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Sporting KC trio selected for U.S. National Team camp

Three Sporting Kansas City players -- Teal Bunbury, C.J. Sapong and Graham Zusi -- will get a golden chance to impress Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. Men's National Team staff during training camp in January.

The 20-player roster was announced today by U.S. Soccer and the three players chose from Sporting KC are tied for the most from any club.

The training camp is preparation for friendlies against Venezuela on Jan. 21 and Panama on Jan. 25.

This will be the first call-up for Zusi and Sapong; Bunbury was invited to this camp last year and is currently training with the U-23 team in preparation for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March.

Matt Besler and Chance Myers -- both of whom were thought to be candidates -- were not called up.

"January camps are a good introduction for players to work their way into the national team, so it's a prime opportunity for guys like C.J. Sapong and Graham Zusi, while Teal Bunbury continues to establish himself in the player pool," said Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes in a press release.

"I'm very excited and thankful for this opportunity," said Sapong, the MLS rookie of the year in 2011, in a release. "I've worked really hard for this and look forward to working even harder to take my game to the next level."

"I'm looking forward to representing Sporting Kansas City in my first national team camp,” said Zusi, who recorded career highs with five goals and seven assists last year. “It will be a great experience and a great way to start the 2012 season.”

The U.S. Men’s National Team will open the training camp in Phoenix for 10 days from Jan. 3-13 before traveling to Carson, Calif., to continue the camp from Jan. 13-19. The team will then play its first match of 2012 on Jan. 21 at the University of Phoenix Stadium against Venezuela. Four days later, the team will travel to Panama City to face Panama on Jan. 25 at Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

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