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U.S. national soccer team winter camp begins Monday

Coach Juergen Klinsmann has called up 26 players for the monthlong camp, which will be held in Southern California and Brazil in preparation for the summer's World Cup.

January 03, 2014|By Kevin Baxter
  • Coach Juergen Klinsmann and the U.S. national team will begin its first training camp of 2014 on Monday in preparations for the World Cup this summer in Brazil.
Coach Juergen Klinsmann and the U.S. national team will begin its first… (Victor R. Caivano, AP )

Coach Juergen Klinsmann called up 26 players for the first training camp of 2014 on Friday as the U.S. national soccer team begins ramping up its preparations for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

The monthlong camp, which begins Monday in Carson, will be split between Southern California and Brazil and will end with a Feb. 1 friendly against South Korea at the StubHub Center.

"This is a very important camp in our preparations for the World Cup," said Klinsmann, whose team will hold twice-daily training sessions at its World Cup base in Sao Paulo on Jan. 13 to 25. "It's important for the players to continue developing their bond and sense of urgency for the tournament. It's important for us to see how they do in Brazil, how the new players fit with the group and to make sure everyone is focused on reaching the highest level for next summer."

The U.S. national team's winter camp roster has traditionally relied on domestic players because soccer leagues in Europe and Mexico are in full swing — and this month's roster is no exception. All but one of the players summoned Friday plays in Major League Soccer, among them the Galaxy's Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez and former teammate Mike Magee, the league's MVP who was traded to Chicago in May.

Magee, 29, was last called up by the national team nine years ago and is the oldest player in camp without an international cap.

The final roster for the U.S. Cup team will be selected in the spring.

Winter camp roster:

Goalkeepers: Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (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: 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: Landon Donovan (Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).

kevin.baxter@latimes.com

Twitter: @kbaxter11

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