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PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
Jozy Altidore F 6-1 175 11/6/89 Boca Raton, Fla. Sunderland (England)
Matt Besler D 6-0 170 2/11/87 Overland Park, Kan. Sporting Kansas City
Steve Birnbaum D 6-2 180 1/23/91 Newport, Calif. D.C. United
Michael Bradley M 6-2 175 7/31/87 Manhattan Beach, Calif. Toronto FC
Clint Dempsey F 6-1 170 3/9/83 Nacogdoches, Texas Seattle Sounders FC
Mix Diskerud M 6-0 150 10/2/90 Oslo, Norway New York City FC
Luis Gil M 5-9 155 11/14/93 Garden Grove, Calif. Real Salt Lake
Matt Hedges D 6-4 190 4/1/90 Rochester, N.Y. FC Dallas
Miguel Ibarra F 5-7 135 3/15/90 Lancaster, Calif. Minnesota United FC
Sean Johnson GK 6-3 215 5/31/89 Lilburn, Ga. Chicago Fire
Jermaine Jones M 6-0 170 11/3/81 Chicago, Ill. New England Revolution
Jon Kempin GK 6-1 170 4/8/93 Overland Park, Kan. Sporting KC
Perry Kitchen M 6-0 160 2/29/92 Indianapolis, Ind. D.C. United
Lee Nguyen M 5-8 150 10/7/86 McKinney, Texas New England Revolution
Shane O'Neill D 6-2 190 9/2/93 Boulder, Colo. Colorado Rapids
Nick Rimando GK 5-11 180 6/17/79 Montclair, Calif. Real Salt Lake
Dillon Serna M 5-7 145 3/25/94 Brighton, Colo. Colorado Rapids
Brek Shea M 6-3 180 2/28/90 Bryan, Texas Orlando City SC
Wil Trapp M 5-10 150 1/15/93 Gahanna, Ohio Columbus Crew SC
Chris Wondolowski F 6-0 165 1/28/83 Danville, Calif. San Jose Earthquakes
Bobby Wood F 5-10 165 11/15/92 Irvine, Calif. 1860 Munich (Germany)
Gyasi Zardes F 6-2 175 9/2/91 Hawthorne, Calif. LA Galaxy
DeAndre Yedlin D 5-8 150 7/9/93 Seattle, Wash. Seattle Sounders FC

Klinsmann and Dempsey Preview Chile

Description: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and captain Clint Dempsey talk about facing a talented Chilean team Wednesday night at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua.

U.S. MNT Opens 2015 Campaign in Chile on Jan. 28 at Rancagua

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Chile
International Friendly
Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile
Jan. 28, 2015

U.S. MNT OPENS 2015 CAMPAIGN IN CHILE: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Chile to open its 2015 schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and will be live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and the Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

This marks the USA’s first international friendly in South America since the team’s 2-1 victory against Chile on Jan. 29, 2000. The U.S. is 1-4-1 all-time in South American-based friendlies, with the USA also playing Bolivia to a scoreless draw on Jan. 24, 1999.

KLINSMANN NAMES 23 FOR TWO FRIENDLIES: USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named a 23-player roster for the team’s international friendlies against Chile and Panama, including nine players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster. After the Jan. 28 match against Chile, the USA returns to U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California, in preparation for the Feb. 8 home opener against Panama. Kickoff at StubHub Center is at 1 p.m. PT and will be live on ESPN, UniMas and the Univision Deportes Network. Fans can purchase tickets through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. PT).

U.S. Men’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

2015 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 28

Chile

6 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN

Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile

Feb. 8

Panama

4 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, UDN

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 25

Denmark

3 p.m.

