With a large and talented player pool attending the 2014 USMNT January camp, usually reserved for fringe players and younger prospects, Bill Hamid and Eddie Johnson proved their worth to manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
With Klinsmann's demand that all Americans looking to make the 2014 World Cup roster be playing somewhere during the winter months, either in Europe or at the 2014 camp, the player pool has never been deeper for a January camp.
Johnson (61 caps, 19 goals) was all but a lock for the final roster, barring an injury, as one of the veterans Klinsmann has relied on in the attack.
Hamid (1 cap), on the other hand, was viewed as a player with tons of promise, but one who has yet to prove himself at the senior level yet. Hamid and Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire) beat out Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo) for the goalkeeper spots behind likely starter Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) against Korea Republic.
Klinsmann sat down with USSoccer.com about the final roster:
“All of the players have put in a tremendous amount of work and effort these past two weeks,” said Klinsmann. “We had a great opportunity to introduce some new players into the Senior National Team Program and they have done extremely well. I think they have a bright future, and now they go back to their clubs with a better understanding of what it takes at the international level. We now move forward with the chance to finish off the camp with the goal of getting a result against Korea.”
The USMNT camp concludes with their February 1st match against Korea at the StubHub Center in Carson, California -- kickoff is set for 2 p.m.