The past two weeks have supplied some of the most nerve-wracking moments of Seth Sinovic's soccer career. And he hasn't even stepped on the field.
By SAM McDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
Sinovic was placed on a preliminary watch list two weeks ago for the United States men's national team January camp, setting up the first potential selection of his career.
That official call came this week.
Sinovic was one of five Sporting Kansas City players named Friday to the US national team training camp roster. Recent national team mainstays Matt Besler and Graham Zusi also made the cut, along with defender Chance Myers and midfielder Benny Feilhaber.
"When I got the initial email, I was pretty nervous," Sinovic said. "I'm just excited to be in the competition. I've made sure I was going to be fit and ready if the opportunity came about, and luckily it did."
His teammates will provide some familiar company. It's also the first selection for Myers.
"This is a great and deserving honor," Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said. "These players earned this opportunity through hard work and dedication. It is not only a testament to their individual success, but the success that Sporting Kansas City has had as a team. It's great to see our club and players be rewarded with these selections."
The annual training camp begins Jan. 6 in Carson, Calif, before shifting to Sao Paulo, Brazil, for a 13-day stay as the team prepares for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Of the 26 players called to camp, 23 of them will make the trip to Brazil.
The full team will return to California for one final week of training prior to playing host to Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in an international friendly.
"We are all very excited for this camp because, as a team, it will give us our first taste of Brazil," US coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "This is a very important camp in our preparations for the World Cup. It's important for the players to continue developing their bond and sense of urgency for the tournament. It's important for us to see how they do in Brazil, how the new players fit with the group and to make sure everyone is focused on reaching the highest level for next summer."