ESPN2, UniMas, UDN

TBD

March 31

Switzerland

12 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN

Stadion Letzigrund; Zurich, Switzerland

April 15

Mexico

TBD

FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN

Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas

June 5

Netherlands

TBD

ESPN2, UniMas, UDN

TBD

June 10

Germany

TBD

FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN

Rhein Energie Stadion; Cologne, Germany

USA VS. CHILE:

  • The United States is 3-4-2 all-time against Chile in a series that dates back to the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
  • Chile won the first meeting between the two sides, posting a 5-2 victory on July 2, 1950, knocking the USA out of the World Cup, just three days after the U.S. posted its historic 1-0 win against England on June 29.
  • Chile had the upper hand in the series, going 4-0-1 in the first five meetings and outscoring the U.S. by a 14-4 margin.
  • Since then, the U.S. is in the midst of a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1) against Chile that started with a 2-1 victory on July 8, 1995, in the teams’ opener of the 1995 Copa America in Paysandu, Uruguay. Eric Wynalda scored both goals for the USA. The U.S. would reach the tournament semifinals and Wynalda would earn all-tournament team recognition.
  • After the Copa America, the USA earned two more 2-1 wins against Chile in international friendlies. The first came on Feb. 21, 1999, at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as midfielders Ben Olsen and Eddie Lewis each scored their first international goals . Lewis played a significant role one year later, scoring the opening goal and assisting Cobi Jones’ game-winner in the 88th minute for a 2-1 victory on Jan. 29, 2000, in Coquimbo, Chile.
  • In the most recent matchup, the USA and Chile played to a 1-1 draw on Jan. 22, 2011, in Carson, California. After falling behind early in the second half, Teal Bunbury tallied a game-tying penalty kick in the 75th minute.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Nine players were members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that traveled to Brazil and helped the USA advance out of the “Group of Death”: Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Mix Diskerud, Jermaine Jones, Nick Rimando, Chris Wondolowski and DeAndre Yedlin
  • Dempsey, Besler, Bradley and Jones were the only four who started in all four matches for the USA during the World Cup.
  • Dempsey became the first U.S. player to score in three World Cups after scoring seconds into the USA’s opening game against Ghana on June 16. Dempsey’s goal is the fifth-fastest in World Cup history.
  • Jones scored his first World Cup goal and fourth with the U.S. MNT against Portugal on June 22, an equalizer in the 64th minute from well outside the box after he picked up a loose ball from a U.S. corner kick.
  • Fourteen different Major League Soccer teams are represented on the roster, with no team having more than two members each.
  • Eight players will be looking to earn their first cap for the senior team: Steve Birnbaum, Matt Hedges, Jon Kempin, Perry Kitchen, Shane O’Neill, Dillon Serna, Wil Trapp and Gyasi Zardes.
  • After a terrific 2014 MLS season, midfielder Lee Nguyen was named to the MLS Best XI and was a finalist for the MLS MVP award. He returned to the U.S. MNT on Nov. 14, 2014, during a friendly against Colombia at Craven Cottage in London when he replaced Diskerud in the 78th minute. It marked his first appearance since 2007 and his fourth cap overall.
  • The camp marks the third-straight January camp call-up for Besler and second-straight for Gil and O’Neill.
  • Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first caps for the U.S. team in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the North American Soccer League.
  • Gil, O’Neill, Trapp and Yedlin were all part of the roster that traveled to Turkey to represent the USA in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U-20 MNT was unable to advance out of the group stage, but it did play eventual tournament champion France to a 1-1 draw. During the tournament in Turkey, Gil scored against Spain and O’Neill against Ghana. Gil, Trapp and Yedlin started all three matches of the tournament while O’Neill started the final two.
  • Gil, Kempin, O’Neill, Serna, Trapp, Bobby Wood and Yedlin would all be age-eligible to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
  • Nine players on the roster have ties to the Development Academy: Birnbaum (Pateadores), Gil (Pateadores), Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Serna (Colorado Rapids), Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy), Wood (Strikers FC), Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC) and Zardes (LA Galaxy).

