The United States manager decided not to pare down his roster and will take everyone in the January camp to Sao Paulo.Jurgen Klinsmann was expected to trim his January camp roster from 26 players to 23 but has elected not to make any cuts after a successful week of training at the StubHub Center.
"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.