Juergen Klinsmann today announced his US Men's National Team Roster for the friendly versus Mexico on August 10th, 2011. There are a couple of head scratchers, a couple of agreeable picks, and plenty of expected selections as well. Among the most surprising is the call-up of Bill Hamid of DC United. A homegrown player through the DC United system is a surprising selection for Klinsmann, but nevertheless Hamid isn't starting.
Other quick notable is the return of Freddy Adu. After a stellar Gold Cup run, Adu is called back to play for the National Squad by Klinsmann. Freddy deserves this shot, he worked his tail off and showed the flashes of skill that once made him the chosen one of US Soccer. It may have taken a few years of maturation for him to actually prove himself as a player capable of being a standout on the international stage, but he has reached a point where fans actually called for him to return to the National Squad.
The full US MNT Squad is after the jump.
FULL USA ROSTER:
Goalkeepers (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton/England)
Defenders (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne/France), Edgar Castillo (Club América/Mexico), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg/Germany), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/Germany), Clarence Goodson (Brøndby/Denmark), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis/Mexico), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
Midfielders (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach/Germany), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt/Germany), Maurice Edu (Rangers/Scotland), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04/Germany), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca)
Are there any surprises for you? I feel like Beasley could've been left off, but I'm guessing Klinsmann feels Beasley's recent, albeit short, time in Mexico may help him against the Mexican defense? Not sure what to think there. What I like about this roster the most is the one thing Klinsmann himself pointed out, the US wants depth and competition at all positions. Players will have to prove they deserve their spot, and continue to prove it. Nobody is a guaranteed roster selection, except perhaps Landon Donovan and Tim Howard, but if either flops horribly for some reason I suspect Klinsmann would have no qualms about benching them. This is doubtful to happen, but is still worth a note.