Jurgen Klinsmann Calls 26 U.S. Soccer Players to California Camp, Begins Preparations for 2014 World Cup

Jurgen Klinsmann, Landon DonovanCHICAGO — U.S. soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann is turning to experienced hands as he sets his roster for the World Cup in Brazil.

He has called 26 players to Carson, Calif., for a camp that runs from Jan. 6 to Feb. 1. After six days in California, 23 players will head to Sao Paulo from Jan. 13-25 for a dry run for this summer’s tournament. The team will then return to its U.S. training center.

The preliminary roster features 10 players who helped the U.S. advance to the World Cup for the seventh straight time. Midfielder Graham Zusi led all players with nine appearances, while defender Omar Gonzalez and forward Eddie Johnson had eight each.

Klinsmann says the camp will “give us our first taste of Brazil” and help the players develop a “bond and sense of urgency for the tournament.”

Here’s the full roster, via ussoccer.com:

Goalkeepers: Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids), Chance Myers (Sporting Kansas City), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Seth Sinovic (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

Midfielders: Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Landon Donovan (L.A. Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

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