Jurgen Klinsmann has named a 23-man roster for January training camp. The squad is very young and will make up the heart, if not the entirety, of the team that will play friendlies against Iceland and Canada on January 31 and February 5.
The United States team is a mix of senior national teamers and those eligible for the U-23 team that will try to qualify for the Olympics in a playoff against Colombia in March. 11 of the players in the team can play for the U-23 team and 10 of them have never been capped for the U.S. before.
It is possible that Klinsmann adds some veterans later in camp and for the friendlies. While the camp and matches do not fall on a FIFA date, ruling out any players who play in Europe or Mexico, he has his choice of MLS players like Clint Dempsey, Kyle Bekerman, Graham Zusi, Brek Shea and Chris Wondolowski, none of which were named to the roster. They may be included later on, though.
Klinsmann's team is not without experience, as Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Matt Besler, Jozy Altidore and Mix Diskerud, all World Cup veterans, were named to the team. They will be expected to lead the crop of young players and esablish the necessary culture and attitude in camp.
The only non-MLS player in the team is Jerome Kiesewetter, who plays for Stuttgart's reserve team in the German third division. They are currently on a winter break. Jordan Morris is also in the team, but he will begin training with Werder Bremen this week and will miss part, if not all of the camp as he searches for a club to sign with.
The exciting part of this team will be the young players, both those who can play for the U-23 team and those trying to crack through with the senior team. Bill Hamid will get an opportunity to prove he can compete for the team's starting goalkeeper job even when the whole team is called up, while Ethan Finaly will make his senior team debut and show he belongs after a great MLS season. Darlington Nagbe and Lee Nguyen are also back in the team as they try to provide the U.S. with some much-needed creativity going forward.
Of the U-23's, Morris is the headliner, but Wil Trapp will also get a lot of attention. He's shown himself to be a good MLS central midfielder and not only can be be vital to the team trying to qualify for the Olympics, but he could push for senior team call-ups as the Americans search for help in the center of the park. Kellyn Acosta could fall in the same boat, if he's played in his natural midfield position instead of stunted out to fullback, while Matt Miazga will continue his push up the U.S. depth chart.
Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls).
Defenders: Kellyn Acosta* (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Matt Miazga* (New York Red Bulls), Eric Miller* (Montreal Impact), Tim Parker* (Vancouver Whitecaps), Marc Pelosi* (San Jose Earthquakes), Matt Polster* (Chicago Fire).
Midfielders: Fatai Alashe* (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (unattached), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Tony Tchani (Columbus Crew), Wil Trapp* (Columbus Crew).
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew), Jerome Kiesewetter* (VfB Stuttgart), Jordan Morris* (unattached), Khiry Shelton* (New York City FC), Gyasi Zardes (L.A. Galaxy).
Under-23 eligible players marked by *