USMNT Report: Lineup Serves Different Purposes

USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann announces 23-man lineup for Wednesday’s friendly with Bosnia-Herzegovina
by Herb Scribner   |   Monday, August 12, 2013

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United States Men’s National Team manager Jurgen Klinsmann announced today his 23-man lineup for training sessions ahead of this Wednesday’s clash with Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Here’s an overview of the roster:

GK: Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)

DEF: John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)

MID: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Reading)

FWD: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

This lineup operates on a few different levels. Firstly, Klinsmann has decided to bring back some familiar faces from the World Cup Qualifiers earlier this year. Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Brad Evans and Jermaine Jones highlighted the WCQ squad that secured – at least temporarily – the top spot in the Hexagonal, and they will all be returning for Wednesday’s friendly.

Bradley, Altidore and Jones will likely be featured in the WCQs in September, so this upcoming friendly will tune them up and keep their legs fresh after serving a couple of months in the offseason. Many might expect their fellow A squad teammate Clint Dempsey to get a cap, but he won’t be included in this squad mainly because he’s recently shifted clubs, and it’s been reported that Klinsmann wants to give Dempsey time to settle in Seattle.

Klinsmann’s squad also kicks off the integration between the Gold Cup lineup and those who played in the qualifiers. Mix Diskerud has found his way back to the red, white and blue, and he’ll be a welcomed asset since he is still in-form as he was for the regional competition. Joe Corona also returns to the roster, which is well-deserved after his excellent performance in the Gold Cup. Eddie Johnson continues his string of call-ups, too. Though he struggled to perform in the Gold Cup consistently, he spent a lot of time on the pitch, and that could come in handy against the Dragons, who are ranked 13th by FIFA.

The absence of Landon Donovan may be striking at first, seeing as he was the USMNT's top performer this summer. But it's important to remember that Donovan is slowly being brought into the Team USA discussion. A part of that includes him waiting for a more important and meaningful set of games (like this fall's WCQs) to get called up again.

Lastly, and maybe most importantly, Klinsmann has decided to call up some younger players. Aron Johannsson is a welcomed addition, and may be more of a power move by Klinsmann to secure Johannsson’s eligibility. While it’s unlikely John Anthony Brooks, Cody Cooper or Bobby Wood will make the World Cup squad next summer, bringing them in adds to the German and foreign influence Klinsmann has brought to the team. And instead of giving a call-up to a player who Klinsmann has already seen, he’s testing the waters with some of the younger Americans who have been performing well abroad.

Bosnia-Herzegovina will be a tough foe for the Americans, regardless of what squad takes the field. But Klinsmann’s lineup is a blend of established talent, recently rising stars and the upcoming youth. And by bringing in this mix of old and new, Klinsmann’s lineup certainly serves a few different purposes.

NEXT UP: August 14 – Friendly: United States vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. 2:30 p.m. EST, ESPN2.


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