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USMNT Releases Roster For Czech Republic Friendly

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The United States Soccer Federation and United States Men’s National Team Manager Jurgen Klinsmann announced on Thursday the squad that will represent the United States in their upcoming international friendly with the Czech Republic scheduled to take place next Wednesday afternoon in Prague. The squad is a very young and inexperienced as one would expect following the FIFA World Cup and there are plenty of names that opened a few eyes.

The first thing that is noticed is that only one player from Major League Soccer was called into this squad which was expected given that the match is in mid-week in Europe during the stretch run to the postseason. Other than that it was a nice mixture of players from clubs in England, Germany and Mexico that made up that squad.

Goalkeepers

Brad Guzan — Aston Villa (England) 25 caps, 29 years old

Nick Rimando — Real Salt Lake (United States) 14 caps, 35 years old

Cody Cropper — Southampton (England) 0 caps, 21 years old

Klinsmann pretty much had no choice but to bring Nick Rimando over as well. Tim Howard has decided to take a break from international football which is well-deserved and much needed especially at his age. Looking abroad though, other than Howard, Guzan and Cropper, there really are not many American goalkeepers out there. On top of that, there really aren’t any besides Cropper that could have a legitimate claim on the number one spot moving forward.

There are two goalkeepers that come to mind who could have possibly been the choice that allowed Rimando to stay in the United States but both have their major flaws. The first is French-American goalkeeper Quentin Westberg of US Luzenac. Westberg represented the United States at the youth levels but has not developed into a top-tier goalkeeper. He has spent all of his career bouncing around in the French Ligue system. On top of that, Westberg is currently 28 years old meaning that he’d probably only be good for one World Cup cycle.

The other goalkeeper is Kevin Piedrahita, he is a 23-year-old American of Colombian descent who plays his football in the First Division in Colombia for Aguilas Doradas. While he has the youth on his side, he does not have much experience considering he is the backup goalkeeper for his club.

The expectation is that Guzan will start with Rimando and Cropper following him in that order on the depth chart.

Defenders

Geoff Cameron — Stoke City (England) 30 caps, 29 years old

Fabian Johnson — Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany) 26 caps, 26 years old

Timothy Chandler — Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) 13 caps, 24 years old

Michael Orozco — Puebla (Mexico) 11 caps, 28 years old

Tim Ream — Bolton Wanderers (England) 8 caps, 26 years old

John Brooks — Hertha Berlin (Germany) 5 caps, 21 years old

Greg Garza — Club Tijuana (Mexico) 0 caps, 23 years old

The biggest question coming in for this group will be whether or not Geoff Cameron is able to play. He suffered an injury during a Capital One Cup match for Stoke City against Portsmouth on Wednesday; it is likely that he will miss this weekend’s action for his club. That could mean extended playing time for Tim Ream or Michael Orozco pairing up with John Brooks in the center-back spot unless Klinsmann decides to bring in a replacement.

Midfielders

Alejandro Bedoya — Nantes (France) 32 caps, 27 years old

Mix Diskerud — Rosenborg (Norway) 20 caps, 23 years old

Brek Shea — Stoke City (England) 26 caps, 24 years old

Joe Corona — Club Tijuana (Mexico) 11 caps, 24 years old

Julian Green — Bayern Munich (Germany) 3 caps, 19 years old

Alfredo Morales — Ingolstadt 04 (Germany) 1 cap, 24 years old

Emerson Hyndman — Fulham (England) 0 caps, 18 years old

It will be very interesting to see how Klinsmann decides to lineup the midfield. Looking at the group that he has he could use Diskerud and Morales as the two defensive midfielders with Diskerud being allowed more freedom forward. It is more likely that we’ll see a flat four in the midfield for this match.

Forwards

Jozy Altidore — Sunderland (England) 71 caps, 24 years old

Bobby Wood — TSV 1860 Munich (Germany) 1 cap, 21 years old

Joe Gyau — Borussia Dortmund (Germany) 0 caps, 21 years old

Jordan Morris — University of Stanford (United States) 0 caps, 19 years old

Rubio Rubin — FC Utrecht (Netherlands) 0 caps, 18 years old

Jozy and ____? Your guess is as good as mine. Overall it is a very young group of kids that will be looking for make a mark for future use on the USMNT.

Matthew Evans is an editor and writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google

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