Who Should Jurgen Klinsmann Call Up for the Ukraine Friendly?
We are now a matter of a few weeks away from the USA vs Ukraine friendly on March 5, so it’s time to think about who will be called in for national team duty. Being a friendly in Kiev, Jurgen Klinsmann should call in mostly European based players which could look like this:
Tim Howard (Everton, English Premier League); Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, EPL); Cody Cropper (Southampton, EPL)
Howard and Guzan are the usual number 1 and number 2, and 21 year-old Cropper received his first call up against Bosnia in August which also included European based players.
Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim, German Bundesliga); Geoff Cameron (Stoke City, EPL); John Brooks (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga); Tim Ream (Bolton, English Championship); Will Packwood (Birmingham, Championship)
With the injuries of Timothy Chandler, Oguchi Onyewu, and Eric Lichaj, some new faces like Will Packwood should get the call up. Packwood, 20, plays consistently for Birmingham and is performing well at center-back for the Blues. Tim Ream has slowly put himself in contention for a World Cup spot; having played well at center-back for the 7th place team in England’s second tier. John Brooks, another bright prospect for the USMNT, has returned from injury recently and could make the start in Ukraine.
Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg, Noway’s Tippeligaen); Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders, on loan at Fulham in the EPL); Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes, French Ligue 1); Brek Shea (Stoke City, on loan at Barnsley in English Championship); Danny Williams (Reading, English Championship); Jermaine Jones (Schalke, Bundesliga, on loan at Besiktas in Turkey); Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht, Belgian Pro League); Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town, English Championship, on loan at Yeovil Town in the Championship)
Clint Dempsey could be available for the Ukraine match depending on his loan deal with Fulham. If he can stay for the March 1 game against Chelsea, he should be called into the national squad. If not, Dempsey will be heading back to Seattle to start MLS play. Danny Williams has been on an absolute tear with Reading in the Championship, and should be called up. Duane Holmes could also earn his first call into the squad. The English-American from Georgia had been impressive with Huddersfield Town before moving to Yeovil Town on loan recently. He is 19 and may not quite be on the radar of Jurgen Klinsmann with this being a World Cup year.
Jozy Altidore (Sunderland, EPL); Aron Johannsson (AZ, Dutch Eredivisie); Juan Agudelo (Stoke City, on loan at FC Utrecht in Eredivisie); Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna, Austrian Bundesliga)
Juan Aguelo, and Aron Johannsson have seen their stock improve for the World Cup as of late. Since moving to Holland, Agudelo has seen much of the pitch and scored his first goal a couple of weeks ago. Johannsson has been deadly in front of net for AZ and scored last weekend after returning from injury. He has 14 league goals (22 total) which is best on the team, and third in the league.
I will also have a prediction on the starting XI after the roster release.
Sports Kings Contributor Cody Maggard (@CodyMaggard10)