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Clint Dempsey is currently tied with Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri for seventh all-time in career appearances with 110.
  • Dempsey is the second-leading goal scorer in MNT history with 39 goals, and he is tied for second all-time in assists (13) with DaMarcus Beasley.
  • Jozy Altidore’s penalty kick goal against Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014, boosted his career total to 25, good for sole possession of fifth place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time goal scoring list. Altidore passed Joe-Max Moore, who scored 24 goals in 100 games from 1992-2002. Altidore has 25 goals in 76 games.
  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark with 91 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is 18th on the MNT all-time list.
  • Bradley is ranked 10th all-time in career assists with 12, one behind Beasley and Dempsey. Bradley’s 12 goals tie him for 15th all-time with Frank Klopas and Clint Mathis.
  • Nick Rimando ranks sixth on the all-time wins list with 10. He has never lost a game for the National Team (10-0-2).
  • Chris Wondolowski is tied for 21st on the all-time list with nine goals in 25 games, sharing that place with Dominic Kinnear, Jovan Kirovski, Alexi Lalas, Peter Millar, Willy Roy and Josh Wolff. Wondolowski is one goal behind 20th-place Eddie Lewis (10 goals from 1996-2008).
  • USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (33-15-11) ranks third on the all-time wins list. Ahead of Klinsmann is Bruce Arena (71) and 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bradley (43).

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 4: Team-leading goals from Jozy Altidore in 2014
  • 8: Players on U.S. MNT roster seeking first international cap
  • 14: Chile’s current FIFA ranking
  • 25: Career goals by Altidore, who is fifth on the USA’s all-time list
  • 27: USA’s current FIFA ranking
  • 33: Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
  • 39: Career goals by Clint Dempsey, who is second on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list
  • 110: Career caps for Dempsey, who is tied for seventh all-time in USA history

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JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. Here is a look at the program’s achievements since that time:

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 33-15-11 record. He is third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Klinsmann (33), Bora Milutinovic (30) and Steve Sampson (26).
  • He won a record-setting 13 straight games at home from June 2, 2013, to Feb. 1, 2014, and has guided the team to an unbeaten record of 16-0-1 in its past 17 matches on home soil.
  • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
  • The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a tournament record 20 goals.
  • Committed to challenging the group against the best, under Klinsmann, the United States has a 2-3-2 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has also collected four historic victories:
    • Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time ever
    • Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
    • Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
    • Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match
  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, the USA’s two victories included a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Germany’s most high-profile club Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
Nov. 18, 2014 – Aviva Stadium; Dublin, Ireland – International Friendly

USA  1  Mix Diskerud 39
IRL  4  Anthony Pilkington 7, Robbie Brady 55, James McClean 82, Robbie Brady 86

Lineups:
USA: 22-Bill Hamid; 23-Fabian Johnson, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 21-Timmy Chandler (24-Jordan Morris, 76); 15-Kyle Beckerman (2-Tim Ream, 87); 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 10-Mix Diskerud (9-Rubio Rubin, 77), 4-Alfredo Morales (3-Greg Garza, 65); 18-Chris Wondolowski (19-Bobby Wood, 46), 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 1-Brad Guzan, 12-Nick Rimando, 14-Miguel Ibarra, 16-Julian Green, 25-Sean Johnson 
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

IRL: 23-Shay Given (22-Rob Elliot, 85); 6-Cyrus Christie, 20-Alex Pearce, 5-Ciaran Clark, 17-Robbie Brady; 13-Anthony Pilkington (11-James McClean, 64), 18-Stephen Quinn, 12-David Meyler (capt.); 14-Anthony Stokes (7-Aiden McGeady, 60); 21-David McGoldrick (9-Shane Long, 77), 10-Daryl Murphy (8-Jeff Hendrick, 77)
Subs Not Used: 2-Seamus Coleman, 4-John O’Shea, 15-Richard Keogh, 16-Darren Randolph, 19-Jon Walters
Head Coach: Martin O’Neill

On the field against Chile:
Jan. 22, 2011 – Home Depot Center; Carson, California – International Friendly

