When Jurgen Klinsmann took over as United States manager, he took players' names off the back of jerseys and took away the players' traditional numbers. This was to make players play for the crest over the heart instead of the name on the back and not have a pecking order determined by number. Cheesy? Yes, but Klinsmann was trying to make a statement.
The days of nameless jerseys and unfamiliar numbers are over, though. Beginning against Scotland, the U.S. will be wearing names on the back of jerseys and the 23 players who will be with the team for the three friendlies and two World Cup qualifiers in May and June have been assigned numbers that they will keep through the June 12 World Cup qualifier. Carlos Bocanegra is back in the number three, Clint Dempsey has his number eight and Landon Donovan is in 10. Ah, familiarity.
U.S. Roster With Jersey Numbers
1-Howard, 2-Parkhurst, 3-Bocanegra, 4-Bradley, 5-Onyewu, 6-Cherundolo, 7-Edu, 8-Dempsey, 9-Gomez, 10-Donovan, 11-Corona, 12-Guzan, 13-Jones, 14-Beckerman, 15-Castillo, 16-Torres, 17-Altidore, 18-Boyd, 19-Wondolowski, 20-Cameron, 21-Goodson, 22-Rimando, 23-Johnson.