Royals midfielder gets the nod from KlinsmannWhilst the focus in England currently resides on the rapidly approaching Euros, we want to borrow your attention for a moment and take you across the Atlantic to where Royals midfielder Danny Williams has been called into the US squad to potentially face Puerto Rico in a friendly.
US Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 22 players to Miami for a transition camp to begin preparations for the 2016 Copa America Centenario. The opening week will culminate in a friendly against Puerto Rico for the first time in the team’s history on the 22nd May in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
Reading’s dynamic midfielder has been selected in the group made up exclusively of US players based in Europe and Mexico who have just completed their club seasons. A total of 15 players travelling to the camp in Miami are in contention for the 23-man squad that will compete in the 2016 Copa America Centenario, having been included in the binding 40-man preliminary list submitted on 29th April to tournament organisers. The final roster for Copa America must be turned in no later than 20th May.
“We are doing this week in Miami and finishing off the week with a game in Puerto Rico because it’s really important in terms of transitioning our players coming in from Europe and some who are already done in Mexico to keep them in a flow, to keep them in a rhythm,” said Klinsmann.
“One of our lessons from last year’s Gold Cup was, because the tournament was pushed into July, we couldn’t transition our European-based players and some of the Mexican players perfectly.
“We added some players coming from the younger side to look at them and to get a roster together, but the main purpose of this camp is to keep the rhythm, keep going and to transition perfectly into the preparation for the Copa America Centenario.”
The match against Puerto Rico will be the first of three warm-up games for the United States of America, heading into the Copa America Centenario in June. Following the trip to Puerto Rico, the USA will face Ecuador on 25th May and Bolivia on 28th May.
The full squad of internationally-based players is: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg), Danny Williams (Reading), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Fabrice Picault (FC St. Pauli), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Bobby Wood (Hamburg).