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The Hexagonal

Klinsmann Selects 24 For First World Cup Qualifier

Two players with dual citizenship—Timothy Chandler and Omar Gonzalez—headline Klinsmann's selections for the Hexagonal opener in Honduras. If either plays, they will be committed to the U.S.

BY John Godfrey Posted
February 04, 2013
4:26 AM
Was it worth the wait?

United States men's soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann held off until the last-possible moment to announce his roster for Wednesday's Hexagonal opener in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Here is the complete squad:

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa - 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton – 22/9 SO), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire – 0/0)

DEFENDERS (9): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City – 0 caps/0 goals), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander – 31/5), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City – 5/0), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana – 0/0), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg – 0/0), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders – 0/0), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy – 0/0), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim – 3/0), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg – 3/0)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Roma – 19/5), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo - 0/0), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor – 9/0), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04 – 5/0), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht – 12/0), Jose Torres (Tigres – 9/0), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim – 4/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City – 3/0)

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar – 17/6), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur – 26/10), Herculez Gomez (Santos – 6/2), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders – 11/10)

“We want to have a sense of urgency right from the start of the Final Round," said Klinsmann. “We have a lot of respect for Honduras, but our message to the team is that we are going there to get three points. One thing we learned from the Semifinal Round is that you have to bring the right mentality to play in the tough games on the road, and I’m confident we are ready to do that.”

American Soccer Now will have much more on this roster, projected lineups, player interviews, tactics, and more. ASN Deputy Editor Noah Davis is in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, now and will be bringing you up-to-date coverage before, during, and after the contest.

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