Jurgen Klinsmann has made it clear he plans to invite all 30 players who are named to the preliminary United States’ World Cup roster to the start of next week’s training camp.
The U.S. coach might have to wait a few extra days for a few of the World Cup hopefuls to arrive, including forward Aron Johannsson.
While the club season ends this weekend for many of the Americans playing abroad, there is the possibility of more games that could impact whether the entire U.S. contingent is on hand when camp opens May 14.
”It has priority that they get the job done with their club teams before they come into camp,” Klinsmann said in a recent interview with U.S. Soccer. ”So, we might have a few guys coming in a couple of days later than we expected them, but that’s all right.”
Johannsson, who has 26 goals across all competitions this season for AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch league, is the most notable of those who might miss the start of camp. The 23-year-old forward has battled an ankle injury lately and missed the first leg of a semifinal playoff game at home against Heerenveen on Wednesday, with the return match scheduled for Saturday.
If Alkmaar advances to the finals, he would likely miss the opening of training camp at Stanford University.
Another American hopeful who could be delayed by his club team’s season is Timmy Chandler.
The Nuremberg defender recently returned to action following knee surgery in February, and he played the entirety of a 2-0 loss to Hannover over the weekend. However, with one German Bundesliga game remaining, Chandler’s club team is in danger of relegation.
Nuremberg, which closes out its season against Schalke on Saturday, is currently 17th out of 18 Bundesliga teams – one point ahead of last-place Eintracht Braunschweig and one point behind Hamburg.
The bottom two Bundesliga teams are automatically relegated to the second division, while the 16th-place team faces a home-and-home playoff against the third-place team from the second league for a Bundesliga spot.
Should Nuremberg make it into a playoff, Chandler – who has played in 10 games for the national team – would also miss valuable time with the Americans during training.
Preliminary 30-man World Cup rosters are due to FIFA by May 13, while the final 23-man roster must be submitted by June 2.
The host country, Brazil, announced its 23-man roster on Wednesday, but Klinsmann has said he prefers the competition and depth the extra players will provide during camp.
”It makes it a little bit more tricky with the training sessions, but we prepared them already so we have good quality work there prepared for them,” Klinsmann said. ”But definitely we’ll take advantage of all 30 players.”
HEALTHY REPORTS: Klinsmann recently sent national team fitness coach Masa Sakihana to Germany to check on the health of Chandler and Julian Green. Klinsmann said he was pleased with the reported progress of Chandler following knee surgery, as well as with Green – who has been out of action for Bayern Munich’s second team since dislocating a shoulder during his debut for the U.S. against Mexico on April 3. The 18-year-old forward has returned to limited training and is expected to be ready for the U.S. training camp.
BOYD’S SURGE: Forward Terrence Boyd continued to take steps toward securing his spot with the U.S. next month in Brazil over the weekend. The 23-year-old forward scored for the fifth time in three games for Rapid Vienna on Sunday, giving him a career-high 19 goals across all competitions this season. Boyd is scoreless in 12 national team appearances for the U.S., but he’s earned praise of late from Klinsmann for his recent form. His recent surge might just have earned him a spot in Brazil.