Klinsmann named USA 26 players for training camp


Landon Donovan among the 26

CHICAGO (Sporting Alert) — American head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named a 26 man roster for a January training camp on Friday.

The training camp, which runs from Jan. 6-Feb. 1, is being used as part of the preparation for the 2014 World Cup tournament. The camp will start in Carson, California., on Jan. 6 and continue in Sao Paolo, Brazil, from Jan. 13-25.

The team will then return to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center for a final assessment, US Soccer announced on its website at www.ussoccer.com.

“We are all very excited for this camp because, as a team, it will give us our first taste of Brazil,” said Klinsmann. “This is a very important camp in our preparations for the World Cup.

“It’s important for the players to continue developing their bond and sense of urgency for the tournament.

“It’s important for us to see how they do in Brazil, how the new players fit with the group and to make sure everyone is focused on reaching the highest level for next summer.”

GOALKEEPERS (4): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (10): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids), Chance Myers (Sporting Kansas City), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Seth Sinovic (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) – See more at: