Klinsmann sets U.S. roster for qualifier

February 4, 2013

Juergen Klinsmann has set a 24-man U.S. national team roster for the World Cup qualifier at Honduras on Wednesday…..

Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire).

Defenders: Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg).

Midfielders: Michael Bradley (Roma), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor), Daniel Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Jose Torres (Tigres), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo).

Forwards: Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna).

Most of the squad has arrived and will practice in Miami this morning. A few will land this afternoon and meet the delegation for the charter flight to San Pedro Sula this evening.

Notable U.S. absences: Landon Donovan (contemplating international future); Steve Cherundolo (injured), Clarence Goodson (club’s winter break), Terrence Boyd (club’s winter break), Joe Corona, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Benny Feilhaber.

TV: beIN Sport and beIN Sport Spanish, at 4 p.m. ET (replays on both channels at 6:30 and 11 p.m.)

Honduras has made two roster changes because of injuries: forward Christian Altamirano (Marathon) for midfielder Andy Najar (Anderlecht) and Orlin Peralta (Vida) for Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

Other CONCACAF matches Wednesday:

Panama vs. Costa Rica, 9 p.m. on beIN Sport and beIN Sport Spanish

Mexico vs. Jamaica, 9:30 on ESPN and UniMas (formerly Telefutura)

U.S. roster by leagues…..

MLS: 7

Germany: 5

England: 4

Mexico: 3

Italy: 1

Spain: 1

Netherlands: 1

Belgium: 1

Turkey: 1

Positional breakdown (easy ones first)…..

Goalkeepers: Predictable selections. Howard will start, Guzan will back him up, and Johnson is along for the ride after winning a three-way MLS battle in the January camp.

Forwards: Altidore is in searing form, Dempsey is Dempsey, Johnson had a good January camp and Gomez is a experienced sniper.

Midfielders: Davis or Torres on the left? Zusi on the right, with Kljestan in reserve? Bradley, Jones, Williams and Edu are the middle men. Bradley is automatic, while Jones just returned from suspension over the weekend, Williams lost his starting role at Hoffenheim and Edu has been playing regularly since moving to Turkey.

Defenders: Cameron and Bocanegra are the first-choice center backs, with January campers Besler and Gonzalez in reserve. Johnson (Fabian, not Sean or Eddie) returned from injury over the weekend and should receive the nod ahead of Castillo. With Chuerundolo out, Chandler slides into the top spot at right back (and would become cap-tied to the USA if he plays). Evans, the right back in the second half of the Canada friendly Tuesday, provides cover. Parkhurst, who hasn’t been able to crack the Augsburg lineup, can play in the middle or outside.

Your thoughts on the roster choices and possible lineup? The comments section is waiting…..

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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