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ASN Morning Read: Good Morning, Sarajevo

The United States men's national team wakes up in Bosnia and Herzegovina, ready to prepare for Wednesday's friendly. There's news about Aron Johannsson, Jozy Altidore, Tim Howard, and others.
BY Jesse Yomtov Posted
August 13, 2013
8:14 AM
  • Aron Johannsson come on down! Greg Seltzer spoke to Johannsson after AZ’s win over the weekend and the 22-year-old talked a bit about his decision to choose the U.S. "I was born and raised there [in Mobile, Ala.] until I was three, and then my family moved back to Iceland," he said. "I went back when I was 17 for high school [at the IMG Academy] in Bradenton, Fla. It was one of the best years of my life and I can't wait to go back occasionally, hopefully to get some minutes with the national team."

    He also expressed his desire to partner up with former teammate Jozy Altidore. "It's going to be a really tough competition for me, especially when Jozy is there. But I just need to show Klinsmann that I'm ready,” he said. "I'd love to play with Jozy up top. I think we could be a deadly duo, so hopefully that will happen someday."

  • With Clint Dempsey not on the roster, Jurgen Klinsmann is giving the armband to a familiar face

  • Brian Sciaretta caught up with Cody Cropper, who was called into his first-ever senior camp. The goalkeeper has never played a first-team match at either Southampton or his previous club Ipswich, so was a tad surprised about his inclusion. "It's starting to happen," Cropper said. "Everything that I've been working for the past four years starting with the U-20s is starting to pay off. I've got my foot in the door but now I have to break the door open. The motivation something like this gives you is so intense.”

  • Where art thou Timmy Chandler? The 23-year-old isn’t injured this time around, so what’s the deal with his omission? Chandler hasn’t played with the U.S. since the qualifying loss in Honduras. Steve Cherundolo is hurt, but perhaps Klinsmann has seen enough from Michael Parkhurst and Brad Evans to put them ahead of Chandler in the right back depth chart.

  • Our man in Sarajevo, Graham Ruthven, confronted language issues, raw sewage, a case of mistaken identity, and sights never intended for visitors' eyes. This was before he even found his way to the correct stadium. Fortunately, he took photos. Eastern Europe, man.

  • What do you think the team should look like tomorrow? Use ASN’s world-famous Starting XI tool to pick your lineup.

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