Jurgen Klinsmann announced his roster for upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Ireland. The match will be extra-special for Colombian-American Alejandro Bedoya of Weston, whose father and grandfather played professionally in Colombia.
Here are the details from US Soccer...
CHICAGO (Nov. 10, 2014) - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 25 players into camp for the final matches of the 2014 campaign. The U.S. will first meet No. 3-ranked Colombia on Friday, Nov. 14, in London. More than 20,000 tickets have been sold for the USA's first match at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham FC (TICKETS). Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and UniMas.
Four days later, the United States will play on the Republic of Ireland's soil for the first since 2002 when it faces the home side at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. ESPN2 and Univision begin coverage at 2:45 p.m. ET. Fans can follow both matches on Twitter @ussoccer.
U.S. MNT ROSTER BY POSITION - DETAILED ROSTER GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC) MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution) FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
"We want to finish 2014 on a high note and continue to try to meet the top teams eye to eye," said Klinsmann. "In these last two games we want our veterans to really become mentors both on and off the field, and we want to see our youngsters take advantage of the opportunity to make their case and grow from the experience. These performances will set the tone for 2015."
Klinsmann has once again chosen to blend youth and experience. A total of 16 players were part the squad that reached the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, led by four-time tournament veteran DaMarcus Beasley. At the other end of the spectrum, there are 12 players with 10 caps or less and an equal number that is 24 years old or younger.
U.S. MNT ROSTER NOTES
A state of Florida record crowd of 73,429 showed up at Sun Life Stadium last night for a spicy showdown between Brazil and Colombia! It was a rematch of their contentious World Cup quarterfinal. Brazil won on Friday, 1-0, on a free kick by Neymar.
Here is the story...
And here are some photos...
In case you haven't heard, Brazil and Colombia are playing a friendly Sept. 5 at Sun Life Stadium, and the game will feature many World Cup stars.
The Brazil roster announced by new coach Dunga features 10 of the 23 World Cup players, including Neymar, Hulk, Oscar and David Luiz. It will be their first match since their humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals.
Tickets for the match are available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling the stadium box office at 305-943-6311.
Brazilian National Team Roster
Goalkeepers -Jefferson (Botafogo), Rafael Cabral (Napoli)
Defenders - David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Gil (Corinthians), Miranda (Atletico Madrid), Maicon (Roma), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Alex Sandro (FC Porto), Danilo (FC Porto)
Midfielders - Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Everton Ribeiro (Cruzeiro), Oscar (Chelsea), Phillipe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Forwards - Ricardo Goulart (Cruzeiro), Hulk (Zenit), Neymar (Barcelona), Diego Tardelli (Atletico MG)
Got this press release re: Chilean roster for Sept. 9 game vs. Haiti at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale...
Chilean Coach Jorge Sampaoli unveiled the list of 18 players from abroad who will participate in the two friendlies scheduled to be played in the United States during the month of September.
The biggest surprise was the inclusion of the 19 year old Chilean-Swiss midfielder Francisco Rodriguez from FC Zurich who is being called up to the Chilean National Team for the first time. His brother, defender Ricardo Rodriguez, played for Switzerland in the World Cup.
The list also includes 16 players who were part of the 2014 World Cup squad in Brazil and Rodrigo Millar, who missed out on the final cut.
1 Claudio Bravo - F. C. Barcelona (Spain)
2 Miiko Albornoz - Hannover 96 (Germany)
3 Mauritius - Queens Park Rangers F.C. (England)
4 Gary Medel - F. C. Internazionale (Italy)
5 Eugenio Mena - Santos F. C. (Brazil)
6 Gonzalo Jara - FSV Mainz (Germany)
7 Charles Aránguiz - Sport Club Internacional (Brazil)
8 Marcelo Díaz - Basel F. C. (Switzerland)
9 Arturo Vidal - Juventus F.C. (Italy)
10 Fabian Orellana - Celta de Vigo (Spain)
11 Eduardo Vargas - S.S.C. Napoli (Italy)
12 Alexis Sanchez - Arsenal F.C. (England)
13 Mauricio Pinilla - CFC Genoa (Italy)
14 Carlos Carmona - Atalanta Calcio (Italy)
15 Francisco Silva - Club Atlético Osasuna (Spain)
16 Rodrigo Millar - Atlas de Guadalajara (Mexico)
17 José Pedro Fuenzalida - Boca Juniors (Argentina)
18 Francisco Rodriguez - F. C. Zürich (Switzerland)
Bom Dia from the Rio airport...5 a.m. here..on my my way home after 35 days in Brasil.
It's been a very memorable tournament -- on and off the field!
Thanks so much for visiting the blog. Hope you enjoyed the coverage. Here are my two stories from today...
There's always a down period after the World Cup, but soccer goes on....MLS (64,000 showed up for Seattle v Portland last night!), European leagues, Champions League, ICC in Miami...
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Bom Dia from Maracana Stadium, day before The Big Game!
Brazil plays Netherlands today at 4 p.m. Eastern in the Pride Match.
Meanwhile, here at Maracana, Shakira and Wyclef Jean appeared at a press conference to discuss the tactics of tomorrow's Closing Ceremonies...
These are some of the sights I saw from the bus on the way to the stadium. I am not a fan of graffiti, but I have to admit, Brazilians have taken it to an artform. Every city I have visited, I have seen hundreds of murals like these...