There are some noticeable absences from the lineup, as longtime National team staples Clint Dempsey, who plays for the Seattle Sounders, and Michael Bradley are both not on the team for these upcoming friendlies.
Despite the absence of Dempsey and Bradley, Klinsmann is still utilizing 10 players from Major League Soccer. Those players are DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Matt Besler, Bill Hamid, Sean Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen, Nick Rimando, Chris Wondolowski, and DeAndre Yedlin.
This roster also includes 16 players returning from this year’s World Cup squad. 12 of the players on the team are also rather young, less than 24 years old, and with less than 10 caps in International play.
While this is merely a roster for upcoming friendlies, there are some interesting points that should be addressed.
Most importantly, is the fact that this squad feature 10 players from within the MLS. Klinsmann has long been of the opinion that in order for the US national team to become truly great, the MLS itself needs to improve. The fact that 10 players on the US squad are from the MLS, is an indicator that there is an increase in the talent and potential as far as Klinsmann sees.
It is also important to know that there is little reason for concern to see longtime veterans like Bradley and Dempsey not on the team for the friendlies, fans just need to remember that this is just that, a friendly. Demspsey and Bradley are both likely to be a part of the team for any international tournaments, and Klinsmann is simply using these friendlies as an opportunity to get some less experienced players, sometime on the international playing field.
For any fans who are excited to watch some USMNT play, the United States will be taking on Colombia on Friday at 2:45 Eastern Time in London on November 14th, and then 4 days later will be going to play in Dublin for the first time since 2002.