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By DAN KARELL
When U.S. Soccer announced the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the January camp, it was as much about seeing old faces as it was identifying new talent.
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann selected a heavily Major League Soccer-based roster, which sees USMNT regulars such as Graham Zusi, Landon Donovan, and Omar Gonzalez return while also giving opportunities to players like Mike Magee and youngsters like Luis Gil, Shane O’Neill, and DeAndre Yedlin.
Speaking to U.S. Soccer about the roster announcement, Klinsmann mentions how important the January camp is for their preparation, especially the fact that they will travel to Sao Paulo for a 12-day period to test out their facilities for the World Cup. In addition, just as Zusi and Matt Besler have emerged after participating in January camps, Klinsmann wants to see at least two or three players on the fringes push themselves into World Cup contention.
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