CHICAGO (Jan. 16, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in forward Jozy Altidore for the MNT training camp in Carson, California.
With Altidore’s inclusion, the U.S. MNT’s 29-player roster now features eight members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup team that advanced out of the “Group of Death” against eventual tournament winner Germany, Ghana and Portugal.
The USA is in the midst of a nearly month-long camp that includes a Jan. 28 match against fellow 2014 FIFA World Cup side Chile in Rancagua, followed by the USA’s first home international friendly of the year against Panama on Feb. 8 in Carson (TICKETS).
Earlier Friday, Altidore transferred from Premier League side Sunderland to Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC as a designated player. The USA camp roster now features three Toronto FC players, including midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Alex Bono, who was selected by Toronto with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday.
Also Friday, defender Brad Evans was diagnosed with tendonitis in his left knee, forcing him to withdraw from the MNT training camp. On Thursday, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann added FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges to the roster.
The camp, which kicked off Jan. 12 and runs through Feb. 8, is being conducted across two continents. After 12 days in California, the team will head to Santiago, Chile, for training from Jan. 25-29 as it prepares for its first friendly of the year against fellow 2014 FIFA World Cup side Chile on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET, and will be live on FOX Sports 2, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. The USA will then return to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center.
The U.S. MNT’s training camp culminates with a friendly against Panama on Feb. 8 in Carson. Kickoff at StubHub Center is set for 1 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can follow both matches live on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alex Bono (Toronto FC), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Dennis Flores (Club Leon), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
FORWARDS (7): Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julio Morales (Tepic), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)