"We have been extremely pleased with the performance of the group in the first week," Klinsmann said in a news release. "The players came in very fit and have done really well in training. Therefore, we believe they have all earned a chance to go to Brazil for these next 12 days. We are excited about getting down to Sao Paulo and continuing the work. This is a huge opportunity to get to know our environment for the World Cup."
The team will be in Brazil for a dozen days simulating the experience it will encounter during this summer's World Cup before returning to Southern California to face Korea Republic in a Feb. 1 friendly. The team will also play two closed-door scrimmages at its base camp in Brazil.
Goal USA has also learned that Chicago Fire goalkeeper coach Aron Hyde will join Klinsmann's staff for the trip to Brazi.