Jurgen Klinsmann has announced his roster for this month's training camp which begins on Monday in California. Among those invited are the Fire's Sean Johnson and Mike Magee. Twenty-six players will participate in a week long first phase before the roster is pared down to 23 and travels to Brazil for phase two from January 13-25.
There are plenty of familiar names on the roster and some new ones. Magee in particular will finally get a chance to show Klinsmann that he belongs on the US roster heading into the World Cup. Sean Johnson will also have a shot to claim the third goalkeeper spot if he can outshine Nick Rimando, Tally Hall, and Bill Hamid over the next month.
Here's the 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)
Fire's preseason schedule
The opening of camp is just around the corner. Players will report to Toyota Park for physicals and fitness testing on January 25 before departing for the first phase of preseason training in Ave Maria, Florida the next day. The team will also train in Brandenton, Florida and Tucson, Arizona this spring.
Here's the itinerary:
|Jan. 25:||Players arrive at Toyota Park for physicals|
|Jan. 26 – Feb. 2:||First Team trains in Ave Maria, Fla.|
|Feb 2:||Chicago Fire vs. Florida Gulf Coast University – 10:00 a.m. CT – Ave Maria University|
|Feb. 5 – 12:||First Team trains at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.|
|Feb. 15 – March 2:||First Team trains in Tucson, Ariz. as part of the 2014 Desert Diamond Cup|
|Feb. 19:||Chicago Fire vs. Colorado Rapids – 4:30 p.m. CT - Kino North Sports Complex|
|Feb. 22:||Chicago Fire vs. FC Tucson – 2:00 p.m. CT - Kino North Sports Complex|
|Feb. 26:||Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution – 4:30 p.m. CT - Kino North Sports Complex|
|March 1:||Placement Match TBD - Kino North Sports Complex|
Marco Pappa has been released by Heerenveen and is available on a free transfer. His contract was mutually terminated with two years remaining but the Fire no longer hold his MLS rights. If he were to return to the US he'd be subject to the allocation process since a transfer fee was received back in 2012. Pappa appeared in only 12 league matches for Heerenveen since 2012.
Here's the current allocation order:
- D.C. United
- FC Dallas
- San Jose
- New England
- Chivas USA
- LA Galaxy
- New York
- Real Salt Lake
- Sporting KC
The MLS combine starts a week from today and the draft will take place on January 16. MLS has named four players to this year's Generation Adidas class. Connecticut goalkeeper Andre Blake, Louisville midfielder Marlon Hairston, Creighton defender Eric Miller, and Maryland forward Ntokozo Tshuma. The league has also signed highly regarded Maryland forward Patrick Mullins and Georgetown forward Steve Neumann.