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Gallery: From Aarhus to Zurich, USMNT's European Training Camp

Ahead of its next match, the U.S. MNT has traveled and trained across Europe from Aarhus, Denmark to its base camp in Zurich, Switzerland. The USA faces Switzerland on March 31 at Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás. Fans can also get all the latest on the U.S. MNT on social media. 

              

Highlights: 91st-Minute Strike Beats MNT in Denmark

The U.S. Men's National Team fell 3-2 to Denmark in Aarhus, Denmark.

Gallery: MNT Hits the Training Pitch in Zurich

The U.S. MNT has gathered in Zurich for a pair of international friendlies against Denmark (March 25) and Switzerland (March 31). The team got right out on the training pitch ahead of the game against Denmark, which kicks off at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday at NRGi Park in Aarhus, Denmark. The match will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMás and UDN. Fans can catch all the latest from the USA's trip to Europe on Facebook, Twitter @ussoccer, @ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer

Klinsmann Calls 23 Players for Important Tests against Denmark and Switzerland

CHICAGO (March 22, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will bring 23 players to Europe for important friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland in preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The U.S. faces Denmark on March 25 in Aarhus in the first meeting between the teams since 2009 (3 p.m. ET - ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, UDN). Six days later, the USA meets Switzerland – one of the eight seeded teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup – on March 31 in Zurich (Fox Sports 1, UniMas, UDN).

The matches fall on FIFA fixture dates and come in conjunction with camps for the U-23 Men’s National Team, which will play Bosnia-Herzegovina and Denmark in preparation matches for Olympic qualifying, and the U-20 Men’s National Team that is getting ready for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup this summer in New Zealand.

Denmark sits atop Group I in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship. The teams last met in the same town six years ago, with the Danes collecting a 3-1 victory.

Currently ranked No. 12 in the world, Switzerland boasts 13 players with experience in the current Champions League season. The last match between the U.S. and Switzerland occurred on Oct. 17, 2007 with the USA running out 1-0 winners in Basel.

“This is a really exciting time for our National Teams, because it’s not only our games with the senior team, it’s also the U-23s now playing two friendlies and the U-20s playing a friendly with England,” said Klinsmann. “From a senior team perspective, we have a very competitive roster. It’s a great opportunity to look at our many players based in Europe and Mexico while the MLS players are still getting into a rhythm. We are here to challenge ourselves against two strong opponents, and at the end of the day we also want to get results.”

The roster is heavy on U.S. players based in Europe in Mexico with a total of 16 players on the roster plying their trade outside the United States. Six players, including team captain Clint Dempsey, hail from MLS, while Miguel Ibarra represents the NASL. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan has been left off the roster while he and his wife await the birth of their first child.

Two players based in Mexico – defender Ventura Alvarado from Club America and goalkeeper William Yarbrough from Club Leon – are making their first appearance in a U.S. National Team camp. Meantime, AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Johannsson returns for the first time since the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Reading midfielder Danny Williams is back after more than a year.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon) 
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)

ROSTER NOTES  

  • A total of 11 players on the roster were members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that traveled to Brazil and helped the USA advance out of the “Group of Death,” including three goalscorers.
  • Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley were the only two players who started in all four matches for the USA during the World Cup.
  • Dempsey is the leading capwinner on the roster with 112 appearances. Bradley is next in line to reach the century mark, having played 93 games.
  • Bradley’s first career goal proved the game-winner in the 1-0 win against Switzerland on Oct.17, 2007, in Basel.
  • Seven countries and nine leagues are represented on the roster: Canada, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, and the United States
  • Jozy Altidore, Bradley, Dempsey and Brek Shea are the goalscorers for the U.S. in 2015.  Dempsey has three goals from the first two matches of the MLS season, while Altidore netted a pair in his first match for Toronto FC.
  • Rimando boasts an impressive 10-1-2 career record with four shutouts.
  • Greg Garza started the last five games of 2014 following the World Cup. The Club Tijuana left back has been a part of every level of National Team programming, beginning with the U-14s.
  • Aron Johannsson has the chance to make his first appearance since replacing Jozy Altidore in the first half of the USA’s 2-1 win against Ghana in their opening match of the World Cup in Brazil. He has been hampered by injuries since then and is fighting his way back into the lineup at AZ.
  • Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first caps for the U.S. team in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the NASL.
  • Danny Williams also has the opportunity to get his first action since March 5, 2014, when he started against Ukraine in Cyprus.
  • Rubio Rubin is the only age-eligible player on the roster for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The F.C. Utrecht forward, who scored on the weekend, earned his first senior team cap and start on Nov. 11, 2014, against then No. 3-ranked Colombia.
  • William Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. He has marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.

