Thursday, August 28, 2014

Klinsmann Goes Young With Newest USMNT Squad, Including First Collegian Since '90s

Jurgen Klinsmann and US Soccer announced the 22-man squad for the upcoming friendly against the Czech Republic in Prague.

Surprises came in the form of call ups for a young cast of Emerson Hyndman, Joe Gyau, Bobby Wood, Jordan Morris and Brek Shea.

Hyndman has seen some playing time already this year for Fulham, who has gotten off to a poor start in the English Championship, after relegation from the Premier League last season. Wood has been in-and-out of the national team picture due to injuries, but his talent and ability has put him back into the discussion.

Gyau moved to Dortmund this summer and was placed on the club's reserve team roster and has been solid since, including performances in friendlies for the first team squad. The winger was at one point highly thought of as a USMNT prospect, but his failure to obtain quality playing time in Germany dropped him down the ranks.

Morris is the first collegiate athlete to be called up to the USMNT since the mid-90s, according to former NSC writer Will Parchman, now with Top Drawer Soccer. Morris is eligible to sign as a Seattle Sounders Home Grown Player.

Shea seemed to have dropped off the face of the Earth after not playing for Stoke, getting injured and failing during his loan to a lower English league, but Klinsmann's wish to use this friendly as a way to bring in young or fringe players has given him yet another chance.

Here's the full roster, via US Soccer:
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)


Adrian said...

Ream and Brooks in the middle with Cameron at d-mid? Or Cameron at center back with either Morales or Hyndman starting in midfield?

Matt said...

Hands up if anyone had ever heard of Morris before today. What's the word on him? (And is it luck or skill that Sounders academy has now turned up two of these up-and-comers?)

Tybz said...

Cool stuff

Jolazo said...


Cameron's hurt. He won't be playing. Probably Orozco at CB and Morales at DM.

downintexas said...

Is it just me or does Klinsy always brings in a player that has a known injury?

Dany Tzvi said...

corona can play 6

Zach said...

Good chance we lose this game 5-0 and nobody will care, including me. Rubin, Hyndman, Green, and Brooks will be the core of future USMNT, glad to have them all together this early.

Since we're going young, little surprised no Packwood or Stanko.

Matt: Morris is a well known prospect in US system, very since he showed out with U17's. Trained with full national team pre-WC. Patch man and top drawer soccer have lots of literature on him, pacey forward w/ skill to spare.

Next months North American based camp should be interesting. Different crop of young faces should get the call

Zach said...

Sorry for autocorrect's. Very, not every, and Parchman, not Patch man haha

RobUsry said...

Love this. Get rid of the old mediocre excess. Play the kids, let them develop, profit.

matthew konsa said...

What a fun roster! Couldn't be happier or more intrigued by a friendly in the post-WC hysteria hangover. Happy for Ream, excited for Morris, Garza and Hyndman above all.

dikranovich said...

----------------------------the Jozy -----------------
Cameron slots in for orozco or maybe mix and nothing but exciting options off the bench. This would be a good time for brek to step up and start showing something

Adrian said...

I wonder if Agudelo's absence means he's close to signing somewhere

Tybz said...

I certainly hope so

Tybz said...

I see them starting off with most of their ‘vets’ along with a couple of the old-new faces. So maybe Altidore up top, and a midfield of Diskerud, Bedoya, plus a Corona/Green, maybe even Shea. Coupled with similar set up in the back ala Johnson, Chandler plus Brooks and Tim Ream.

The in the second half see either a big en masse substitution or series of subs bring in Rubin, Hyndmen, Morales, Wood and Gyau.

Question: thoughts on seeing Cropper or will be all Guzan?

Tom said...

Since there are several fringey players, I'd try something unusual for us.


With Joe Corona B2B, Morales DM, Mix stirring the pot. I'd sub with Garza in for Johnson, Shea in for Green, Ream or Orozco in for JAB, maybe. Sub Hyndman in for Mix and push Corona in to the AM spot. Sub Rubio in for Altidore.

WTH, why not?

AG said...

I say 4-3-3:


With all 6 subs coming on like Rimando, Chandler, Garza, Hyndman, Gyau, and Wood. I'd expect the players that are playing regularly to get the opportunity or of course who ever sits the formation or plan of attack.

Tom said...

My lineup above was meant to read as a 4-3-3, with a DM, B2B, and AM.