USA   1   Teal Bunbury (penalty) 75
CHI   1   Esteban Paredes 53

Lineups:
USA: 18-Nick Rimando (1-Sean Johnson, 46); 15-Sean Franklin, 5-Tim Ream, 4-Omar Gonzalez (2-Marvell Wynne, 46), 12-Zach Loyd (3-Anthony Wallace, 73); 8-Jeff Larentowicz, 10-Dax McCarty (capt.); 7-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Eric Alexander, 83) 16-Mix Diskerud, 21-Brek Shea (17-Juan Agudelo, 60); 11-Chris Wondolowski (9-Teal Bunbury, 60)
Subs not used: 6-A.J. DeLaGarza
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

CHI: 1-Paulo Garces, 16-Paulo Maglhaes, 5-Sebastian Toro, 2-Eugenio Mena, 3-Juan Abarca, 8-Fernando Meneses (capt.), 6-Francisco Silva, 20-Luis Pedro Figueroa (14-Felipe Seymour, 46), 9-Esteban Paredes, 18-Edson Puch, 10-Daude Gazele (4-Lucas Dominguez, 71)
Subs not used: 7-Franco Ragusa, 11-Felipe Gutierrez, 12-Raul Olivares, 13-Santiago Dittborn, 15-Nicolas Mancilla
Head Coach: Marcelo Bielsa

In Focus: Chile

The U.S. Men's National Team faces 14th-ranked Chile on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua (6 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network).

IN FOCUS: CHILE
Football Federation of Chile (Federación de Fútbol de Chile)
Founded: 1895
FIFA affiliation: 1913
Head Coach: Jorge Sampaoli
FIFA World Ranking: 14
Best World Cup Finish: 1962 (third place)

CHILE ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Paulo Garcés (Colo-Colo), Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile)
DEFENDERS (7): Juan Cornejo (Audax Italiano), Paulo Díaz (Palestino), Gonzalo Fierro (Colo-Colo), Osvaldo González (Universidad de Chile), Erick Pulgar (Universidad Católica), José Rojas (Universidad de Chile), Cristián Suárez (Universidad de Chile)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Bryan Carrasco (Audax Italiano), Gonzalo Espinoza (Universidad de Chile), Marco Medel (Santiago Wanderers), Diego Valdés (Audax Italiano), Jaime Valdés (Colo-Colo), César Valenzuela (Palestino)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Delgado (Colo-Colo), Mark González (Universidad Católica), Roberto Gutiérrez (Universidad Católica), Ángelo Sagal (Huachipato), Andrés Vilches (Huachipato)

CHILE ROSTER NOTES:

  • Chile’s roster features two members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad: defender José Rojas and goalkeeper Johnny Herrera.
  • Rojas played in seven World Cup qualifying matches and also featured once in the FIFA World Cup, coming off the bench during Chile’s shootout loss in the Round of 16 against Brazil on June 28.
  • Herrera served as a backup goalkeeper during the FIFA World Cup. He featured in two matches at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, including a 4-1 loss in Group C play against the U.S. U-20 MNT on June 20.
  • Chile advanced out of a difficult Group B at the 2014 FIFA World Cup that featured group winner and eventual third-place tournament finisher the Netherlands, defending champion Spain (won the 2010 FIFA World Cup) and Australia. Chile earned a 3-1 win against Australia and a 2-0 victory against Spain and fell to the Netherlands 2-0.
  • Playing in just his second game and first start with Chile’s senior team, 21-year-old forward Juan Delgado scored a goal to lead his side to a 1-0 victory against Haiti on Sept. 9, 2014, at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Defender Cristián Suárez was a member of Chile’s U-20 squad at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, starting on the back line during the team’s 1-0 victory in the third-place match against Austria on July 22 at National Soccer Stadium in Toronto.
  • Defender Paulo Díaz is the son of former Chile center back Ítalo Díaz, who featured twice for the national team in 2001.

Photo Gallery: MNT Trains in Chile - Day 2

Photos from the U.S. MNT's second day of training in Santiago, Chile, ahead of the team's showdown against Chile on Wednesday. The match kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. 

