A week from today, Juergen Klinsmann will open the most important training camp of his U.S. men’s national team coaching tenure, a 10-day session in Orlando leading to three friendlies and two World Cup qualifiers.
All of the usual suspects who are willing and able are expected to receive invitations. Klinsmann will call in as many as 29 players before cutting the roster to 23 on the eve of the May 26 friendly against Scotland in Jacksonville.
He will reveal the camp roster in two stages and welcome players on those same days: the foreign-based players next Tuesday and the MLS invitees May 20.
Why a two-part process? Most of the Americans abroad will have completed their league schedules and are available to join camp right away. The MLS players remain in-season and, to further evaluate and watch for injuries, Klinsmann will wait to announce their inclusion after the May 19 league matches.
Once the roster goes down to 23 on May 25, Klinsmann doesn’t plan to make changes between the matches over the 18-day stretch — unless, perhaps, injuries occur.
The USA schedule:
May 26: Scotland in Jacksonville
May 30: Brazil in Landover, Md.
June 3: Canada in Toronto
June 8: Antigua & Barbuda* in Tampa
June 12: Guatemala* in Guatemala City
*2014 World Cup qualifier, semifinal round