MNT Nov 12, 2012
In discussing today's roster, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann talked about the importance of including players from the "next generation":
“Calling in players like Mix Diskerud, Joe Gyau and Joshua Gatt is a clear signal to this generation of players that we are watching you, follow you, and want to help you get to the next level. This is a first taste for them and what it means to be with the senior National Team. They can train alongside guys like Timmy Howard, Jermaine Jones and Carlos Bocanegra and say ‘I want to get to this level.’ It’s also really an opportunity for them to come in, get accepted right away and show what they can do. Maybe they will even get some minutes in the game against Russia. It also means for them that they go back to their clubs with bigger expectations. We will tell them that now we expect you to become starters in your club team, break through there and get even hungrier. So it’s important that we give these guys the opportunity to join us.”
Throw in Terrence Boyd, and you have four players who were part of the previous U-23 MNT cycle. And that's not the only connection.
Harken back to Nov. 17, 2010, and the Nelson Mandela Challenge against South Africa. Both Agudelo and Diskerud earned their first caps, with Agudelo becoming the first Development Academy alumnus to play for the senior National Team. The two made the opportunity count, with Diskerud teeing up Agudelo for the game-winning goal, making him the youngest goalscorer for the United States in the modern era. Watch the highlight below: