The United States begin their road to the 2014 World Cup today with a friendly against South Korea at the LA Galaxy's stadium. The game takes place at 2 pm PT and will be televised on ESPN2 and UniMas.
It is the first match of the year for the U.S. Men's National Team, capping off the annual January training camp, featuring nearly all MLS players. While some of these players will surely be on the plane to Brazil and even in the starting lineup, others will hope to impress national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann prior to his selection of the group for the tournament.
For their part, South Korea, bringing a B team of their own on a three-game swing in the United States, are also making preparations for a World Cup campaign this summer. In the previous two games of this tour, they beat Costa Rica 1-0 last Saturday in a practically-empty LA Coliseum, but lost to Mexico 4-0 Wednesday in San Antonio. Will they be tired against the Americans? We won't know until the game, but it seems pretty likely.
Either way, it should be an interesting game!
DEFENDERS: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/Norway), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
South Korea roster:
GOALKEEPERS: Kim Seung-Gyu (Ulsan Hyundai), Jung Sung-Ryong (Suwon Bluewings), Lee Bum-Young (Busan IPark)
DEFENDERS: Kim Kee-Hee (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Kang Min-Soo (Ulsan Hyundai), Kim Jin-Su (Albirex Niigata/Japan), Jin-Po Park (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma), Ko Yo-Han (FC Seoul), Kim Min-Woo (Sagan Tosu/Japan), Kim Dae-Ho (Pohang Steelers), Park Jin-Po (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma), Kim Ju-Young (FC Seoul), Ji-Nam Lee (Daegu FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Park Jong-Woo (Busan IPark), Yeom Ki-Hun (Suwon Bluewings), Lee Myung-Joo (Pohang Steelers), Kim Tae-Hwan (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma), Lee Seung-Gi (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Yeom Ki-Hun (Suwon Bluewings), Lee Ho (Sangju Sangmu Phoenix), Song Jin-Hyung (Jeju United), Yeom Ki-Hun (Suwon Bluewings)
FORWARDS: Lee Keun-Ho (Sangju Sangmu), Kim Shin-Wook (Ulsan Hyundai), Lee Yong-Jae (Red Star/France)
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