Klinsmann Calls 23 Players for World Cup Preparation Matches against Scotland and Austria
U.S. Closes out Record-Setting Year in Glasgow and Vienna
CHICAGO (Nov. 11, 2013) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 23 players to camp to begin preparations for the final matches of the record-setting 2013 campaign.
The U.S. first faces Scotland on Nov. 15 at Hampden Park in Glasgow (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas), then four days later will play Austria for the first time since 1998 when they meet at Ernst-Happel-Stadion on Vienna (2:45 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network and UniMas). Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.
The team is gathering Monday afternoon in Glasgow.
"We are excited about the group we have coming in and the big opportunity to finish the year on a high note," said Klinsmann. "We want to use these games to prove a point and see that our players are continuing to improve as we build towards the World Cup. The results in MLS wound up fitting in with our roster plans,so we didn't need to call in any guys who are still in the playoffs. There are some injuries issues that now give other players the chance to step up."
The United States is concluding a tremendous year, highlighted by reaching the World Cup final competition for the seventh-consecutive time. The USA finished in first place in qualifying in the CONCACAF region for the third straight time, collected a perfect 5-0-0 record at home in the final round, with all wins coming by shutout. After completing a team-record 12-game winning streak, the U.S. has won 16 games in 2013, already a team high for a calendar year.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (7) : DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Michael Orozco (Puebla)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (6) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
- Clint Dempsey has six goals in 2013, which equals a career high that he set last year.
- Tim Howard, who wore the captain's armband in the 2-0 win against Jamaica on Oct. 11, has 33 career shutouts for the United States, holding second place all-time ahead of National Soccer Hall of Famer Tony Meola. Howard has recorded six shutouts for Everton this season and has not surrendered a goal in the last 330 minutes of league play.
- Jozy Altidore has eight goals this year and 21 all-time, including four in World Cup Qualifiers. He set a team record by scoring in five-consecutive games (6/2-8/14), and with his three-goal performance against Bosnia became the third player to score two career hat tricks for the U.S. National Team, joining Donovan and Peter Millar.
- DaMarcus Beasley, who captained the team in the Gold Cup, has 15 starts in 2013, the most of any U.S. player, and is tied in appearances with Eddie Johnson.
- Johnson has accumulated five goals and one assist. He scored the goal that completed the USA’s quest to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil, netting the opening goal in the 2-0 win against Mexico .
- Michael Bradley is back in the roster after suffering an ankle sprain in pre-game warm-ups before the qualifier on Sept. 6 in Costa Rica. He recently returned to action for Roma, and scored the game-winner in their 1-0 win against Udinese on Oct. 27. Roma are in first place in Serie A, one point ahead of Juventus.
- Jermaine Jones (Schalke) and Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht) are the only two U.S. players involved in the UEFA Champions League this season.
- Kljestan has scored seven league goals for Anderlecht, already a personal best. He had scored in three straight matches heading into this weekend.
- Alejandro Bedoya, who transferred to Nantes in Ligue 1 in France this summer, got on the scoresheet for the first time in his international career when he tallied in the 6-0 win against Guatemala on July 5 in San Diego. Bedoya has become a regular in the squad that currently sits in fourth place in the table.
- Beasley and Bedoya both had career stops at Rangers in Glasgow. Beasley spent three seasons in Scotland, winning back-to-back Scottish Premier League titles in 2008/09 and 2009/10. Bedoya played in the 2011/12 campaign, and then departing following Rangers drop to Division Three.
- Eric Lichaj will join the U.S. roster for the first time since Klinsmann took over as head coach. The 24-year-old has eight career caps, the last coming in the 2011 Gold Cup final.
- AZ Alkmaar striker Aron Johannsson has posted 14 goals in all competitions this season, including nine in league play. He scored two on the weekend, netting both in the 2-2 draw at Feyenoord. Johannsson scored the game-winning goal against Panama in the USA’s last World Cup Qualifier in the 2014 cycle, a 3-2 win on Oct. 15 in Panama City. Born in Mobile, Ala., he completed his change of association from Iceland in time to enter as a substitute in the 63rd minute of the USA’s 4-3 win against Bosnia.
- Terrence Boyd has six goals in league play for Rapid Vienna in this campaign and 10 in all competitions. He’s coming of scoring both goals in a 2-2 draw against Genk in the Europa League.
- Mix Diskerud has appeared in 11 of the USA’s last 12 matches dating back to July 5 against Guatemala. He played in all six matches in the 2013 Gold Cup winning run, and started the last two qualifiers. The United States holds an unbeaten record of 12-0-2 all-time in games in which Diskerud has appeared.
- Brad Evans scored the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win in Jamaica on June 7 in Kingston . Recording his first goal for the MNT, his strike in the second-minute of second half stoppage time handed the U.S. a huge three points. He has started at right back for the last seven games in which he was available, including five World Cup Qualifiers.
- Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks gets his second look with the Senior Team. The 20-year-old dual citizen of the United States and Germany has made one previous appearance, having started in the win against Bosnia.
- Brek Shea is back in the squad for the first time since helping the U.S. to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title. Shea scored the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 win against Panama in the championship final.
- Edgar Castillo, Landon Donovan, Clarence Goodson and Brad Guzan are all nursing injuries and not available for selection.