New U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann was hired to shake things up and bring a new energy into a team that had stagnated under Bob Bradley.
Judging by his first roster, he’s wasting no time in implementing the shakeup.
In addition to the players mentioned above, Klinsmann called in Jose Francisco Torres, Ricardo Clark, Kyle Beckerman, and Michael Orozco Fiscal for next Wednesday’s exhibition against Mexico in Philadelphia (9:00 ET, ESPN2, Univision).
The roster includes seven players from MLS, six based in Germany, and four from Mexico, with five others spread across five leagues in Europe.
Freddy Adu, who revived his national-team career under former coach Bradley (it should be remembered, if he ever goes on to U.S. greatness), was named to the team, as were young Red Bulls Tim Ream and Juan Agudelo.
“One of the goals of the roster for this game and moving forward is to create competition at each position,” Klinsmann said, in a statement released by U.S. Soccer. “There are many players who are established as well as many players who will get opportunities, and we want there to be a healthy contest for spots on the roster. We will get a good look at where each player is as quickly as we can during the short time in camp, and we will finish with an exciting game against Mexico.”
Here’s the complete list of 22 (caps/goals information courtesy of Soccer America):
Bill Hamid (D.C. United) 0 caps/0 goals; Tim Howard (Everton/ENG) 65/0
Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne/FRA) 93/12; Edgar Castillo (Club America/MEX) 1/0; Timothy Chandler (FC Nuremberg/GER) 2/0; Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/GER) 72/2; Clarence Goodson (Brondby/DEN) 24/3; Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis/MEX) 1/0; Heath Pearce (Chivas USA) 33/0; Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls) 6/0
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) 12/1; Michael Bradley (Borussia M’gladbach/GER) 59/9; Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER) 31/2; Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers/SCO) 25/1; Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04/GER) 11/1; Brek Shea (FC Dallas) 2/0; Jose Torres (Pachuca/MEX) 11/0
Freddy Adu (Benfica/POR) 17/2; Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls) 10/2; DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/MEX) 93/17; Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt/GER) 6/2; Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy) 136/46
A few other notes: Donovan was called in as a forward, Clint Dempsey was not called in at all (almost certainly so he can focus on getting off to a good start with Fulham), and Michael Bradley was called in just because his dad is—oh, wait; guess we can put that tired charge to bed now. Michael Bradley was called in because he’s one of the U.S.’s best central midfielders.
Castillo got one look under Bradley, coming on as a sub in the second half of a 2009 friendly against Denmark, and Torres hasn’t appeared for the U.S. since playing 45 minutes against Slovenia in the World Cup last summer.
Orozco Fiscal—who might be the biggest surprise on the roster, especially given his so-so showing in MLS with Philadelphia last season—played one game for Bradley, going 90 minutes against Trinidad & Tobago in 2008.