Jermaine Jones Added To United States Roster For 'Camp Cupcake'

Jurgen Klinsmann has released his roster for the January USMNT camp, where domestic and Scandinavian-based players will take on Venezuela and Panama.

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Jermaine Jones Added To United States Roster For Venezuela, Panama Friendlies

Jermaine Jones hasn't been busy. The Schalke midfielder is serving an eight-match suspension for a stomp on Marco Reus so instead of letting him lay around for two months, United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann has called him into the team's January camp that will lead into friendlies against Venezuela and Panama. Well, he's busy now.

"Obviously this is a very difficult moment for Jermaine. He regrets the incident and has apologized to the player, his coaches and his teammates. He respects the decision of the German Federation and accepts the punishment," Klinsmann said in a statement. "While an unfortunate situation, it provides me the opportunity to call him in and continue to get him integrated with our system as we prepare the team for qualifying this summer. I have spoken with the coach at Schalke and Jermaine, and we all agree this is what’s best."

Because the matches and camp don't fall on a FIFA international date, the only players available to Klinsmann are those who are out of season. That means a bunch of MLS players or some playing in Scandinavian leagues on break and the occasional out of favor player. Well, now we add suspended player to that mix, which actually leaves the U.S. with a strong central midfield. Jones will join Benny Feilhaber, Kyle Beckerman and Ricardo Clark in the center, while up-and-comer Graham Zusi is also with the team.

The U.S. will take on Venezuela at 9 p.m. ET on January 21 in Glendale, AZ and Panama at 8:30 p.m. ET on January 25 in Panam City, Panama. Both matches will be available to watch in English on ESPN3 and on TV in Spanish on Galavision in the United States.

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Brad Evans Added To United States Roster For January Friendlies - Report

According to Sounder at Heart's Jeremiah Oshan, Jurgen Klinsmann has added Seattle Sounders midfielder Brad Evans to his United States roster for the upcoming January friendlies against Venezuela and Panama. It is unclear if Evans is replacing a player on the roster or will just be an additional player in the January camp, but it is a nice reward for a player coming off of a fine MLS season.

Evans hasn't been with the national team since the 2009 Gold Cup so it will be his first time in camp with Klinsmann leading the way. Despite being a midfielder with Seattle and previously with Columbus, Evans has been used as a right back with the U.S., but that was under Bob Bradley. Klinsmann could choose to use him in his more natural position, but he called in more utility defenders than he did true right backs in his initial roster so Evans could very well be another right back option in Klinsmann's mind.

The U.S. will play Venezuela on January 21 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ and Panama on January 25 in Panama. Because neither match is on a FIFA international date, clubs are not obligated to release players for the matches so the U.S. roster is filled with MLS players and those from Scandinavian leagues that are out of season.

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United States Announces Roster For January 'Camp Cupcake'

Jurgen Klinsmann has released his roster for the January USMNT camp, where domestic and Scandinavian-based players will take on Venezuela and Panama.

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