Crew SC Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk recaps the club's first preseason camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. with ColumbusCrewSC.com's Cody Sharrett.
The first U.S. Men's National Team camp of 2015 comes to a close Sunday as the Americans host Panama at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Coming off a 3-2 defeat in Chile last week, Jürgen Klinsmann's side looks to end the camp on a high note with a positive result on home soil.
Crew SC's Wil Trapp is one of several new faces in the USMNT camp, earning his first Senior Team cap against Chile. Despite the influx of new players, Trapp says a result against Panama is the main focus on Sunday.
"The goal is to win the game," Trapp said over the phone. "We understand it’s a new group of guys, but we’ve been together for a while now. We didn’t get a result in Chile when we probably could’ve won the game or at least tied it.
"Getting a result against Panama is paramount."
The U.S. kicks-off against Panama at 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday on ESPN.
Crew SC's newest addition Cedrick Mabwati and the Democratic Republic of the Congo fell to Ivory Coast, 3-1, in Wednesday's 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Semifinal in Bata. The winger started and played 69 minutes in the defeat.
Mabwati will return to Osasuna in Spain before joining Crew SC this summer.
Crew SC's Federico Higuaín and Hernan Grana chat with media from Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Crew SC Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter, striker Aaron Schoenfeld, midfielder Ben Speas, defender Chad Barson and midfielder Hector Jimenez check-in from preseason camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Back in the States and jet-lagged from spending the past month and a half in Dubai and Australia with the Iraq National Team, Crew SC's Justin Meram joined MLSsoccer.com's ExtraTime Radio to chat about his experiences at the AFC Asian Cup in January.
Experiencing the love and adoration of the Iraqi fans in Australia left a lasting impression on Meram.
"It wasn’t playing just for me or the team," he told the ExtraTime Radio crew. "This was their lives. This was a chance to bring happiness to millions of kids and fans in Iraq watching us play. It was more than football. It’s a way of life for them. The support that they give us, I’m thinking today, next week, this whole year, how am I going to give back? How am I going to help out the country? How can I donate to bring 2,000 pairs of cleats for kids that are going to be the next players on the National Team?"
Listen to the entire interview on MLSsoccer.com.