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USMNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann Announces 30-Man Roster for World Cup 2014

usmnt team USMNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann Announces 30 Man Roster for World Cup 2014

US Men’s National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named his 30-man roster for World Cup 2014.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (11): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Klinsmann will reduce the squad to 23 names at a later date.

The most glaring omission from the squad is US striker Eddie Johnson. Also omitted was Brek Shea and Sacha Kljestan among others.

One of the surprise picks is Timmy Chandler, who has bounced back from injury to make the roster.

“First of all, we want to thank all of the players who have been a part of the process these last three years,” said Klinsmann. “It’s been an incredible journey, and everyone has worked tremendously hard. We had some difficult decisions to make, and we are very excited about the 30 players coming into camp. There is competition in every position, and these next couple of weeks will allow us to make the final determinations on the best 23-man unit to represent the United States in the World Cup.”

Players will begin reporting to Palo Alto, California, on May 14 for the start of the USA’s World Cup preparation camp at Stanford University.

The U.S. MNT’s Send-Off Series kicks off with USA vs. Azerbaijan at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The USA then hosts Turkey at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 1, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, before traveling to Jacksonville, Florida, to face Nigeria on June 7 at 6 p.m. ET at EverBank Field.

ROSTER NOTES

• Nine top-flight leagues are represented on the preliminary roster: USA’s MLS (15), England’s Premier League (4), Germany’s Bundesliga (4), Mexico’s Liga MX (2), Austria’s Bundesliga (1), France’s Ligue 1 (1), Netherlands’ Eredivisie (1), Norway’s Tippeligaen (1) and Turkey’s Super Lig (1).

• A total of 24 clubs contribute players to the camp. The Seattle Sounders send three players to Stanford, while the LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City have two apiece.

• A total of 10 players were also on the preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup: Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Clarence Goodson, Brad Guzan and Tim Howard.

• Bedoya is the only player who did not make the trip to South Africa.

• Beasley and Donovan have each appeared on three World Cup rosters. Dempsey and Howard have two each, while Altidore, Bradley, Edu, Goodson and Guzan all made their debut in 2010 in South Africa.

• Three players on the roster (Beasley, Dempsey and Donovan), have more than 100 caps, while Tim Howard is set to become the 15th player in MNT history to play in 100 games.

• At the other end of the spectrum, five players have 10 caps or less: John Brooks, Timmy Chandler, Julian Green, Aron Johannsson and DeAndre Yedlin.

• A total of 25 players on the preliminary roster appeared in at least one FIFA World Cup qualifier in the 2014 cycle. The five who did not are Brooks, Green, Nick Rimando, Chris Wondolowski and Yedlin.

What’s your opinion regarding the 30-man roster? Let us know in the comments section below.

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18 Responses to USMNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann Announces 30-Man Roster for World Cup 2014

  1. Gringo says:

    Beckerman needs to cut off those embarrassing dreadlocks

  2. francis says:

    Typical US side – lots of running and huffing and puffing, very little actual talent

    • Justin says:

      go ahead and offer up your preferred players francis. I’m interested to see what the great francis deems as true talent.

      Oh what would we do without you to tell us sir francis.

  3. Cody (#2) says:

    Very surprised about EJ. Have to wonder if Jurgen has some sort of under the table issue with him.

  4. jtm371 says:

    Don’t matter 3 and out :(

  5. Fulhamish says:

    The inclusion of John Brooks is a bit of a head scratcher. Very much not-ready for prime time in his last match. Did Jurgen see some promise in training?

    That spot could have gave EJ one last chance to prove himself. Klinsmann must want to avoid Johnson like the plague, makes me suspect his infamous attitude problem.

  6. AJ says:

    Why is John Brooks in the 30?

  7. Clampdown says:

    My guess with Brooks is that Klinsmann won’t name him to the final roster. Perhaps this is supposed to be some sort of motivation for the next cycle. The US badly needs a new crop of decent defenders.

  8. Gringo says:

    A 5-3-2 formation is the only hope for USA. Gotta hit teams on the counterattack and pray…

  9. David says:

    One omission is Bolton Player of the Year Tim Ream. I definitely think he deserves another chance on the national team.

  10. USSoccerFan says:

    A lot of fullbacks in this roster…pretty obvious Klinsmann not sold with Evans or Beasly at those positions. Glad to see Chandler back on the roster but he’s gotta make the most of it and win a starting spot.

  11. Iancransonsknees says:

    Anyone there with potential to make a name for themselves? Park the bus a bit and few defenders might look good.

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