Copa America Centenario: Jürgen Klinsmann sets 40-man preliminary roster

Copa America Centenario: Jürgen Klinsmann sets 40-man preliminary roster

With about a month less for the 2016 Copa America Centenario, 40 names have been picked by Jurgen Klinsmann to represent the United States.

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U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has submitted the 40-player preliminary roster for the 2016 Copa America Centenario happening on home soil. Tournament rules require the final 23-player roster to be turned in no later than May 20 to the Local Organizing Committee, in which them and the remaining 15 nations participating in the tournament will have to do by then. All the players on the final list must come from the preliminary roster. 

Experience

The 51 year-old German coach has picked 40 names that have been familiar to USMNT fans ever since he became the head coach back in 2011. It has all but four names that were included in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and many more that were apart of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup on home turf.

USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Photo: Getty Images
USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Photo: Getty Images

Preparation

The national will begin their training camp for the tournament May 16 in Miami, Florida and play three preparation matches in advance of their opener against Colombia on June 3 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The U.S. will play Puerto Rico in Bayamón on Sunday, May 22, Ecuador on May 25 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas and finish off with a game against Bolivia on May 28 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Alongside Colombia in Group A of the Copa America, they will take on Costa Rica in Chicago, Illinois on June 7 at Soldier Field and finish their final group match against Paraguay in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 11 at Lincoln Financial Field.

USMNT roster By position

GOALKEEPERS (5): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Ethan Horvath (Molde), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (15): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Monterrey), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea FC), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland)

MIDFIELDERS (12): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Danny Williams (Reading FC), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (8): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund),Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

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