Chris Wondolowski (pictured) was called up to the USA's first camp of 2015. (Photo: Mexsport)
CHICAGO – United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced Friday that invitations have been extended to 28 players for the national team’s first training camp of 2015, which opens January 12.
The squad will spend 12 days in Carson, California, before traveling to Chile for training from January 25-29 as it prepares for a friendly against the fellow 2014 World Cup side on January 28 at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua. Afterwards, the U.S. will return to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center.
Seven veterans from last summer’s FIFA World Cup have selected, including team captain Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley. The roster also features many fresh faces with 14 players looking to earn their first cap.
“The prize in 2015 for the senior National Team is the Gold Cup, and this camp will give a lot of our players a chance to kick start their preparations for an important year,” Klinsmann said. “We also get an opportunity to introduce the next wave of young players into the program, and in particular work with many of our Olympic-age guys as they build toward qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.”
The camp culminates with a friendly against Panama on February 8 at the StubHub in Carson.
UNITED STATES ROSTER
(Training camp and friendlies: January 12 – February 8, 2015)
GOALKEEPERS: Alex Bono (no club), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy)
MIDFIELDERS: Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (no club), Dennis Flores (Leon/Mexico), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool/England), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
FORWARDS: Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julio Morales (Tepic/Mexico), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich/Germany), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)