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USMNT opens World Cup training camp with 21 players

Nine players are missing as the U.S. starts training camp.

Rob Carr

The United States commenced World Cup training camp today, but they didn't do so with a full crop of players. Only 21 of the 30 players showed up to camp, but they are expected to be at full capacity by the end of the week.

The Premier League players will report to camp on Sunday, although Jozy Altidore is already there. Some of the other European players aren't there yet, as well as Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Michael Bradley, who have matches tonight and will get to camp tomorrow.

According to Jeff Carlisle, Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Aron Johannsson, Clint Dempsey, Zusi, Besler and Bradley are the players missing right now.

That the U.S. isn't at full strength yet is not a surprise. Jurgen Klinsmann knew that some players had league matches to play, be it in MLS or in Europe, while others wanted a few days of rest having just ended their club seasons last weekend.

Early in camp, the focus will be on fitness, but there isn't much of a concern with the players who were playing last weekend or are playing this week being fit. They are getting their work in, although playing matches obviously leaves them susceptible to injury, which could be its own problem.

In the meantime, it will be a 21-man camp and you can bet there will be a lot of running.