Klinsmann gets bold with roster 

February, 23, 2012

Despite taking over the national team last summer on a platform of change, Jurgen Klinsmann has actually been pretty conservative with his roster choices.

Through his first seven games in charge, the U.S. coach gave just two players -- German-Americans Danny Williams and Fabian Johnson -- their first international caps.

Even at the annual MLS-heavy January camp, just two of the 22 invitees were completely new to the senior team setup. But Klinsmann has changed course slightly with his latest roster. On Thursday, uncapped Borussia Dortmund project Terrence Boyd was surprisingly named to the squad that will face Italy in Genoa next Wednesday (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ESPN3.com). Boyd, who turned 21 on Feb. 16, was originally supposed to join the U.S. under-23 team outside Dallas ahead of that squad's pre-Olympic qualifying tournament warm-up against Mexico, also on Wednesday.

Last month, Klinsmann told this very blog he'd do everything possible to make age-eligible players available to U-23 coach Caleb Porter; indeed, while senior squad fixtures Williams and Jozy Altidore will join the full team in Italy, Brek Shea and Alfredo Morales are with the U-23s instead.

Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.
Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.