Klinsmann has called up 10 debutants for a developmental training camp in California, ahead of friendly matches against Canada and Iceland
Clint Dempsey was among the veteran stars left out of Jurgen Klinsmanns training camp ahead of USAs friendly games against Iceland and Canada but Columbus Crew stars Tony Tchani and Ethan Finlay are in the squad for the first time.
Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Jermaine Jones and Matt Besler will attend camp on Monday in Carson, California, as will New York Red Bulls goalie Joel Robles, and Jordan Morris, the Stanford student who announced earlier this week that he would be turning professional. But Dempsey, Kyle Beckerman, Graham Zusi, Brad Evans and Chris Wondolowski did not make the cut.
This will be more an identification camp, Klinsmann said in a statement. It will be more a developmental camp. We want to give those players a head start into their very busy year 2016, but we also want to make it clear to them that its a huge opportunity that you have here.
Eleven players in the squad are eligible to play for the American under-23 team, which faces Colombia in a two-leg playoff in March for a berth in this years Olympics in Rio. The US Soccer Federation said several veterans are on standby for that game.
Ten of the players called up by Klinsmann have never appeared for the national team: defenders Kellyn Acosta,Eric Miller, Tim Parker, Marc Pelosi and Matt Polster; midfielders Fatai Alashe and Tony Tchani; and forwards Ethan Finlay, Jerome Kiesewetter and Khiry Shelton.
Tchani, who was born in Cameroon, was called up by ahead of World Cup qualifiers in November but withdrew because of an injury sustained in an MLS playoff game. Kiesewetter, who plays for Stuttgart in the Bundesliga, is the only player on the roster not based in the US.
We give the opportunity to the next wave of players to come in and make an impression and see if they are ready to step it up into international level.
USA play Iceland on January 31 and Canada on February 5, both in Carson.
Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (DC United), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls).
Defenders: Kellyn Acosta (Dallas), Matt Besler (Kansas City), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Eric Miller (Montreal), Tim Parker (Vancouver), Marc Pelosi (San Jose), Matt Polster (Chicago)
Midfielders: Fatai Alashe (San Jose), Michael Bradley (Toronto), Mix Diskerud (New York City), Jermaine Jones (no club), Darlington Nagbe (Portland), Lee Nguyen (New England), Tony Tchani (Columbus), Wil Trapp (Columbus).
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto), Ethan Finlay (Columbus), Jerome Kiesewetter (Stuttgart, Germany), Jordan Morris (no club), Khiry Shelton (New York City), Gyasi Zardes (Los Angeles).