clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Jurgen Klinsmann will call in best team for USMNT's October friendlies

Kevin C. Cox

The United States will have their best team possible when they take on Ecuador on October 10 and Honduras on October 14. Jurgen Klinsmann confirmed that he would not leave out MLS players because they have club matches, as he did on September 3 against the Czech Republic, nor would he make it an exclusively domestic squad and excuse European players from traveling across the Atlantic.

"Looking toward the October games against Ecuador and Honduras, we definitely look at the strongest squad possible," Klinsmann told U.S. Soccer.

Of course, strongest squad possible leaves some wiggle room. Exactly what Klinsmann calls his strongest squad possible will probably differ from what you consider his strongest squad possible. At this point, he would go younger, and even experiment with some totally unproven players, and still call it his strongest squad possible.

Still, the U.S. will have the 20-27 players Klinsmann wants most for the matches (plus Landon Donovan) and, at this point, that is what matters most. These are still just friendlies and winning or losing isn't especially important, but building towards the Gold Cup and growing the player pool is. That is what Klinsmann wants, and that is why Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore will probably line up next to Julian Green and DeAndre Yedlin, with John Brooks and Emerson Hyndman as halftime substitutes.