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.
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