Juergen Klinsmann has turned to almost an entirely European-based roster for the U.S. national team’s friendly Wednesday against Ukraine in Larnaca, Cyprus (2 p.m. ET, ESPN2, UniMas, WatchESPN). The only MLS call-ups: Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey. Bradley’s new club, Toronto FC, has a bye during the first weekend of the MLS season March 8-9, while Dempsey (Seattle) is already in Europe as his loan to Fulham winds down. Tijuana’s Edgar Castillo was also summoned.
To the relief of the other MLS clubs preparing for their openers, Klinsmann did not call most of his domestic regulars, such as Eddie Johnson, Graham Zusi, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez and Landon Donovan.
Klinsmann will use a mostly MLS squad against Mexico on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The group gathering in Frankfurt on Sunday for a brief training camp before chartering to Cyprus …
Goalkeepers: Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton).
Defenders: John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday), Will Packwood (Birmingham City), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers).
Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Barnsley), Danny Williams (Reading),
Forwards: Juan Agudelo (Utrecht), Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Julian Green* (Bayern Munich), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar).
*training only; not eligible for official U.S. competition
For the USSF’s Q&A with Klinsmann, click here.