Sounders FC fans have known what to expect from the latest U.S. men’s national team roster thanks to a Sports Illustrated report from last week, but now it’s official.
USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann has included Seattle’s Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans among 23 players for Wednesday’s 11:30 a.m. road friendly at Bosnia, which is ranked 13th in the world by FIFA. Captain Clint Dempsey was left out.
Johnson and Evans are the only two MLS players called up. Johnson has played 12 international games this year, tied for most on U.S. Soccer with DaMarcus Beasley.
The U.S. is on a federation-record 11-game winning streak and this is the first tuneup before World Cup qualifying resumes Sept. 6 at Costa Rica and Sept. 10 vs. Mexico in Columbus, Ohio.
Here is a look at the roster (with more notes from U.S. after the jump):
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GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)
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- Tim Howard is the leading cap-winner on the roster with 90 appearances.
- Jozy Altidore has scored in his last four matches for the United States and is one of only six U.S. players to accomplish this feat, joining William Looby, Eric Wynalda, Brian McBride, Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan (twice). He would become the first player in history to score in five straight matches if he were to find the back of the net against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
- Six players on the roster appeared in all three of the USA’s wins in World Cup Qualifying in June: Altidore, Michael Bradley, Brad Evans, Howard, Eddie Johnson and Fabian Johnson.
- A total of seven players were part of the Gold Cup-winning squad: Alejandro Bedoya, Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Mix Diskerud, Eddie Johnson, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Michael Parkhurst.
- Leagues from 10 different countries are represented on the roster. Seven players come from playing in England, and five from Germany.
- Five players on the roster are based in North America, with the Seattle Sounders sending the duo of Evans and Eddie Johnson and Club Tijuana contributing Castillo and Corona. Puebla defender Orozco Fiscal rounds out the group.
- Evans scored the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win against Jamaica on June 7 in Kingston, the first ever road victory in qualifying against The Reggae Boyz.
- Corona scored his first and second career goals for the National Team during the Gold Cup.
- Having joined the squad after the group phase, Eddie Johnson scored 15 seconds after he entered the game in the 60th minute of the USA’s 5-1 win against El Salvador in the quarterfinal.
- Johnson is tied for the most appearances this year for the MNT with DaMarcus Beasley, each having played in 12 matches.
- Bedoya, who recently transferred to Nantes in Ligue 1 in France, also got on the scoresheet for the first time in his international career when he tallied in the 6-0 win against Guatemala on July 5 in San Diego.
- Four players are in camp with the senior team for the first time: John Anthony Brooks, Cody Cropper, Aron Johannsson and Bobby Wood.
- Cropper started all three matches for the U.S. at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
- A native of Hawaii, Wood played in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The 20-year-old 1860 Munich forward could become the second player from Hawaii ever to play for the full National Team, following Brian Ching.
- Brooks has been a part of the U.S. Youth National Team program at the U-20 level. He made his debut appearance in the Bundesliga this past weekend and did so in style, scoring the game-winner in the 6-1 win for Hertha Berlin against Eintracht Frankfurt.
- Johannsson has applied to FIFA for a change of association after having represented Iceland at the U-21 level. He has scored twice in as many games for AZ Alkmaar, including a penalty in the 3-2 win against Ajax on Sunday. Born in Mobile, Ala., he makes his debut in the U.S. set up and awaits the completion of the process in order to be eligible to participate in matches.
- Terrence Boyd finished his first season at Rapid Vienna with 15 goals in all competitions.
- With two straight clean sheets in March, Brad Guzan now has five shutouts in seven matches played in qualifying in his career, posting a 4-1-2 record.
- Guzan was voted the 2013 Aston Villa Player of the Year by both players and supporters.
- Danny Williams moved in the summer from Hoffenheim to Reading of the English League Championship.
- Tim Ream returns to the fold for the first time since October of 2011.
- Six players participated in the combined U-20/U-23 MNT camp in November of 2011 in Duisburg: Boyd, Brooks, Corona, Cropper, Diskerud and Wood.
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