Nick Rimando and RSL Owner Dell Loy Hansen
Real Salt Lake announced that Nick Rimando and Luis Gil called up to US National team training camp in January and to a friendly shortly after.
Jurgen Klinsmann asked Rimando and Gil to report to the USMNT camp on January 12 in Carson, Calif., and train at the StubHub Center. After the training camp the invitees will then head to Santiago, Chile, for training from Jan. 25-29 and will face Chile in the first friendly of the year on Jan. 28 at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua. The final stage will be back at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center and concludes with a friendly against Panama on Feb. 8 in Carson.
Rimando has 16 career caps with the U.S senior team and has posted a perfect 10-0-2 record with four shutouts. The 35-year-old ‘keeper had four appearances in 2014, posting a 1-0-2 record with a 0.86 goals against average. With RSL, he also surpassed the all-time MLS shutout record in 2014 and now has 115 career clean sheets.
Gil is making his return to the U.S. senior team after making his debut last February in a friendly against South Korea. The 21-year-old was a fixture for the U.S. Under-20 National Team, playing every minute for the U.S. in the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and notching one goal and one assist in the tournament.
Midfielder and captain Kyle Beckerman was initially called into the team as well, but opted to stay with RSL instead as the team transitions into the 2015 season. Klinsmann excused some veteran MLS players from the camp for similar reasons.
The addition of Rimando and Gil to the USMNT will impact Real Salt Lake for the first two matches of 2015 preseason, which will take place from Jan. 26-Jan. 31 at the home of the RSL-Arizona Academy at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz., and from Feb. 3-12 in Irvine, Calif. They will be expected to return to the club and participate in its last preseason trip to Tucson, Ariz., for the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup from Feb. 15-March 1.
The 28 players listed below were called up for USMNT training and 22 are MLS players,
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Bono (unattached), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy).
MIDFIELDERS (10): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (out of contract), Dennis Flores (Club Leon), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool FC), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew).
FORWARDS (6): Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julio Morales (Tepic), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy).