Sunday, January 6, 2013

USMNT January Camp Roster Named - Some New Faces

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Jurgen Klinsmann has named the roster for the January US Men's National Team camp.  This camp is generally a good chance to see some of the nation's younger players and give a chance to the fringe guys to make an impression.  I'm excited for several of the guys on this list.

Tony Beltran (RSL): I met Tony three years ago when he was just starting out with RSL and I couldn't have been more impressed.  He has been consistant in the RSL backline and took over the starting job long before Robbie Russell left for D.C.  With a lack of depth in the USMNT at left back, Tony could open some eyes and get some shouts this year.

Matt Besler (SKC): After winning MLS Defender of the Year, Besler finally gets his chance to play for  the US boss.  The national team once had five or six potential starters at CB, but with injuries and form issues, it's thought that Geoff Cameron is the only bonifide lock.  Besler is looking for a chance at that second spot.

Edson Buddle (COL):  Interesting that Edson Buddle is one of the surprise pick.  In 2010, people were clamoring (myself included) for him to get more minutes on the full national team.  The last two years have been some to forget for Buddle.  Maybe a move to Colorado and a good January camp can turn his luck back around.

See below for the full squad:

USMNT 2013 January Camp Roster
Goalkeepers (3): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
Defenders (9): Steven Beitashour (SJ Earthquakes), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), AJ De La Garza (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Connor Lade (NY Red Bulls), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Justin Morrow (SJ Earthquakes), Jeff Parke (Philadelphia Union)
Midfielders (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (out of contract), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards (5): Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Edson Buddle (Colorado Rapids), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (SJ Earthquakes)