US soccer announces roster to face France, Slovenia
For the last time in 2011, the Yanks are shipping out.
US men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Tuesday announced his 22-man roster for of friendlies against France at the Stade de France in Paris (Nov. 11, 3 pm ET on ESPN/Univisión) and against Slovenia at Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana (Nov. 15, 1 pm ET on ESPN2/Galavisión). The friendlies will be the national team's final matches of the year.
Five MLS players will be joining the US camp — Klinsmann's third since being named head coach — including Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman and LA Galaxy captain Landon Donovan.
RSL advanced to the Western Conference Championship on Wednesday by virtue of a 3-2 aggregate win over the Seattle Sounders, while Donovan's Galaxy look to do the same on Thursday against the Red Bulls after taking a 1-0 lead in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals. According to a press release by the US Soccer Federation, if either player advances to MLS Cup, they will be released after the match against France.
They're among five call-ups from Major League Soccer's ranks, including D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, Columbus Crew winger Robbie Rogers and FC Dallas attacker Brek Shea.
The US camp also welcomes two German-American debutants. Hertha Berlin defender Alfredo Morales has earned his first call-up to the US senior team after stints with the U-20 team, while Hoffenheim's Fabian Johnson will join the squad in his second call-up after missing out in the Yanks' September friendlies against Costa Rica and Belgium due to complications in changing his international affiliation. Johnson had previous played for Germany's youth national teams.
"These games are valuable opportunities for us as we continue to explore and evaluate everyone in the national team program," said Klinsmann in a statement. "We have started to build a foundation on our playing style, and every time we are together, the team gets a more precise picture of how I want to see things done on the field. We want to continue to progress so we are able to challenge teams like France, who have earned their place as one of the top 15 teams in the world."
Players begin arriving on Friday in Paris for the final camp of 2011.
US NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton/England)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers/Scotland), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg/Germany), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/Germany), Clarence Goodson (Brøndby/Denmark), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin/Germany), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis/Mexico), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon/Portugal)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona/Italy), Clint Dempsey (Fulham/England), Maurice Edu (Rangers/Scotland), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/Germany), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04/Germany), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim/Germany)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico), Edson Buddle (Ingolstadt/Germany), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)