Q&A - Jurgen Klinsmann: "We Can’t Wait to Get These Games Going"

U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann recently sat down with ussoccer.com to discuss a broad range of topics ahead of the USA's upcoming European friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland. The U.S. boss touched on the kick-off of the 2015 MLS season, tracking players in Europe and Mexico, plus, guiding youth players toward the Senior National Team.

ussoccer.com: What have been the scouting priorities for the staff since the team’s last gathering?

JK:  “Really our priority in terms of scouting has been to look all over the place and see as many games as possible. In Europe, we are looking at the players playing in Germany, in Holland with Rubio Rubin and Aron Johannsson, going down to Mexico and seeing the players there who are involved in a very busy schedule right now  having started very early in the year, and obviously we are thrilled getting the ball rolling in MLS.”

ussoccer.com: The Bundesliga-based players are earning consistent playing time, particularly John Brooks and Timmy Chandler. What have you seen from those players?

JK: “It’s great to see John Brooks playing week in and week out and consistently being a starter. He’s getting very good reviews over there. Matthias Hamann, Andi Herzog and Berti Vogts are all looking after our players in Germany and have seen a lot of good stuff. Timmy Chandler after the World Cup was struggling a bit to get his starting spot, and now he is always in the starting lineup. He’s playing consistently on a good level, so that is very promising. It’s a pity seeing a few players injured in the German environment, if it’s Terrence Boyd, Joe Gyau, and Bobby Wood. They are having a tough time getting through their injuries now. Overall, the news out of Germany is very good.”

MNT left back Timmy Chandler battles the Republic of Ireland's Cyrus Christie in the USA's final match of 2014.

ussoccer.com: Aron Johannsson is a player we haven’t seen since the World Cup. He’s back from injury and getting minutes. How have you followed his progress?

JK: “We had Aron Johannsson watched by Andi Herzog. We are glad to see Aron back in the mix and getting his games, even if it’s not always as a starter yet. He had a rough time after the World Cup with injuries. It took him a long time to get back in the picture, but once he gets back on the field he’s always smelling the goal and scoring. That’s what a goalscorer is all about – he has to prove his point by putting the ball in the net. That’s what Aron is doing. We are looking forward to having him back in our group.”

ussoccer.com: What have been your impressions of the start of the MLS season?

JK: “As a start, it was a huge opening weekend for MLS. It was awesome to see full stadiums all over the place. It’s been very exciting to go from game to game and seeing our players in action, whether it was Jozy Altidore scoring two goals or Clint Dempsey scoring two goals in Seattle, Nick Rimando playing well, and then new teams in the league. Seeing Brek Shea at left back in Orlando City, where we tried him out in the January camp is pretty exciting. Having players like Kaka and David Villa in the United States is awesome. It’s been an exciting start to MLS and for all soccer fans in the country, and we are looking forward to the upcoming games.”

ussoccer.com: Jozy Altidore scored twice in his debut. How important is it for Jozy’s confidence to hit the ground running?

JK: “Seeing Jozy Altidore getting on the scoring side of it right away was very important. He had a tough time the last 18 months in the Premier League, and for him it’s an awesome feeling to start right away with two goals. We all know what Jozy can do when he’s healthy and fit. Hopefully he’s off to a fantastic season. It’s also great seeing Clint get going from the start, and Mix Diskerud with New York City Football Club scoring the first goal for that new franchise is exciting. It’s a lot of promising stuff.” 

ussoccer.com: Brek Shea is getting a reboot to his career in Orlando. They are also using him as a left back. Is it a position where you see him having continued potential?

JK: “Brek Shea has the potential to become a very, very strong left back. He’s obviously a guy that always wants to go forward. He can score goals. He can create goals. If he learns the defending side of the game – being very physical, very focused, being connected to his center back and holding a line, getting all the tactical elements for what it takes to be a good defender - it adds that card into his portfolio and the coach from Orlando can choose where to play him, we can choose where to play him, it’s just great to see. We started that process in the January camp and Orlando took it over. We stay in touch with each other. It can only get better.”


