Juergen Klinsmann and US Soccer today announced the 26-man roster for the United States Men's National Team's annual January camp. It features, unsurprisingly, predominantly players from Major League Soccer as well as one player from Scandanavia. Among the players called into camp are two members of D.C. United: Eddie Johnson and Bill Hamid. The camp will run from January 6 through February 1, with a slightly smaller group of 23 players departing the middle of camp for Brazil to conduct a dry run of the training and match facilities. The camp will end with a friendly against South Korea on February 1 at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles.
Johnson has been a recent staple for the National Team, and his call-up is no surprise. Bill Hamid remains one of the fringe national team players, and is accompanied in his call-up by Sean Johnson and Tally Hall, two other young goalkeepers looking to be a part of the next wave behind Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, and Nick Rimando. The camp will also feature such players as DeAndre Yedlin, Mike Magee, Luis Gil, and Mix Diskerud.
I am always in favor of the January camp and its friendlies, which allow fans a first look at players who are of interest to the national team coach and his staff. What are you looking forward to seeing in this edition of Camp Cupcake?
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