Jurgen Klinsmann continues to throw curveballs when it comes to the United States national team roster. While Clint Dempsey was not called in -- as expected -- DeAndre Yedlin and Sounders Academy product Jordan Morris were among the 25 players named to the roster for upcoming friendlies against Colombia (Nov. 14) and Ireland (Nov. 18).
Klinsmann's roster is mixed mostly among European and MLS-based players, with Yedlin and New England Revolution midfielders Lee Nguyen and Jermaine Jones the only MLS players whose teams are still participating in the MLS Cup playoffs. Although most of the players have already reported to London ahead of the Colombia match, Yedlin is expected to join them after the second leg of the Western Conference semifinals against FC Dallas on Monday.
Yedlin's inclusion, while not exactly ideal, does not come as a huge shock. That Morris will be reporting to USMNT camp for a second time is a bit more surprising. The Stanford sophomore is the only amateur to receive a call under Klinsmann and the first to named to a USMNT senior roster since Chris Albright in 1999.
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)