MNT defender Brek Shea scored the USA's opening goal of 2015 in a January friendly against Chile in Rancagua. 

ussoccer.com: What type of roster will you bring to Denmark and Switzerland?

JK: “We are going to bring in a very strong roster into Denmark and Switzerland. It’s a bit tricky obviously because MLS has just started and it’s early in the season, so those players don’t have a rhythm yet. Meanwhile, the European-based players are in a full rhythm and the Mexican-based players are in a full rhythm, so we will bring what we believe will be the strongest roster into these two friendlies. It will be an interesting mix. We are there to learn, to play against very good opponents, but also to get results.”

ussoccer.com: During the upcoming window, the Senior Team will play two matches; the U-23s will play two matches against Bosnia and Denmark, and the U-20s are in London for a pair of games. These are important opportunities for the Youth National Teams, and at the same time, you are preparing for the Gold Cup. How do you go about balancing the rosters?

JK: “It’s getting really exciting because 2015 really kicks off now. MLS is in full swing starting their schedule, and with the FIFA fixture dates coming up, we get the opportunity to play the Senior Team, and at the same time, to build the U-23s and the U-20s have to prepare for the World Cup this summer.

“It’s exciting for us coaches to see who could play where. Is there a younger one maybe coming with me to Denmark and Switzerland, or is he going with Andi Herzog to be with the U-23s in Bosnia and Denmark, or do we keep an 18-year-old player with Tab because he is going to go to the World Cup this summer. We will juggle these things and we will balance it out. At the end of the day, the priority is always the Senior Team in order to be the strongest team possible, but at the same time it’s great for us coaches to see everybody competing for his spot and his future opportunities.

“For the youngsters to look towards the U-20 World Cup is huge. For the U-23s, we have to get them going in order to prepare for the qualifiers later this year towards the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Andi Herzog has his hands full with that group. For me and the Senior Team perspective, I’m looking at all these youngsters and thinking who can come through these periods and develop the fastest possible in order to make himself a strong competitor for the senior group. So this is a great time now, and we can’t wait to get these games going at the end of the month.”

ussoccer.com: The U-17s just qualified for the 2015 FIFA World Cup, and did so after fighting through some adversity. As you have talked about, at that age level, it’s not just about winning but also about experience. How important are experiences like that for player development?

JK: Having the U-17s being in Honduras trying to qualify for the World Cup and go through that stuff is priceless. It’s so important for them to deal with different conditions, to deal with emotions, to deal with difficult moments in a game where they have to solve it, to deal with fatigue and climate. It is only making them better. Having them go through these challenges is very important, because that’s what they have to learn for their future. It’s only going to get more difficult the older they grow. It’s the same for our U20s going into the World Cup this summer. You face very difficult opponents and you reach your limits. These experiences for the younger age groups are critical, which is why having these games on the FIFA fixture dates and getting them involved is so important. They need these opportunities to grow and to make it to the highest level possible in their career.”

CAREER STATS     GP/GS            MIN         G              A             Pts              Y                R             W-L-T

2011                         2/1                80           0              0               0               0               0              1-1-0
2012                        8/8               677          0              2               2                1               0              4-2-2  
2013                        8/8               581          0              3               3               0               0              6-2-0  
2014                        10/10            785          1               1               3               0               0              5-4-1
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4-Year Totals      28/27          2,123          1               6               8                1               0            16-9-3

A stalwart at both midfield and defense, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann utilized Johnson’s versatility through the USA’s qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Johnson became a part of the U.S. National Team after having a change of association request granted by FIFA. Born to an American serviceman and German mother, in Munich, Johnson initially played for Germany at the youth national team level, earning a medal as Germany captured the 2009 U-21 European Championship.  He earned his first U.S. MNT cap against France in 2011.

