U.S. coach Jürgen Klinsmann has included six uncapped players in his 22-man squad for the friendly against the Czech Republic in Prague next Wednesday.
Klinsmann has opted to start the preparations for the long-term in the first test since the exertions in Brazil ended last month. Several of the familiar, European-based faces like Jozy Altidore, Geoff Cameron, Brad Guzan and Fabian Johnson will return to provide the core of the side, but the exclusion of MLS stalwarts like Matt Besler, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey provides Klinsmann with a chance to run the rule over promising players capable of contributing over the next few years.
“When you start a new cycle, you want to see as many new players and young players breaking in as possible,” Klinsmann said in a statement. “Obviously, you always respect your established players and you always want to give them the space to continue their good work, but you also want to use that opportunity going forward to introduce young blood into the program, give them time on the training field, and you also want to give them time in a real game and prove a point. Show us what you have. Show us your talent, be confident and go for your next level. This is what comes up in the next couple games.
Utrecht forward Rubio Rubin highlights the list of inclusions with Fulham midfielder Emerson Hyndman, Borussia Dortmund forward Joe Gyau, Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales and 1860 Munich forward Bobby World also handed the chance to impress. Klinsmann also named Club Tijuana duo Joe Corona and Greg Garza in his side and recalled Puebla defender Michael Orozco, Bolton defender Tim Ream, Stoke City midfielder Brek Shea to give them a chance to state their claims after missing out on the World Cup.
The decision to name a blended squad with 10 players from the World Cup squad and a host of players trying to force their way into the reckoning will provide Klinsmann with the chance to measure his emerging brigade against some of the established figures.
Guzan, in particular, will attract attention with longtime number one Tim Howard now out of the picture until 2015. Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando – the only MLS player named in the 22-man squad – will provide the primary competition with Southampton reserve Cody Cropper also selected.