Klinsmann names roster for Cup qualifiers

August 29, 2013
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Juergen Klinsmann‘s 23 selections for the U.S. national team’s World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica on Sept. 6 and Mexico on Sept. 10 …

GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard* (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler* (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron* (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla).

MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley* (Roma), Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson* (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones* (Schalke), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).

FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore* (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey* (Seattle Sounders), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders).

Notable absences: Clarence Goodson, Sacha Kljestan, Joe Corona, Jose Torres, Michael Parkhurst, Herculez Gomez (injured), Stuart Holden (injured), Brek Shea (returning from injury), Terrence Boyd (returning from injury), Maurice Edu (returning from injury), Steve Cherundolo (injured).

*Carrying a yellow card, suspended with next caution.

“The Costa Rica game in San Jose is the biggest game in 2013 for all of us because we want to win there,” Klinsmann said in a written statement. “We want to qualify as soon as possible for the World Cup in Brazil.”

Translation: No holding back, despite the yellow cards.

For a look at roster projections and the yellow-card implications on the lineup, I posted this story on Monday.

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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