Around the World in a Day: Yedlin Joins MNT in Santiago from London

Of the 23 names announced by U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the USA’s opening match of 2015 against Chile, the most unexpected was newly minted Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin. One of the players who captured the imagination of fans at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he is only a few weeks into his tenure in North London and still rounding into form. And that, along with his versatility and ability, is what landed him in Santiago. 

“Obviously, he’s not in the first 18 yet in Tottenham. I follow that, I’m in touch with the club,” Klinsmann said when speaking of his decision to bring Yedlin to Chile. “He helps us have more width in our game and have more cards to play with, basically. We have two friendlies and it might be a good idea to help him get in games and then prepare him back for Tottenham. He’s mainly here because he helps us have more variety in our game. In a certain way, he also came from off-season going into Tottenham. I see him still basically being in preseason for his big adventure so it’s a win-win for both of us.” 

The young defender is relishing the opportunity to spend some time training at a high level with the National Team. His leap across the pond allowed him to get some Spurs practices under his belt; however, the call from Klinsmann to join the U.S. in South America as the MNT prepares to face fellow World Cup side Chile on Jan. 28 in Rancagua has put a pause on his new adventure. The move is a positive one, as both he and Tottenham know that the best way to get back into competitive form is to play meaningful minutes on the field. 

“I think at the time with Spurs I’m obviously just training and not getting a ton of games because I still need to get my fitness up,” Yedlin said. “But I think it allowed me to get time with the National Team, which is always good, and hopefully get some games in. Game fitness is obviously the most important thing, so I think they saw a positive in it, I saw positive in it, and this will work out for everyone.” 

The month of January has been a special one as he gets used to his surroundings in arguably the most popular league in the world. 

“It’s been great. I have just been introduced to the club, to the fans and had a chance to experience the incredible atmosphere at home games,” said Yedlin of his new situation. “It’s really just right now working on getting that preseason rust off, then hopefully getting into form to where I can play. In the meantime, I’m thrilled to back in with the National Team. We have a huge year coming up, and I want to be a part of it as much as possible.”

Photo Gallery: MNT Trains in Chile

Photos from the U.S. MNT's first training session in Chile ahead of its first international friendly of 2015 against Chile at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

From Generation to Generation

The veteran players in the MNT camp are in a position to mentor the youngsters, and also believe the new guys have something to offer in return.

See You in Santiago

All the routes for the 23-player travel roster for the U.S. Men’s National Team led to Chile, but they took slightly different directions and presented a rare challenge for team administrator Jon Fleishman.

As a starting point, there weren’t enough seats on one plane for the nearly 12-hour flight from Los Angeles to Chile to accommodate the U.S. delegation. So the group was divided with 12 players and the backroom staff flying from LA with a layover in Lima, Peru (which required a 90-minute layover for refueling, plane cleaning and the addition/subtraction of passengers, all without the MNT de-boarding the plane). That contingent arrived around 6:30 a.m. in Santiago and took the 25-minute bus ride downtown. Meanwhile, a group of 10 players actually left earlier than the LA group, heading to Houston for a change of planes before heading south. Ironically, they would touch down nearly three hours later than the LA departees, pulling into the hotel in time for a late breakfast.

So that adds up to 22 players coming from the United States. The 23rd?  That would be DeAndre Yedlin, who was summoned by Jurgen Klinsmann late Thursday after discussions with Tottenham Hotspur management. His travel route from across the pond had him arriving in town Sunday morning from London via Paris after a flight time of 14.5 hours. Special thanks to the Chilean Federation for making this an incredibly smooth journey for the team.

Needless to say, after a light afternoon session it will be lights out early for the MNT with kickoff just over 72 hours away.

Klinsmann Names 23-Player U.S. MNT Roster for Friendlies against Chile and Panama

CHICAGO (Jan. 24, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named a 23-player roster for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Panama, including nine players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster.

The group will travel to Santiago on Saturday morning in advance of the USA’s opening match of 2015 when it takes on Chile on Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Rancagua. Kickoff at Estadio El Teniente is set for 6 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and the Univision Deportes Network.

