With some of his first-choice team sidelined by injury and other issues, U.S. national team Coach Juergen Klinsmann called up only 20 players Sunday for the final two
In the past Klinsmann has typically summoned 23 players to training camp. Left off the roster this time were three players who took part in the last U.S. game, a 2-0 win over Mexico in September that earned the Americans an automatic berth in next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Still, 17 of the 20 players selected Sunday were also in the national team camp in August. Of those asked back, eight play in
The U.S. finishes its 10-game regional qualifying schedule against winless Jamaica on Friday in Kansas City and Panama four days later in Central America.
"We want to finish qualifying on a high note and prove a point in our region," said Klinsmann, whose team is ranked 13th in the world in the latest FIFA rankings. "We don't view these games as the end of World Cup qualifying. For us, it's the start of preparations for the World Cup, and therefore we have to continue to raise the bar. We have had such amazing support from our fans throughout the last two years, and we owe it to them to put our best foot forward."
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg),