Klinsmann’s U.S. roster for Bosnia friendly

August 12, 2013
(U.S. Soccer Federation) (U.S. Soccer Federation)

Juegen Klinsmann has set the U.S. national team roster for Wednesday’s friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2, UniMas, WatchESPN):

Goalkeepers: Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton).

Defenders: John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers).

Update: Orozco Fiscal has withdrawn with a hamstring injury. No replacement will be named.

Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Reading).

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich).

First senior national team call-ups for Cropper (20 years old), Brooks (20), Johannsson (22) and Wood (20). Johannsson switched allegiances from Iceland and cannot play for the United States until FIFA processes his request.

Klinsmann, on Johannsson: “He’s one of the up-and-coming promising strikers in Europe. He played really, really well in Denmark before he moved to Alkmaar and is scoring goals there, so we’re really thrilled he chose to join us. We just want to integrate Aron and make him feel comfortable, make him feel at home with us. Once he’s comfortable and eligible and all the FIFA stuff is done, then we want to see him in real games and see if he can connect with something special to our game.”

Klinsmann, on German-American Brooks: “He’s a center back with wonderful vision of the game, very decisive in one-on-one situations and very mature for his age. He was already with us 1 1/2 years ago in a U-20 camp, so we followed him and he’s breaking through in the Bundesliga. Similar to Aron, we want to have him get integrated into the group and get to know his new buddies and to feel comfortable with us.”

Klinsmann, on Clint Dempsey‘s absence: ““For the most part, we wanted to leave the MLS players behind because it’s a long way to go for a mid-week game in the heart of the season and many of them were with us a lot during the summer. This gives us a chance to look at some different players as well. At the same time, we still want a strong team, so we have some guys from MLS and also from [Mexico]. I told [Sounders Coach] Sigi Schmid that it’s no problem to leave Clint off this roster. It’s been a long week for Clint and he is still in preseason and getting a rhythm, so we leave him in Seattle and get him ready for the [World Cup qualifiers] in September.”

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.
Continue reading
Comments
Show Comments