US Soccer names the USMNT roster for their January Camp

Well it is a very interesting roster for the United States Men's National team, as no player on the roster has more than 6 caps, and only one has ever scored a goal in international play.  Every player is born in the 80's or later except one, RSL's Nick Rimando, 12 players with 0 caps have been invited. There is a distinct MLS Cup feel to the roster, as 4 players from the 2010 MLS Cup Champions Colorado made the roster (and no Conor Casey),  and 5 players who suited up for FC Dallas in MLS Cup.

This roster will produce the teams that will face Chile on Jan 22nd at the Home Depot Center, and Egypt on Feb 9th in Cairo, it will provide a lot of players a chance to make an impact and get their names known.  I think this is a great move to start looking for the guys who will not only be part of the Gold Cup roster, but those who should be making up the core of the 2014 World Cup team

Here is the roster broken down by position:
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION

GOALKEEPERS (4): Dominic Cervi (Celtic), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (9): A.J. DeLaGarza (Los Angeles Galaxy), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Ugo Ihemelu (FC Dallas), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Ryan Miller (Halmstads BK), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Anthony Wallace (Colorado Rapids), Marvell Wynne (Colorado Rapids)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Eric Alexander (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Sam Cronin (San Jose Earthquakes), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Dax McCarty (D.C. United), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)

FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Justin Braun (Chivas USA), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

See the official US Soccer Press Release and detailed roster after the jump:

BRADLEY CALLS 24 PLAYERS TO BEGIN TRAINING CAMP ON JAN. 4 AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER IN CARSON, CALIF.

     New Talent on Display in First Training Camp of 2011; Camp to Culminate in Match Against Chile on Jan. 22 at The HDC

             CHICAGO (Dec. 21, 2010) - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named 24 players to the training camp roster that will begin gathering Jan. 4 at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  The group will prepare for the USA's first match of 2011, a friendly against fellow FIFA World Cup finalists Chile on Jan. 22 at The HDC (tickets). Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. PT, with broadcast information to be announced at a later date. Fans can follow the game live via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker or on twitter @ussoccer.                    

"The timing is right to assess many of the younger players and to broaden the player pool as we look forward to the next three years," said Bradley. "These extended camps give the coaching staff an opportunity to work with these players closely, and at the same time expose them to what the environment and expectations are like at the international level. We have a good feel for the veteran players in the pool, several of whom are coming off long seasons, and we certainly expect many of them to be part of the program for the important tournaments this year."

The annual camp held in January for players in their offseason is a largely domestic-based group that includes 20 players who ply their trade in the United States, and the coaching staff is taking full advantage of the opportunity to assess new talent. With an average age of just above 23 years old, half of the players can earn their first cap for the full team.

Major League Soccer is well represented, with 10 clubs contributing a total of 20 players to the Carson camp. Eight players come from the MLS Cup finalists, four each from 2010 champion Colorado Rapids and runners up FC Dallas following a thrilling championship settled in overtime.  Matt Pickens, Anthony Wallace and Marvell Wynne helped anchor the Rapids defense while Jeff Larentowicz patrolled the center of the park; on the other side, Ugo Ihemelu and Brek Shea started for FC Dallas. Shea has the most recent experience with the full team, making his debut on Oct. 12 against Colombia. A trio of Los Angeles Galaxy defenders will move to a different locker room at The HDC, including 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year Omar Gonzalez, who got his first international appearance on Aug. 10 against Brazil and was named to the 2010 MLS Best XI.  San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondoloski joined him on the Best XI after scoring 18 goals - including nine game-winners - and capturing the MLS Golden Boot.

After becoming the first U.S. Soccer Development Academy alumnus to play for the full national team, Juan Agudelo made his first appearance memorable by becoming the youngest player in the modern era to score for the United States when he tallied the lone goal in the 1-0 win on Nov. 17 against South Africa.  He was joined on the field that day by Red Bull teammate and MLS Rookie of the Year finalist Tim Ream, who also heads to Carson. At the other end of the spectrum, two-time MLS Cup winner Nick Rimando is the oldest player on the roster at 31 years old.  The MVP of the 2009 MLS Cup has four caps to his credit.

