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Jurgen Klinsmann makes several changes to USMNT January camp roster

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Jurgen Klinsmann has made several changes to the United States team for January camp just two days after originally naming the squad. Four players have been added, while two more have withdrawn from camp due to injuries, giving the Americans a 25-man team.

Marc Pelosi and Fatai Alashe have taken themselves out of the team because of injuries. Pelosi has tendonitis, while Alashe hurt his groin, ruling them out for the month and robbing them of the chances for their first senior team caps. Both are eligible for the U-23 team that will try to qualify for the Olympics in a March playoff vs. Colombia.

Joining the team are David Bingham, Steve Birnbaum, Perry Kitchen and Brandon Vincent. Bingham probably would have been added regardless because the team needed another goalkeeper after Jesse Gonzalez pulled out at the last minute, leaving the U.S. with just two in camp. Birnbaum was part of last year's January camp and played pretty well so he returns, offering another option in central defense. Kitchen had his best season yet as a professional for D.C. United last year and will use January camp to stay in shape and potentially audition for clubs because he is a free agent in search of his next club.

Vincent is expected to be a high draft pick in this month's MLS SuperDraft and will be one of the U-23 eligible players getting a chance to impress. He's almost assuredly in camp now so Andi Herzog can get a look at him for Olympic qualifying and considering the team's struggles at left back, bringing in Vincent, a natural at the position, is a wise move.