Major League Soccer has 12 of 19 clubs represented among the players called into Carson. The Houston Dynamo (Will Bruin, Brad Davis and Tally Hall), San Jose Earthquakes (Steven Beitashour, Justin Morrow and Chris Wondolowski), and Sporting Kansas City (Matt Besler, Benny Feilhaber and Graham Zusi) lead the way with three representatives each. Brad Evans, Eddie Johnson and Jeff Parke played together in Seattle in 2012, before Parke was traded to Philadelphia in the offseason.
Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson leads the roster in both caps and international goals. The veteran has scored 14 goals in his 44 appearances for the MNT. Johnson scored a pair of goals and earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors in leading the U.S. to a 2-1 win against Antigua & Barbuda on Oct. 12, 2012, in the Semifinal Round of World Cup qualifying.
San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski tied Roy Lassiter’s MLS single-season goals record in 2012 with 27 total. Wondolowski collected both the MLS Golden Boot and MVP award and was named MLS Player of the Month four times.
Three players were MLS Best XI selections in 2012. Wondolowski received the honor for the third time in his career, while Sporting Kansas City teammates Matt Besler and Graham Zusi received the honor for the first time.
Zusi used the January camp last year to catapult into a regular role with the Men’s National Team, scoring the game-winner in the 1-0 win on Jan. 25, 2012, in Panama. He went on to appear in six games, including three in World Cup qualifying.
Will Bruin scored a career-high 12 goals in the MLS regular season in 2012 and has four goals in six postseason games. Houston reached the MLS Cup final for the second consecutive season.
In his most recent appearance with the Men’s National Team, Mix Diskerud notched his first career international goal when he scored in second-half stoppage time to help the U.S to a 2-2 draw against ninth-ranked Russia on Nov. 14, 2012. Joshua Gatt collected his first cap and his first start that day.
Omar Gonzalez scored a goal and earned MLS Cup MVP honors when the LA Galaxy won its second-consecutive league championship in a 3-1 win against Houston on Dec. 1, 2012.
A total of eight players are looking to get their first cap with the senior team: Steven Beitashour, Tony Beltran, Matt Besler, Will Bruin, Tally Hall, Connor Lade, Alfredo Morales and Justin Morrow.
Additionally, eight players on the roster are age 23 and under. Juan Agudelo, the first Development Academy alum to play for the senior team, is the youngest at 20 years old.
Goalkeeper Bill Hamid recorded a shutout and a win in his first career start with the U.S. Men in the 1-0 victory against Venezuela on Jan. 21, 2012, in Phoenix. Sean Johnson earned a share of the spoils in the 1-0 win against Panama four days later, splitting time with Nick Rimando.
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