Alejandro Bedoya leads the small European-based contingent, the Örebro midfielder having earned six caps in 2010 and a spot on the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Mikkel Diskerud returns after debuting in the 1-0 victory in the Nelson Mandela Challenge, having set up Agudelo for the game's only goal.  Dominic Cervi also rejoins after traveling to Cape Town with the team, while Ryan Miller gets his first call into a national team camp.

The roster boasts several players with youth World Cup experience.  Wynne played in the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup on the U.S. team that finished first in Group D ahead of Argentina and Germany.  Two years later, Dax McCarty and Wallace helped the U.S. once again top a Group D, eventually falling in the quarterfinals to Austria.  Diskerud, Shea and Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson went with the U-20s to Egypt in 2009, and Agudelo was part of the U-17 squad that finished in second place in their group at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Of the group heading into the January camp, a total of six players will be age eligible for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The annual January camps have produced some memorable moments in addition to being the starting point of promising international careers.  In 2007, a young Jonathan Bornstein scored his first goal in his first game, a path which led to two starts at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. A year later, Landon Donovan made history when he became the all-time leader in goals scored for the United States. In 2009, Sacha Kljestan opened his international scoring account in style, becoming only the second player in U.S. history to score his first three goals all in the same game.

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Birthdate

Caps/G

Hometown

Club

Agudelo, Juan

F

6-0

180

11/23/92

1/1

Barnegat, N.J.

New York Red Bulls

Alexander, Eric

M

6-1

165

04/14/88

0/0

Portage, Mich.

FC Dallas

Bedoya, Alejandro

M

5-10

160

04/25/87

6/0

Westin, Fla.

Örebro (Sweden)

Braun, Justin

F

6-3

195

03/31/87

0/0

Salt Lake City, Utah

Chivas USA

Bunbury, Teal

F

6-2

175

02/27/90

1/0

Prior Lake, Minn.

Sporting Kansas City

Cervi, Dominic

GK

6-6

204

07/09/86

0/0

Norman, Okla.

Celtic (Scotland)

Cronin, Sam

M

5-10

165

12/12/86

2/0

Winston-Salem, N.C.

San Jose Earthquakes

DeLaGarza, A.J.

D

5-9

145

11/04/87

0/0

Bryans Road, Md.

Los Angeles Galaxy

Diskerud, Mikkel

M

6-0

150

10/02/90

1/0

Oslo, Norway

Stabaek (Norway)

Franklin, Sean

D

5-10

155

03/21/85

0/0

Palmdale, Calif.

Los Angeles Galaxy

Gonzalez, Omar

D

6-5

210

10/11/88

1/0

Dallas, Texas

Los Angeles Galaxy

Ihemelu, Ugo

D

6-0

178

04/03/83

2/0

Cedar Hill, Texas

FC Dallas

Johnson, Sean

GK

6-4

220

05/31/89

0/0

Lilburn, Ga.

Chicago Fire

Larentowicz, Jeff

M

6-1

175

08/05/83

0/0

Philadelphia, Pa.

Colorado Rapids

Loyd, Zach

D

5-9

160

07/18/87

0/0

Verdigris, Okla.

FC Dallas 

McCarty, Dax

M

5-9

150

04/30/87

4/0

Winter Park. Fla.

D.C. United 

Miller, Ryan

D

5-11

160

12/14/84

0/0

Barrington, Ill.

Halmstads BK (Sweden)

Pickens, Matt

GK

6-3

200

04/05/82

0/0

Washington, Mo.

Colorado Rapids 

Ream, Tim

D

6-1

160

10/05/87

1/0

St. Louis, Mo.

New York Red Bulls 

Rimando, Nick

GK

5-11

181

06/17/79

4/0

Montclair, Calif.

Real Salt Lake 

Shea, Brek

M

6-3

180

02/28/90

1/0

College Station, Texas

FC Dallas 

Wallace, Anthony

M

5-11

160

01/26/89

0/0

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Colorado Rapids 

Wondolowski, Chris

F

6-0

165

01/28/83

0/0

Danville, Calif.

San Jose Earthquakes 

Wynne, Marvell

D

5-9

171

05/08/86

4/0

Poway, Calif.

Colorado Rapids 


It is an interesting roster and I can't wait to see what team will be put on the pitch and how the battle between the defenders ends up.  Many people have picked Juan Agudelo as one of the young players to watch after his recent performance in the Nelson Mandela Challenge, but who do you think will be the player who makes the loudest pop in camp and the two winter friendlies?

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