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Nguyen, Jones make 23-man U.S. Roster

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

New England Revolution stars Lee Nguyen and Jermaine Jones were both named by U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to a 23-player roster on Saturday for the upcoming U.S. friendlies against Chile and Panama. The U.S. opens 2015 against Chile on Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Rancagua with kickoff at Estadio El Teniente set for 6 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. After returning to the U.S., the team will face Panama on Sunday, Feb. 8, in Carson, Calif. at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The U.S. National Team has been training at the National Training Center in Carson since Jan. 12.

“These guys have put in a lot of work these past two weeks of training for what is essentially their preseason, and now it’s time to focus on getting a result against a difficult opponent in Chile,” said Klinsmann in a release from U.S. Soccer. “We know it’s going to be a challenging situation, but these are the types of opportunities we need to keep growing.”

Twenty of the 23 man roster currently ply their trade in Major League Soccer. The Revolution are tied with Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC, D.C. United, Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids for the most representation on the roster. Former Revolution star Clint Dempsey was also named to the roster.


GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

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