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Klinsmann calls up MLS players for US National Team camp in Brazil

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On Friday, U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann called up 26 players for training camp, which partly will be held in Brazil to prepare for FIFA World Cup 2014.

In World Cup, the USA will compete in the ominous Group of Death, featuring Germany, Portugal and Ghana,

Twenty-five of Klinsmann's selected players compete in MLS and nine of those players are looking for their first international cap. Seven players will experience their first-ever National Team camp, including Seth Sinovic, Chance Myers, Luis Gil, Michael Harrington, Chris Klute, Shane O'Neill and DeAndre Yedlin.

"We are all very excited for this camp because, as a team, it will give us our first taste of Brazil," said Klinsmann. "This is a very important camp in our preparations for the World Cup. 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 camp, which runs from Jan. 6-Feb. 1, will take place on two continents. After six days in California, a 23-player group will base in Sao Paulo from Jan. 13-25 to give the players and staff a dry run of this summer's tournament in Brazil. The team will then return to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center.

USA to face Korea Republic in February

The National Team camp culminates with a friendly against Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif., after Klinsmann cuts the roster to 23 players. Kickoff at the StubHub Center is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas.

Landon Donovan warms up

Ten of the rostered players helped the USA advance to the finals of World Cup qualifying, including LA Galaxy's Landon Donovan, who tied for the team lead in 2013 with eight goals. Donovan started all six games in the Gold Cup and shared Golden Boot honors with Chris Wondolowski, each scoring five times.

Mix Diskerud was the only other player to make an appearance in all six Gold Cup matches. Diskerud appeared in 13 of the USA's last 14 matches dating back to July 5 against Guatemala. He played in all six matches in the 2013 Gold Cup winning run, and started the last two World Cup qualifiers. Remarkably, the United States holds a record of 12-1-3 all-time in games in which Diskerud has appeared.

Chicago Fire's Mike Magee was voted the 2013 MLS MVP after scoring 21 goals. The 29-year-old was also named to the League's Best XI alongside Besler, Gonzalez and Zusi.

Klinsmann called up five players from MLS Cup Champion Sporting KC, including Graham Zusi, Benny Feilhaber, Sinovic, Matt Besler and Myers.

U.S. ROSTER

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)

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