By RYAN TOLMICH
As 2014 comes to a close, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in a balanced roster ahead of friendlies against Colombia and Ireland.
U.S. Soccer announced the 25-man roster Monday, which includes New England Revolution superstar Lee Nguyen, Minnesota United winger Miguel Ibarra and Stanford standout Jordan Morris. Also included are 16 players from this summer’s World Cup, including Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Jermaine Jones, and John Brooks.
In total, the U.S. roster features 12 players with less than 10 international appearances while also including the same amount of players under the age of 24.
“We want to finish 2014 on a high note and continue to try to meet the top teams eye to eye,” said Klinsmann. “In these last two games we want our veterans to really become mentors both on and off the field, and we want to see our youngsters take advantage of the opportunity to make their case and grow from the experience. These performances will set the tone for 2015.”
The U.S. is set to take on Colombia on Nov. 14 at Fulham’s Craven Cottage in London before jetting off to Dublin to take on Ireland four days later.
Take a closer look at the U.S. roster below:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
What do you think of the U.S. roster? Any surprise inclusions? Any snubs? Who are you most looking forward to seeing?
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