The January camp for the USMNT presents a unique opportunity for many players in the player pool. This is in stark contrast to the other qualifying, Gold Cup, Copa America, etc camps that take place throughout the calendar year. It typically consists of domestic-based club players, and is often at least three weeks in length. In fact, if you look at many of the current players, many did or will earn their first shot at the national team via the January camp.
Notable January Campers include: Pablo Mastroeni (2002), Tim Howard (2003), Jonathan Bornstein and Ricardo Clark (2007), Jozy Altidore and Maurice Edu (2008), Sacha Kljestan (2009), Geoff Cameron and Graham Zusi (2012), Matt Besler (2013), DeAndre Yedlin (2014), Gyasi Zardes (2015).
This year the venue has changed, but the theme certainly remains the same. The US first will face Serbia on Sunday in San Diego, followed by a quick trip to Chattanooga to play Jamaica on Friday.
We’re expecting one of our largest January Camp crowds ever in San Diego and beyond excited to follow up Chattanooga’s amazing support for the WNT with the MNT match at Finley Stadium. 2017 is a fresh start for our MNT with new (old) coach Bruce Arena (read out wish list here), a mixture of new and veteran faces on the squad, and for the American Outlaws to make our voices here and through out the year!
USA vs. Serbia: https://www.theamericanoutlaws.com/events/usmnt-vs-serbia
USA vs. Jamaica: https://www.theamericanoutlaws.com/events/usmnt-vs-jamaica
So, what does this camp mean to the team? A lot.
This camp should not be taken lightly. With Bruce Arena at the helm for the first time in a decade, many players are looking to impress the new boss. This also means a 2nd shot for many players, including Benny Feilhaber. With the yanks sitting at the bottom of qualifying with 0 points from two games, expect the boys to bring the intensity into training before these two games.