National team coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced on Twitter that he would be inviting 30 players from the squad's preliminary list to the pre-World Cup training camp at Stanford University. The two-week long camp kicks off on May 14.
Klinsmann had initially only planned on inviting 26-28 players, keeping a few just a phone call away in case of injuries. But now 30 players will compete, head-to-head, for the 23 roster spots Klinsmann must submit to FIFA by June 2.
“We definitely will go with 30,” he said on a video released Thursday afternoon by the US soccer federation. “These 30 players will all go into Stanford because of the situation. The timing is still complicated: Some come back from injuries, some we still need to see and evaluate in the camp. We decided to take advantage of this whole 30-man roster. It makes it a little more tricky with the training sessions, but we have good, quality work prepared for them.”
The US has three friendlies scheduled ahead of Brazil: May 27 vs. Azerbaijan in San Francisco, June 1 vs. Turkey in New Jersey, and June 7 against Nigeria in Jacksonville.
“It's really, really important to see every one of them in every training session over the course of two and a half weeks to be sure we really have the right 23 going into Brazil. In soccer, it's a lot about momentum, it's a lot about timing. We are very curious about the performances in camp. We want to make sure we cover all of our bases.”
Most of the roster spots figure to be locked up already with World Cup vets, but guys like Julian Green or Chris Wondolowski could wedge their way onto the roster.