U.S. Announces Roster for World Cup Qualifiers
Yesterday, U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann announced the 25-man roster available for the two upcoming World Cup Qualifying matches vs. Jamaica. This large roster yielded few surprises with all the big names and recent regulars getting the call to report to Miami for training outside of Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley, who will both miss these important games because of leg injuries.
The U.S. first travels to Kingston, Jamaica to take on the Reggae Boyz this Friday, September 7th (8 pm ET, beIN SPORT) and then immediately fly back to the States to face the same squad on Tuesday, September 11th at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (8 pm ET, ESPN2).
Thus far the Yanks have accumulated 4 points in qualifying after a pair of matches in July, of which the Americans recorded a win vs. Antigua & Barbuda and a hard fought draw against Guatemala on the road. As a result, the U.S. lead Group A in the Semifinal Round of CONCACAF Qualifying, but are level with Jamaica on points and only have the edge due to goal differential.
Here is the full U.S. Roster....
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos)
Roster Notes -
1. Josh Gatt was scratched from the roster shortly following the initial announcement after picking up a hamstring injury Sunday afternoon (no replacement is expected)
2. Sean Johnson will serve as the 3rd choice keeper in the first match while Nick Rimando will fill that role for the home leg, as Real Salt Lake wanted to have Rimando available for their September 6th league game vs. Houston
3. Although Bolton Wanderers announced Tim Ream would make the U.S. squad he was surprisingly left off the roster....Reason: FIFA requires national teams to submit a preliminary roster 15 days prior to international matches, however this list further gets divided between a final roster and a standby list according to Klinsmann. In this case Ream received the initial invite and then was placed on the standby list, which was what led to the confusion.
Also, here is Jamaica’s roster:
Goalkeepers: Dwayne Miller (Syrianska, Sweden), Duwayne Kerr (Strommen, Noway), Jacomeno Barrett (Montego Bay)
Defenders: Adrian Mariappa (Reading, England), Nyron Nosworthy (Reading), Shavar Thomas (Montreal Impact), Dicoy Williams (Toronto FC), Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo), O’Brian Woodbine (VPS, Finland), Lovel Palmer (Portland Timbers)
Midfielders: Andrae Campbell (Waterhouse), Rudolph Austin (Leeds, England), Jason Morrison (Aaelsund, Norway), Jevaughn Watson (Houston Dynamo), Ewan Grandison (Portmore), Joel Senior (Harbour View), Luton Shelton (Karabukspor, Turkey), Dane Richards (Vancouver Whitecaps), Tremaine Stewart (Aaelsund, Norway)
Forwards: Errol Stevens (Arnett Gardens), Ryan Johnson (Toronto FC), Omar Cummings (Colorado Rapids), Kavin Bryan (Song Lam Nghe An, Vietnam), Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps)