By AARON CRANFORD
The U.S. Men’s National Team roster features some interesting additions and exclusions as they prepare for European clashes against Denmark and Switzerland in the upcoming weeks.
Klinsmann has added more fresh faces to this squad with Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough accepting his first call-up, Club America defender Ventura Alvarado making his first appearance in camp as well, and Bolton defender Tim Ream and Reading midfielder Danny Williams making their return to the U.S. roster.
Jurgen Klinsmann left first-choice goalkeeper Brad Guzan, Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron off of the squad, as well as MLS-based regulars Mix Diskerud, Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez. Meanwhile, Julian Green and DeAndre Yedlin received call-ups despite not seeing first-team action with their clubs.
U.S. Soccer spokesman Michael Kammarman confirmed that Guzan is skipping the friendlies as he and his wife prepare for the birth of their first child.
Here’s a closer look at the USMNT roster for friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland:
USMNT SQUAD FOR MARCH FRIENDLIES
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
The U.S. has two European friendlies six days apart, and Klinsmann’s side will meet Denmark first in NRGi Park on March 25th (3 p.m., ESPN2). They will then travel to Zurich to face Switzerland on March 31st (12 p.m., FOX Sports 1).
What do you think of the roster? Shocked to see Klinsmann not call in a full-strength team? Excited to see some new faces?
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