
Under-20s: Part of the U-20 roster for the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship tournament qualifying in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009 … Made one appearance for the U-20 MNT in a 2-0 win over Haiti on Dec. 20, 2008 … First Appearance: None First Goal: None
2010: Played 13 matches, earning three shutouts and a 1.31 GAA in his rookie season…Made his first league appearance and earned his first career win in 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Aug. 1 and won the starting job soon after … 2009: Played six matches for FC Atlanta Blackhawks of the USL Premier Development League, going 4-0-2 with a 2.00 goals against average.

Holds both an American and Jamaican passport … Son of Everet and Joy Johnson ... Brother Jarrett played professional basketball in Greece, Cyprus and China ... Enjoys fishing in the offseason.

Johnson was named the Most Valuable Player in 2008 for Central Florida, starting every match in goal, recording 108 saves on the season and setting a new school record for saves in a game with 14 on Oct. 14 against SMU ... Finished the season with a 7-11-1 record, recording five shutouts, with a 1.30 goals against average and a .812 save percentage… Appeared in 18 matches in 2007 as a freshman for Central Florida, going 4-12-2, recording a 2.10 goals against average and a .680 save percentage.

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