  • Started all four games for MNT in the 2014 FIFA World Cup at right back 
  • Recorded a goal against Turkey and an assist against Nigeria, both 2-1 victories during the Send-Off Series ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  • Ranked third on the U.S. MNT and set a personal best with three assists in 2013, including two game-winning assists to Jozy Altidore in World Cup qualifiers against Panama on June 11 and Honduras on June 18
  • Joined Borussia Mönchengladbach for the 2014-15 Bundesliga campaign
  • Led Hoffenheim with four assists during the 2012-13 Bundesliga campaign
  • Earned his first cap for the U.S. when he entered as a substitute on Nov. 11, 2011, against France
  • Granted approval for a change of association by FIFA in the fall of 2011 
  • Holds both a German and USA passport and has represented Germany at the youth level

2014: Has started in all 10 games he has appeared for the U.S... Started all four games for MNT in the 2014 FIFA World Cup at right back ... Recorded a goal against Turkey and an assist against Nigeria, both 2-1 victories during the Send-Off Series ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... Has started seven games for the U.S., including all three Send-Off Series games ... 2013: Posted three assists – third-most on the team and a career-high – while making eight appearances for 581 minutes of action … Had back-to-back, game-winning assists in World Cup qualifying, dishing to Jozy Altidore during a 2-0 victory against Panama on June 11 in Seattle, followed by another assist to Altidore for a 1-0 USA win against Honduras on June 18 in Sandy, Utah … Assisted Altidore’s game-tying goal during an eventual 4-3 victory against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Aug. 14 in Sarajevo ... 2012: Got his first taste of official competition for the USA, playing in three World Cup qualifiers … A calf injury kept him out of the Antigua & Barbuda match, but he returned to start in the 1-1 draw in Guatemala on June 12  … He set up Dempsey’s goal in that game, slipping him a ball just outside the area … Notched his first career point when he clipped a cross to Herculez Gomez for a goal in the 4-1 loss to Brazil … Had a solid performance in the 2-2 draw against ninth-ranked Russia on Nov. 14 in Krasnodar  … 2011: Made two appearances, including one start, for the U.S. … Earned his first cap in the 1-0 loss against France on Nov. 11 as a second-half substitute … Joined training camp for the matches against Costa Rica on Sept. 2 and Belgium on Sept. 6, but had not yet received approval for a change of association … First Appearance: Nov. 11, 2011, vs. France … First Goal: June 1, 2014 against Turkey in an International Friendly

2014: Made a move to Borussia-Mönchengladbach for the 2014-15 Bundseliga campaign... Has appeared in eight games, starting three... Has recorded one goal to help his club to third-place in the Bundersliga table early in the season... 2013: Appeared in 12 games in the 2013 portion of Hoffenheim’s 2013-14 Bundesliga campaign … 2012-13: In 31 appearances, Johnson led Hoffenheim with four assists and added three goals during the 2012-13 Bundesliga season … 2011: Has played 14 games and scored one goal in all competitions in the first half of the season … Set up Johnson delivered a pair of assists to Vedad Ibisevic in Hoffenheim’s 2-0 win at Nürnberg on Dec. 10 … Added an assist in the 1-0 win against Borussia Monchengladbach on Oct. 22 and in the 2-0 win against Ausburg on Aug. 20 … Made his debut for Hoffenheim on July 30 in the DFB Deutsch Cup match against Germania Windeck, when he came on as a second-half substitute and scored a goal in the 3-1 win … Joined Hoffenheim on a three-year deal … 2010-11: Started one game out of the six matches he played in for Wolfsburg … 2009-10: Played in 10 league games for Wolfsburg, starting four of those … Tallied his first goal for Wolfsburg in the 2-2 tie against Freiburg on Dec. 5, 2009, when he scored the second equalizer  … Joined VfB Wolfsburg on July 14, 2009 … 2008-09: Increased his career high for games played to 33, all starts, and scored two goals for Munich … Notched Munich’s third goal in the 5-1 rout of St. Pauli on March 1, 2009 … Scored the opening goal in his side’s 3-0 win against FSV Frankfurt … 2007-08: Played a career-high 28 games and scored his first professional goals for Munich … Added a goal in stoppage time to seal the equalizer in the 1-1 draw against Erzgebirge on May 18, 2008 … Scored his first goal on Aug. 26, 2007, in the 3-0 win against Hoffenheim … 2006-07: Made 25 appearances for 1860 Munich in his first full season at the senior level … Promoted to the first team of 1860 Munich in July of 2006 after spending 10 years with the club at the youth level. 

Father is from Michigan … Vacationed in New York as a kid … Speaks fluent English and German.
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