Potential call-ups for January camp 

January, 4, 2013
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Jurgen Klinsmann took over the U.S. program on a platform of change, and 18 months into his tenure, it's clear that the charismatic German coach likes keeping those around him on their toes. Plans are altered constantly around the national team these days, often by design.

Why should the January camp be any different?

A few months ago, it was unclear if the Yanks would host their annual offseason get-together for MLS and Scandinavian-based players. Klinsmann then indicated that there could be an abbreviated camp, but perhaps no friendly match accompanying it. In late November, the coach revealed that a game was in the works after all, and that it would probably take place at the Home Depot Center on Jan. 31. A few weeks later, the match against Canada was announced. It will be played in Houston on Jan. 29.

This week, things changed again. The January camp will now start on Monday, a week earlier than originally planned. And though five weeks ago Klinsmann said the camp would include no more than 23 players, expect closer to 30 to be named to the roster when it's revealed on Sunday afternoon.

Of course, flexibility is a good thing when you're a national team coach. You have to be able to adapt to changing circumstances, and be able to make decisions on the fly.

But for Klinsmann, at least one thing hasn't changed: While this month's camp will give his staff the opportunity to assess young, untested players who could help the U.S. for years to come, the focus remains the Feb. 6 World Cup qualifier in Honduras, the Americans' first of the final round.


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

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