Our Picks for the US Men’s National Team World Cup Squad

With only 35 days until World Cup 2014, USMNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is getting closer to naming his final 23-man squad for the tournament where the USA will play Ghana, Portugal and Germany.

Klinsmann has plenty of difficult choices ahead of him to finalize the list to the 23 best players. Here are our picks of the 23-man squad for Brazil 2014:

Goalkeepers (3): Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Nick Rimando.

— The goalkeepers take care of themselves with the USMNT. Howard or Guzan are the country’s best option, and having someone as experienced as Rimando is never a bad option.

Defenders (8): Omar Gonzalez, Geoff Cameron, Fabian Johnson, Clarence Goodson, DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, Timmy Chandler, Brad Evans.

— The back line has certainly been a discussion point with the USMNT. The lack of really strong full back options is certainly a concern, especially when you factor in that their opponents have some dangerous wide players. Using Geoff Cameron at right full back is essential. It’s his club position. And having seen Brad Evans during the Scotland friendly, I was not filled with confidence in his ability.

Midfielders (8): Michael Bradley, Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Mix Diskerud, Alejandro Bedoya, Maurice Edu, Graham Zusi, Jermaine Jones.

— The midfield is the strongest avenue for the USMNT. It very much picks itself, but it’s important to look at form of those guys on the fringe. Maurice Edu has been a plus for Philadelphia Union and he deserves the call. It would be nice to have more pace in the side, but the technical level of the group is at a high level.

Forwards (4): Jozy Altidore, Aron Johansson, Chris Wondolwski, Terence Boyd.

— There isn’t a huge amount of experience in that front line, but sometimes that can breed a freedom of expression. Terence Boyd is in great form for Rapid Vienna and his ability to play wide makes him a versatile option for the squad to consider. Leaving out Julian Green is a must for me as while he’s a fantastic talent, I think exposing him to this setting could do harm to his development. Having a smart finisher like Johansson is contrasted by the veteran that is Wondo. Goals from this front four are a concern for me, but it will make them better players in the long run.

What’s your opinion regarding the picks for the World Cup 2014 USA team? Do you disagree with any of the picks or opinions? If so, let us know in the comments section below.

8 thoughts on “Our Picks for the US Men’s National Team World Cup Squad”

  1. Parkhurst over Evans and Jones over Wondo. Though, if you did want the veteran presence I’d take Eddie Johnson over Wondo

  2. Julian Green is on the squad no matter what. He wouldnt have left the German side if he wasnt already assured a spot.

  3. Wondolowski is perfect for this squad as a super sub. He will give maximum effort and is a lethal poacher.

  4. Quality, a couple of Stoke players to keep me interested. Altidore up front worries me, though he’ll probably perform on this stage.

    1. Oddly, he performs just fine with the US. I worry about his confidence after such a dreadful season, but he does have ability and has shown he can score against other top national sides.

  5. I like Mix, and I prefer he get a chance, but Klinsmann loves Beckerman, who I can’t see not going to Brazil. As I’ve said before, I can’t stand Beckerman and hope he never sees the pitch, but he’s going on the trip anyway.

    Klinsi also seems to rate Eddie Johnson, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes it instead of Boyd.

    Wondo definitely deserves a spot. I agree with Anthony’s statement above.

  6. That defense looks very weak. It’s not so much the personnel, the fate of this squad rests on the tactics. Team USA has to pack the midfield and play a high pressing game. They can neither afford to sit back or be too cavalier going forward. It’s a tough ask to get anything out of all three games. I hope I’m wrong but I think USA fans are about to get a reality check similar to France 98.

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