Liverpool’s Marco Pelosi has been named as a surprised inclusion in Jurgen Klinsmann’s 28-man squad for the USA’s first training camp of 2015.
The call-up marks the first to the senior national team for Pelosi, with head coach Klinsmann opting for a mix of World Cup veterans and Olympic hopefuls in the absence of several European-based names.
The US are set to train for 12 days in Carson, California from Jan. 12, before travelling to face Chile on Jan. 28 at the Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua. The squad then take on CONCACAF rivals Panama at the StubHub Center in Carson on Feb. 8 to conclude the camp.
“The prize in 2015 for the senior National Team is the Gold Cup, and this camp will give a lot of our players a chance to kick start their preparations for an important year,” Klinsmann told US Soccer.
“We also get an opportunity to introduce the next wave of young players into the program, and in particular work with many of our Olympic-age guys as they build toward qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.”
Pelosi, 20, signed for Liverpool in November 2011 from DeAnza Force club in California after catching the attention of scouts while captaining the US at the Under-17 World Cup, before going on to establish himself in the club’s reserve team over the next season.
A versatile midfielder, who is also just as comfortable at left-back, the German-born prospect suffered a broken leg in February 2013 which left him sidelined for 14 months, but now looks to be getting his promising career back on track.