DaMarcus Beasley (pictured) was included on the USA roster for this month's friendlies against Colombia and Ireland. (Photo: Mexsport)
CHICAGO – United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann called 25 players into camp Monday for the final matches of the 2014 campaign. The Americans will first square off against Colombia on Friday in London, before traveling to Dublin for a meeting with Ireland on November 18.
Once again, Klinsmann choose to mix youth and experience. A total of 16 players were part the squad that reached the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while there are also 12 players with 10 caps or less and an equal number that is 24 years old or younger.
“We want to finish 2014 on a high note and continue to try to meet the top teams eye to eye,” said Klinsmann. “In these last two games we want our veterans to really become mentors both on and off the field, and we want to see our youngsters take advantage of the opportunity to make their case and grow from the experience. These performances will set the tone for 2015.”
DaMarcus Beasley is the most experienced player on the roster with 120 international appearances.
A pair of forwards -- Jordan Morris, the first active college player to be included on a roster under Klinsmann, and 18-year-old Rubio Rubin of Utrecht in the Netherlands -- will be looking to win their first caps.
UNITED STATES ROSTER
(International friendlies: November 14, 2014, v Colombia, in London; November 18, 204, away v Ireland)
GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/Germany), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt/Germany), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach/Germany), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/France), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/Norway), Julian Green (Hamburg/Germany), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt/Germany), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/England), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht/Netherlands), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich/Germany), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)