The framework of this January camp built by U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is “identification and development,” and that theme plays through the list of goalkeepers. While the coach has made it clear that the three ‘keepers who represented the team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil - Brad Guzan, Tim Howard and Nick Rimando – remain at the top of the pecking order, he has an opportunity to look towards the future with this group in Carson.
Fortunately, the U.S. has a long history of producing international-level goalkeepers. Here’s a snapshot of the guys getting a look this month:
Luis Robles – New York Red Bulls
Robles was named 2015 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and earned 2015 MLS Best XI honors. The Fort Huachuca, Arizona, native last appeared for the MNT in 2009 as the third goalkeeper during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, followed by his lone MNT appearance in a 2-2 draw with Haiti on July 11 in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Sean Johnson – Chicago Fire
The 26-year-old has earned five career caps since his MNT debut on Jan. 22, 2011 against Chile. He most recently stopped five shots on goal in 45 minutes of action, completing a 2-0 shutout against Panama at StubHub Center on Feb. 8, 2015. The Lilburn, Georgia, native is entering his seventh season with the Chicago Fire.
D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid was originally on the camp roster, but was replaced by Johnson after he picked up an injury shortly before the start of camp.David Bingham – San Jose Earthquakes
The 26-year-old, sixth-year pro is making his first appearance at a MNT camp. In 2015, he started all 34 matches and tied the San Jose Earthquakes’ club record with 12 clean sheets.