By RYAN TOLMICH
With the 2014 World Cup in the rearview mirror, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is sure to use the coming months as an opportunity to integrate new faces into his side. However, one of those new faces is set to come from a pretty surprising location.
Minnesota United winger Miguel Ibarra will reportedly be among the names called up to the USMNT squad for the team’s October friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras. Ibarra would be the first NASL player to be invited to join the national team since 2005, when the Richmond Kickers’ Clyde Simms joined the national team for a camp ahead of World Cup qualifiers.
The 24-year-old speedster has been an integral part of Minnesota United’s run atop the NASL. Ibarra, who has been with the club since 2012, was named to the NASL’s Best XI last season and has contributed 11 goals and eight assists throughout his time with the club.
Ibarra was originally selected by the Portland Timbers in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft, but the MLS club did not offer him a contract.
The U.S. is set to take on Ecuador Oct 10. in East Hartford, Connecticut before facing Honduras Oct. 14 in Boca Raton, Florida.
What do you think of Ibarra’s call up? What does it say about the state of NASL? Who else would you like to see on the team for the upcoming friendlies?
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