Jurgen Klinsmann has set his squad for the U.S. national team’s first post-World Cup friendly, next Wednesday vs. the Czech Republic in Prague (2:15 p.m. ET on NBCSN and UniMas).
Most of the 22 names are familiar, but at the start of a new World Cup cycle, Klinsmann is also introducing eight young players, six seeking their first cap.
“When you start a new cycle, you want to see as many new players and young players breaking in as possible,” he said. “Obviously you always respect your established players and you always want to give them the space to continue their good work, but you also want to use that opportunity going forward to introduce young blood into the program, give them time on the training field, and you also want to give them time in a real game and prove a point. Show us what you have. Show us your talent, be confident and go for your next level.”
Fifteen players are age 24 or younger. Eleven have 10 caps or fewer.
With a single game in Europe, most of Klinsmann’s selections are employed by clubs on the continent. He will summon additional prospects this fall, particularly from MLS in October when the Americans play one or two friendlies on home soil. The Ecuador match Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Conn., is set.
UPDATE: The United States will play Honduras on Oct. 14 at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
World Cup veteran Geoff Cameron was named to this squad despite suffering an abdominal strain with Stoke City in the League Cup this week. The club expects him to miss a couple of weeks. Nonetheless, he is scheduled to join the U.S. squad for evaluation.
GOALKEEPERS: Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
DEFENDERS: John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Moenchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton).
MIDFIELDERS: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City).
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich).
Most caps: Altidore (71) and Bedoya (32).
The new crew in Prague …
Club: Southampton (England). Age: 21.
Hometown: Maple Grove, Minn.
Trained with U.S. World Cup squad at Stanford in May. Started at Under-20 World Cup last year in Turkey. Left Ipswich Town two years ago. Back-up keeper for six Premier League matches last season.
Club: Tijuana (Mexico). Age: 23.
Hometown: Grapevine, Tex.
Also eligible for Mexico. Began career in Portugal before moving in late 2011. Played for U.S. under-20s. Starting at left back after sitting behind Edgar Castillo (now at Atlas) on depth chart.
Club: Ingolstadt (Germany). Age: 24.
Hometown: Berlin, Germany.
Also eligible for Peru and Germany. Played for U.S. under-20 and U-23 squads. Earned first senior cap in January 2013 vs. Canada. Spent 5 years with Hertha Berlin before moving ahead of last season.
Club: Fulham (England). Age: 18.
Grandson of retired coach Schellas Hyndman (Southern Methodist University, FC Dallas). Joined Fulham academy three years ago. Made first-team debut this month, going 90 on left flank vs. Ipswich Town and Millwall.
Club: Borussia Dortmund (Germany). Age: 21.
Hometown: Silver Spring, Md.
Pacy winger starting for Dortmund II in third division after moving from Hoffenheim this summer. Scored twice in Aug. 9 league match. Second call-up by Klinsmann. Son of ex-U.S. international Phillip Gyau.
Club: 1860 Munich (Germany). Age: 21.
Hometown: Irvine, Calif.
Born in Hawaii, moved to California at age 12, joined 1860 in 2007. Served with youth squad in fourth division and first team. No goals in 21 second-division matches last season. First cap in 2013 vs. Bosnia.
Club: Utrecht (Netherlands). Age: 18.
Hometown: Beaverton, Ore.
Signed with Dutch club this summer after playing for U.S. under-17 and U-18s. USSF youth male player of year in ’12. Eredivisie debut two weeks ago with 90-minute performance at striker against Willem II.
Club: Stanford University (NCAA). Age: 19.
Hometown: Mercer Island, Wash.
Starting sophomore year at Stanford after posting 6 goals and 7 assists last year. Seattle Sounders academy. U.S. under-20, U-21s and U-23s. First active college player ever called by Klinsmann.
“Winning games as a national team program gives you credibility and gives you confidence. So you want to win in Czech Republic but at the same time, you want to experiment,” Klinsmann said. “You want to take some risks to introduce young players, players that haven’t proven yet what quality they have. … Maybe if there’s a 50/50 situation between an established player and a younger player, and we maybe don’t know some of the answers yet about the younger player but we know a lot about that experienced player, I probably will take the younger player.”
Sounders video with Morris: