Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jurgen Klinsmann named an initial roster of 16
players Tuesday to prepare for World Cup qualifying, with the remainder of the
squad to be released early next week.
Klinsmann named a mostly European-based squad, with goalkeeper Tim Howard and
forward Clint Dempsey among the group. Two Major League Soccer players, Nick
Rimando and Kyle Beckerman of Real Salt Lake, were also named to the team.
"All the players coming now for this very special four-week period represent
our core," Klinsmann said. "It's a clear signal to other players that right
now it's down to business.
"We're playing World Cup qualifiers. It's not about experimenting or seeing
different players, it's about who we think are the best."
The Americans play friendlies against Scotland and Brazil before the start of
World Cup qualifying on June 8 against Antigua & Barbuda.
Following is the initial roster:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando
(Real Salt Lake).
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Steve
Cherundolo (Hannover), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin).
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo), Joe
Corona (Tijuana), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine
Jones (Schalke), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim).
FORWARD: Clint Dempsey (Fulham).
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