Brookwood grad Sean Johnson, shown in action last season with the Chicago Fire, is part of the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team's pre-World Cup training camp, which begins this month. (PHOTO: USA Today)
U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has selected 26 players, a group that includes Brookwood grad Sean Johnson, for the first FIFA World Cup preparation camp. The session began Jan. 6, runs through Feb. 1 and covers two continents.
The players completed the first six days in Carson, Calif., then a 23-player group will base in Sao Paulo from Monday through Jan. 25 to give the players and staff a dry run of this summer’s tournament in Brazil. The team will then return to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center.
The roster is packed with veterans of the World Cup qualifying campaign as a total of 10 players helped the United States advance to the finals for the seventh-consecutive time. At the other end of the spectrum, nine players will be looking to earn their first cap for the Senior Team.
Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound goalkeeper, is one of four goalkeepers on the U.S. camp squad. The 24-year-old plays soccer for Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire.
“We are all very excited for this camp because, as a team, it will give us our first taste of Brazil,” said Klinsmann. “This is a very important camp in our preparations for the World Cup. It’s important for the players to continue developing their bond and sense of urgency for the tournament. It’s important for us to see how they do in Brazil, how the new players fit with the group and to make sure everyone is focused on reaching the highest level for next summer.”
Here's a look at the U.S. camp roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (10): 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 (8): 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 (4): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)