U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann will bring all 26 players in training camp to Brazil for the camp’s second phase. The 12-day stint will effectively serve as a dry run ahead of this summer’s World Cup.
That group includes Sounders FC’s Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin; it was previously believed that only 23 players would make the trip.
“We have been extremely pleased with the performance of the group in the first week,” said Klinsmann in a news release. “The players came in very fit and have done really well in training. Therefore, we believe they have all earned a chance to go to Brazil for these next 12 days. We are excited about getting down to Sao Paulo and continuing the work. This is a huge opportunity to get to know our environment for the World Cup.”
The U.S. will be based at the training grounds of Sao Paulo FC, and the trip will include a couple closed-door scrimmages against the Brazilian side. Camp will eventually return to the U.S. ahead of a Feb. 1 friendly against South Korea at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Speaking of the two Sounders, Evans had some interesting things to say about potentially grooming the future of the right-back position (Yedlin) while trying to secure his starting role there ahead of the World Cup.
“It’s a balance,” Evans told reporters, as transcribed by USsoccer.com. “DeAndre is my teammate in Seattle, but when we come here, we’re both battling for the same position. That’s the way I look at it. Obviously, all the questions off the field when we’re not at practice are always going to be there.
“I’m always going to be there as a cornerstone for him to come to when he needs advice on what to do here and there. In that position, if I see something I’m going to let him know. Him being 20-years old, I expect him to say, ‘this is what I would do in this situation,’ and we can bounce information of each other. That just builds good relationships and we can carry that over to Seattle because I’ll probably being playing right in front of him at right mid. There will be interchange there, and I think this will provide a good base moving forward.”
The camp roster is listed after the jump:
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GOALKEEPERS (4): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (10): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids), Chance Myers (Sporting Kansas City), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Seth Sinovic (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)