"Let's play two!" So cliche, right? For the San Jose Earthquakes and its U.S. Men's National Team contingency, the saying is now "Let's play three!"
While not confirmed by U.S. Soccer or the Quakes, it was reported by ESPNFC's Doug MacIntyre that goalkeeper David Bingham has been added to the roster for the USMNT's annual January training camp in Carson, CA. The Earthquakes #1 joins teammates Fatai Alashe and Marc Pelosi, who were announced as selections earlier in the week, to give San Jose three players on the roster -- the most representatives from any professional team, MLS or otherwise.
Can confirm that San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham will be added to #USMNT roster.— Doug McIntyre (@DougMacESPN) January 7, 2016
Bingham completed his first full season in goal for the Earthquakes in a 2015 campaign that saw him tie the franchise record for shutouts with 12. The 26-year old played every minute of the 34-game season for San Jose and faced 147 shots, making 105 saves, fourth most in MLS last season. His goals-against-average for 2015 was a stingy 1.15 per 90 minutes.
The Bay Area native played collegiately at California from 2008-2010, featuring as the starter in his sophomore and junior seasons. In 2010, he led Cal to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal round, where the Golden Bears lost in penalty kicks to eventual champions Akron.
Bingham was a Generation Adidas signing in 2011, but because he committed to MLS after the SuperDraft, he was made available to teams through a weighted lottery. The San Jose Earthquakes had an 8.8% chance of landing the talented 'keeper -- fifth best odds of the 13 teams that decided to enter the lottery -- beating out favorites New England and Toronto for his services. Bingham continued his studies at Cal following his selection.
For most of his professional career, Bingham waited in the wings as veteran Jon Busch was entrusted with goalkeeping duties for the Quakes. With the arrival of head coach Dominic Kinnear at the end of the 2014 season, Busch was not offered a contract extension, and Bingham assumed a starting role for San Jose at the beginning of the 2015 season.
This is Bingham's first call-up at any level of U.S. Soccer, and he will have his first chance to earn a national team cap when the USMNT plays international friendlies against Iceland (January 31) and Canada (February 4) at the tail end of the training camp. All players will report to the StubHub Center starting January 10; the camp breaks on February 6.
Much like the experience expected for teammates Alashe and Pelosi, the opportunity for Bingham to get exposure in front of U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his staff should prove invaluable in his development. The trio of Quakes will miss the start of preseason, slated to begin the last week of January, but that will be a small trade off for the Earthquakes.
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