Gold Cup: Jurgen Klinsmann names veteran US roster led by Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore

Jurgen Klinsmann remains committed to blooding a new generation of talent, but those efforts won't get in the way of his No. 1 desire this summer: winning the Gold Cup with the US national team.

On Tuesday afternoon, Klinsmann named a veteran-laden 23-man roster that will chase a second consecutive Gold Cup title, one which would see the USMNT qualify automatically for the 2017 Confederations Cup. Following the group stage, Klinsmann will have the option of replacing up to six players with others named to the USA's 35-man provisional roster.

The group includes 12 players hailing from Major League Soccer, led by captain Clint Dempsey and Toronto FC duo Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore. Also among the 23 are Real Salt Lake stalwarts Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman, LA Galaxy duo Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes, Brad Evans (Seattle), Brad Davis (Houston), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC), Mix Diskerud (NYC) and Chris Wondolowski (SJ). Eight of the 12 players named to the provisional roster but left off the 23-man squad for the group stages are also based in MLS.

The remaining 11 players ply their trade in England (Brad Guzan, DeAndre Yedlin, Tim Ream), Germany (John Brooks, Timothy Chandler, Fabian Johnson, Alfredo Morales), Mexico (William Yarbrough, Ventura Alvarado), France (Alejandro Bedoya) and the Netherlands (Aron Johannsson).

Noticeably absent were Sporting KC central defender Matt Besler, who started all four of the USMNT's games in Brazil, Orlando City's Brek Shea, who scored the game-winning goal in the 2013 Gold Cup final, and Stanford University striker Jordan Morris, who has impressed in 2015 despite retaining his amateur status.

Seventeen players from last summer's World Cup squad were included, with six (Bedoya, Diskerud, Gonzalez, Rimando, Beckerman and Wondolowski) also part of the 2013 Gold Cup squad that defeated Panama in Chicago to claim the championship. Wondolowski scored five goals in 2013 to tie for the Gold Cup Golden Boot award.

The USMNT has reached the the Gold Cup final in five straight tournaments and six of the last seven. Before 2013, the Americans' last title came in 2007 as Benny Feilhaber scored a famous winner against Mexico for a 2-1 victory.

GK

Brad Guzan

(Aston Villa)

GK

(Real Salt Lake)

GK

William Yarbrough

(Club Leon)

DEF

John Brooks

(Hertha BSC)

DEF

Ventura Alvarado

(Club America)

DEF

(LA Galaxy)

DEF

Timothy Chandler

(Eintracht Frankfurt)

DEF

(Seattle Sounders)

DEF

(Bolton)

DEF

Fabian Johnson

(Borussia Moenchengladbach)

MID

(Toronto FC)

MID

Alejandro Bedoya

(Nantes)

MID

(Real Salt Lake)

MID

(New York City FC)

MID

(Houston Dynamo)

MID

Alfredo Morales

(Ingolstadt 04)

MID

(LA Galaxy)

MID

(Tottenham Hotspur)

MID

(Sporting KC)

FWD

(Toronto FC)

FWD

(Seattle Sounders)

FWD

Aron Johannsson

(AZ Alkmaar)

FWD

(San Jose Earthquakes)

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