“These guys have put in a lot of work these past two weeks of training for what is essentially their preseason, and now it’s time to focus on getting a result against a difficult opponent in Chile,” said Klinsmann. “We know it’s going to be a challenging situation, but these are the types of opportunities we need to keep growing.”

The camp that began on Jan. 12 at the National Training Center in Carson, California, included 28 players. Jozy Altidore and Matt Hedges were brought into the group, while Brad Evans was forced to depart with tendinitis in his left knee. Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin will meet the team in Chile.

Meanwhile, six players have been released back to their clubs: Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Alex Bono (Toronto FC), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Dennis Flores (Club Leon) Julio Morales (Tepic) and Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy), and Liverpool midfielder Marc Pelosi will remain in the area and rejoin the group when it returns to Los Angeles.

“This was a really important experience for these U-23 players,” Klinsmann said. “They got a great introduction into the senior National Team program, and had the opportunity to work with Andi Herzog and our staff as we build toward Olympic qualifying in the fall. They put in a tremendous amount of work and we learned a lot about them. We appreciate the effort and will continue to monitor them in their club situations.”

The camp culminates with a friendly against the Panama on Sunday, Feb. 8, in Carson. Kickoff at StubHub Center is set for 1 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow U.S. MNT matches live on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

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U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

ROSTER NOTES

  • Nine players on the camp were members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that traveled to Brazil and helped the USA advance out of the “Group of Death”: Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Mix Diskerud, Jermaine Jones, Nick Rimando, Chris Wondolowski and DeAndre Yedlin
  • Dempsey, Besler, Bradley and Jones were the only four who started in all four matches for the USA during the World Cup.
  • Dempsey became the first U.S. player to score in three World Cups after scoring seconds into the USA’s opening game against Ghana on June 16. Dempsey’s goal is the fifth-fastest in World Cup history.
  • Jones scored his first World Cup goal and fourth with the U.S. MNT against Portugal on June 22, an equalizer in the 64th minute from well outside the box after he picked up a loose ball from a U.S. corner kick.
  • Fourteen different Major League Soccer teams are represented on the roster, with no team having more than two members each.
  • After Dempsey (110 caps/39 goals), Bradley is the most experienced member of the camp with 91 career caps and 12 goals. Conversely, eight players will be looking to earn their first cap for the senior team.
  • Rimando, who is participating in his seventh January camp, has 16 caps in his career and boasts a 10-0-2 record with four shutouts.
  • Gyasi Zardes is making his first camp appearance for the USA.
  • After a terrific 2014 MLS season, midfielder Lee Nguyen was named to the MLS Best XI and was a finalist for the MLS MVP award. He returned to the U.S. MNT on Nov. 14, 2014, during a friendly against Colombia at Craven Cottage in London when he replaced Diskerud in the 78th minute. It marked his first appearance since 2007 and his fourth cap overall.
  • The camp marks the third-straight January camp call-up for Besler and second-straight for Luis Gil and Shane O’Neill.
  • Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first caps for the U.S. team in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the North American Soccer League.
  • Gil, O’Neill, Wil Trapp and Yedlin were all part of the roster that traveled to Turkey to represent the USA in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U-20 MNT was unable to advance out of the group stage, but it did play eventual tournament champion France to a 1-1 draw. During the tournament in Turkey, Gil scored against Spain and O’Neill against Ghana. Gil, Trapp and Yedlin started all three matches of the tournament while O’Neill started the final two.
  • Gil, Jon Kempin, O’Neill, Dillon Serna, Sorto, Trapp, Bobby Wood and Yedlin would all be age-eligible to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
  • Nine players have ties to the Development Academy: Steve Birnbaum (Pateadores), Gil (Pateadores), Kempin (Sporting KC), O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Serna (Colorado Rapids), Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy), Wood (Strikers FC), Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC) and Zardes (LA Galaxy).

Inside Draft Day with Alex Bono

Alex Bono couldn't be at the MLS Super Draft because of a surprise call-up to the U.S. Men's National Team. How he found it which team drafted him was even more surprising.
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