Jurgen Klinsmann expects to make several changes to the United States roster before they play Honduras next Tuesday. The U.S. manager named a 21-player squad for the Americans' friendly against Ecuador on Friday, but confirmed that a few players will depart from the team after that contest and will be replaced before next week's match.
It looks like Klinsmann will call up some MLS players to replace the departed players, too.
"For us, it's important that we always mix things up. Right now we're mixing things up a little bit with MLS, with players who are coming from overseas and not as established yet as we would like them to be," Klinsmann said in an interview with U.S. Soccer. "So maybe we let a few ones go after the Friday, game go back to Europe and have a whole week of preparation before your next game. And we bring in some MLS players to fill in."
Klinsmann emphasized the need to blood in younger players, both to get them acquainted with the team and system, but also to keep the competition high. The veterans have to know that young players want their spots, which explains the inexperienced roster against Ecuador.
That said, he's not going to shut the veteran players out.
"We purposely left quite a few players out. More -- I would call them not old, but more experienced players -- purposely because we want to get the younger generation a chance to break in. Players like Kyle Beckerman, Brad Davis, Chris Wondolowski, they are not on the roster not because they are not part of the senior national team, simply because we want to now see the youngsters coming through and making their point"
Those comments seem to indicate that Beckerman, Davis and Wondolowski will not be called in for the Honduras friendly. Odds are that they will be either core members of the first team or some domestic-based newcomers. Guys like Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley could get the call against Honduras, as could Gyasi Zardes or Wil Trapp.
Bringing in the MLS guys later means that they can play for their clubs over the weekend, then shuttle off to Boca Raton, FL for Honduras and not miss any MLS matches. Having to balance that is the unfortunate reality of the MLS schedule, but Klinsmann looks to be doing as good of a job as possible, giving young players a chance and still integrating MLS players with the least amount of club conflict possible.