With the World Cup in Russia only two years away, and with the US playing in its biggest tournament ahead of that World Cup this summer, why are there so many questions about Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad ahead of the Copa America?
It was clear that coming out of the World Cup in Brazil two years ago that the Americans needed to get younger and more athletic. That it was time to move on from Kyle Beckerman and Jermaine Jones in midfield and Clint Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski up-front.
But here he sit to years later, heading into another major tournament and all four are still key parts of Klinsmann’s latest squad. Why? Why not give the likes of Jordan Morris more time with the national team as surely he will be in the squad for Russia, not Dempsey or Wondolowski?
“This roster really was put together based on what we saw over the last year, and it’s one that makes us the strongest team possible to compete in Copa America and to hopefully surprise a lot of people,” said Klinsmann. “We feel that these 23 going into the very special Copa America, they really deserved to be there,” said Klinsmann. “Obviously when you get down and you decide on the final 23-man roster, there are very close, tight decisions to make. The moment when you decide, it’s about definitely who you feel the strongest about.”
5-Matt Besler (Sporting KC), 3-Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), 6-John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), 20-Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), 21-Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), 23-Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), 14-Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
15-Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), 4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), 8-Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), 13-Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), 16-Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), 10-Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), 17-Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), 18-Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), 7-Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV), 20-Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), 19-Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
Copa America Fixtures
June 3: United States vs Colombia Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, CA – Buy Tickets
June 7: United States vs Costa Rica Soldier Field – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets
June 11: United States vs Paraguay Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets