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U.S. Men's National Team Coach Jürgen Klinsmann calls in 4 IMG Academy trainees for World Cup Qualifiers

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The US Men's National Team before a game against Italy.

Four IMG Academy trainees have been called in to take part in the U.S. Mens National Team's quest to qualify for the World Cup. Tim Howard is an easy shoe in after having cementing himself as the starting keeper for the U.S. in 2007, but this could very well be the 33-year old's last round of qualifying. Jozy Altidore has had a breakout year for club AZ Alkmaar, scoring 20 goals in all competitions to date. One might assume that it would be an easy decision for Altidore to be among the 24 called in, but Coach Klinsmann left Altidore off the team's October camp roster. Since then, Altidore has gone on a scoring tirade and left Klinsmann with no choice. The player that took Altidore’s spot on the October roster was Eddie Johnson. Johnson has revived his career with the Seattle Sounders, scoring 14 league goals in 2012 - a franchise record. As a result, Johnson was called into national team camp at the end of the MLS season. He did not disappoint either, scoring two goals to beat Antigua and Barbuda. They are joined by Michael Parkhurst, who was recently transferred to FC Augsburg of the German Bundesliga. He was transferred from FC Nordsjaelland of Denmark where he had a very successful stint. It was his success at FC Nordsjaelland that led to his reintroduction into the national team fold after being a fringe player at best.

The U.S. Men’s National Team face Honduras on February 6 at 4:00pm EST.

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