US coach Jurgen Klinsmann released his 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers at Costa Rica Sept. 6 and vs. Mexico in Columbus, Ohio Sept. 10. The team is headed to Miami on Sunday for a two-day camp before heading to Costa Rica.
Local ties on the roster include Alejandro Bedoya (Weston), Jozy Altidore (Boca Raton), Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando (Miami Fusion alumni.)
Here's what Klinsmann had to say about Bedoya:
“Alejandro Bedoya made a huge jump over the last 7-8 months
just during my time now. He came pretty late into my picture, he was with Bob
already, and compared to where he was in the January camp to where he is now is
really wonderful to see. He became a lot more confident. He became a lot more
mature. He proved that during the Gold Cup and he proved that in Bosnia. He
proved it is his first game with Nantes vs. Paris Saint Germain. It was very
impressive how he played there for a very good club in the French First
Division. I think he deserves absolutely to be a part of that roster going into
Costa Rica and that gives us another option. With him and Graham on the right
flank, I think we’re looking really good.”
Landon Donovan is back on the roster, his first World Cup qualifier in 14 months. Huge for US to get him back. Wondolowski did not make the squad, but is right on the bubble, Klinsmann said.
Here's the full roster:
Forwards: Altidore, Dempsey, Donovan, Johannsson, E. Johnson
Midfielders: Beckerman, Bedoya, Bradley, Diskerud, F. Johnson, Jones, Zusi.
Defenders: Beasley, Besler, Brooks, Cameron, Castillo, Evans, Gonzalez, Orozco
GK: Guzan, Howard, Rimando
What are your thoughts on the roster? You feeling good about this lineup?