On January 3rd, Jurgen Klinsmann named his 26-man roster for the United State’s Men’s National Team (USMNT) January camp. Included in the roster are LA Galaxy’s two American DP’s Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez. This can be their chance to prove that they are indeed World Cup squad material and ready to play in this summer’s tournament.
Neither Landon Donovan nor Omar Gonzalez are strangers to the camp, and it must even be an extra comfort to the pair that the camp is being held at their home stadium and training facility the StubHub in Carson, CA. After the 6-day training at the StubHub the boys will train in Brazil for two weeks, then return to face Korea Republic in a friendly. Both players are scheduled to return to LA Galaxy’s pre-season training following the Korea Republic match.
Also, a new face in camp is Mike Magee. For years, LA Galaxy fans have said that Magee deserved to be on the national team squad. He’s proved himself time and time again on the field during MLS regular season and in playoff matches. Even though the Chicago Fire didn’t make it to the MLS Cup this year, he made a difference to the club and is clearly missed on the field for the Galaxy. Is this year his year? Hopefully, we see Magee on the pitch in Brazil in the summer.
The USMNT had great results in the World Cup Qualifiers. Klinsmann hopes to keep the team up to the same level and hopefully reach some progress in the World Cup, though it will be a challenge with the group they were drawn into. Germany and Portugal are top teams, and Ghana is a familiar foe that knocked them out of the World Cup last time.