United States manager Jürgen Klinsmann announced his 30-man World Cup roster today, naming a core list of players many expected to make the cut while also leaving out a few experienced campaigners. There are nine returning members of the squad who reached the round of 16 at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, while the remaining twenty-three offer a healthy mix of foreign and domestic experience, a blend of international veterans alongside youthful newcomers.
Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nurnberg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
Midfielders: 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: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
A growing group of capped German/Americans (Brooks, Boyd, Chandler, Johnson and Jones) are joined by 18-year-old Bayern Munich wunderkind Julian Green, who made his US debut last month in a friendly against Mexico, just weeks after officially declaring his allegiance. Geoff Cameron has been an anchor of the Stoke City defense. Chris Wondolowski, who can’t stop scoring in a USMNT shirt, and Aron Johannsson have been impressive goal scorers in their domestic leagues.
The biggest name left out of the squad is forward Eddie Johnson. A member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ team and the scorer of the goal that sent the USMNT to Brazil (a winner against Mexico in Colombus, Ohio), Johnson missed the cut for 2010. Also watching from home are midfielders Brek Shea, Herculez Gomez, Sacha Kljestan and forward Juan Agudelo.
The team will meet for training camp at Stanford on May 14, with an exhibition against Azerbaijan on May 27. The final 23-man roster is due to FIFA by June 2.
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