Klinsmann with a few surprises for next week’s US match.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday), Will Packwood (Birmingham City), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 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 (6): Juan Agudelo (Utrecht), Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar)
> Big camp for Danny Williams and Oguchi Onyewu. Both–it says here–have a shot at Brazil. US still needs to look at a Williams or Mo Edu type as a permutation to tracking players like Ronaldo or Reus when they come inside. Just think the work that Edu did on Gio Dos Santos in Mexico City last year. That guy hasn’t been in camp. Dark horse here? Alfredo Morales who Klinsi-san seems to have a soft spot for.
> Quite a reward for Will Packwood. Back from a broken leg and getting a senior look–hell of a validation.
> Klinsmann continues to check the Brek Shea box hoping the youngster can provide the true kind of width that Fabian Johnson still has consistency problems with as well. Shea is a very possible World Cup call along the lines of a Wondo or even Boyd. Somebody who the opposition is not familiar with who maybe doesn’t have the consistency and won’t play more than 20 total minutes, but presents a different look, i.e. Walcott for England in 2006 or Edson Buddle for the US in 2010.
> The RB competition now looks set: Cameron vs. Evans vs. perhaps Parkhurst. The US will keep their RB at home and cover with the indefatigueable Graham Zusi and Alejandro Bedoya over the top. Up second for the US in Brazil? Ronaldo. There looks to be little shot now that Timmy Chandler or Steve Cherundolo get re-integrated.