The first U.S. national team camp of 2011 will convene at the Home Depot Center on January 4, and it will involve a whopping 12 uncapped players, along with six players who have just one appearance for the U.S.
The roster, announced today by head coach Bob Bradley, will train in advance of a January 22 friendly against Chile at the HDC.
Twenty of the 24 players are based in MLS, with one in Scotland (keeper Dominic Cervi of Celtic) and three in Scandinavia.
That last group includes Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro, Sweden), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek, Norway), and Ryan Miller (Halmstads, Sweden)—a player we had to Google to learn who he was (again, the Bradley-doesn’t-cast-his-net-wide-enough argument is shown to be hogwash).
Red Bulls rookies Tim Ream and Juan Agudelo were both called in again, and will be joined by first-timers Sean Johnson of Chicago, MLS Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski of San Jose, Anthony Wallace of Colorado, and Eric Alexander of FC Dallas, among others.
We’d wager that Alexander caught Bradley’s attention with this one-goal, one-assist, one-goal-line-save performance against New York back in September:
Here’s the full roster (average age, just over 23):
Goalkeepers: Dominic Cervi (Glasgow Celtic, Scotland), Sean Johnson (Chicago), Matt Pickens (Colorado), Nick Rimando (Salt Lake)
Defenders: A.J. DeLaGarza (Los Angeles), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles), Ugo Ihemelu (Dallas), Zach Loyd (Dallas), Ryan Miller (Halmstads, Sweden), Tim Ream (New York), Anthony Wallace (Colorado), Marvell Wynne (Colorado)
Midfielders: Eric Alexander (Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro, Sweden), Sam Cronin (San Jose), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek, Norway), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado), Dax McCarty (D.C.), Brek Shea (Dallas)
Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New York), Justin Braun (Chivas USA), Teal Bunbury (Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)