United States men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann assembled his 30-man preliminary roster for a pre-World Cup training camp at Stanford University on May 14. On May 22, he cut seven players ahead of his team's trip Brazil. Here's a look at the 23-man roster.
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Tim Howard, goalkeeper
The stalwart netminder has been unrelentingly reliable for both his Premier League club Everton and the USA over the last two World Cup cycles and will unquestionably be the starter in Brazil.
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Brad Guzan, goalkeeper
Guzan has been Howard’s diligent and dutiful understudy for some time now and has proved his worth with Aston Villa time and again. If Howard gets hurt, the Americans are in safe hands.
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Nick Rimando, goalkeeper
It’s a testament to Rimando’s steadiness in Major League Soccer with Real Salt Lake that Klinsmann isn’t considering bringing a younger goalkeeper to gain experience over the 34-year-old.
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DaMarcus Beasley, defender
After a long and heralded career as a left winger, Klinsmann remade Beasley into a left back to help solve a problem position. Over time, Beasley has taken to this new job well.
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Geoff Cameron, defender
Originally a central midfielder, Cameron was retooled as a defender over in England with Stoke City. He played centrally at first, and as a right back in the past season. He could play in any of those spots for the USA.
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Fabian Johnson, defender
The German-born Johnson has ability in spades and has at times flashed it for the Yanks. He hasn’t been consistent though, and he has never made a position his own.
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Omar Gonzalez, defender
It took some time for Gonzo to be considered for the national team by Klinsmann, but once he got himself called in, he never left, commanding a starting job in central defense.
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Matt Besler, defender
Ever since excelling at the Azteca in a World Cup qualifier in Mexico – just his second appearance – he has been unimpeachable. He is the only certainty to start in the back line.
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Timmy Chandler, defender
The USA doesn’t have many Bundesliga regulars. Chandler is one of them, but his form and commitment to the national team program have meandered. Before this camp, in fact, he hadn’t been called in for 15 months.
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John Brooks, defender
Although Gonzalez isn’t entirely fit, it isn’t likely that Brooks will challenge anybody for a starting job. He has immense potential in central defense, but needs a few more years of seasoning.
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DeAndre Yedlin, defender
Klinsmann likes calling in a wild card or two. And at right back, Yedlin is exactly that: An immensely talented speedster who probably isn’t ready for the big time.
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Michael Bradley, midfielder
The heart and soul of the team in central midfield whose distribution helps the offense flow and whose organization keeps the defense tight.
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Jermaine Jones, midfielder
The bruiser is a favorite of Klinsmann’s and his grit puts the fear into opposing playmakers. His long balls, meanwhile, are surprisingly sharp.
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Kyle Beckerman, midfielder
You could criticize Beckerman for certain deficiencies in his game, but he does exactly what Klinsmann needs him to do: shield the defense. And he’s good at it, too.
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Alejandro Bedoya, midfielder
The winger had a breakout 2011 Gold Cup but didn’t feature in Klinsmann’s plans much during his first years in charge. Through strong performances at FC Nantes in France, he is back in the mix and offers needed depth out wide.
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Graham Zusi, midfielder
That rare American with a fine technique and savvy soccer brain, Zusi has functioned well out on the right wing for Klinsmann, even though he plays centrally for Sporting Kansas City.
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Mikkel (Mix) Diskerud, midfielder
The Norwegian-American has been in and out of the picture but had such a good 2013 Gold Cup that the cover he provides in central midfield and as a number 10 will be hard to pass up.
The left winger has as fine a delivery as any American but may lack the physical tools for the international level.
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Julian Green, midfielder
The 18-year-old wunderkind made an early commitment to the USA program and seized his shot to earn a spot at the World Cup in return. He has played just a few minutes of senior club soccer though, and is still raw.
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Clint Dempsey, forward
Since Klinsmann ousted Carlos Bocanegra, Dempsey has been the team’s captain. It remains heavily reliant on his flashes of brilliance playing around a target striker, which can sometimes be frustrating. But there isn’t anyone quite like him.
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Jozy Altidore, forward
The Haitian-American has long benefited from the dearth of talent in the American striker pool – to wit: he has 67 caps at just 24 years of age – and now is really no different. In spite of a lost season at Sunderland, he is incontrovertible.
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Chris Wondolowski, forward
The poacher has had immense success in Major League Soccer but it hasn’t always translated to the national team, where his skillset doesn’t quite fit the striker roles in the system.
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Aron Johannsson, forward
To the delight of the Americans, and the consternation of the Icelandic federation, Johannsson chose the country where he was born over the one where he’d grown up and been nurtured last year. And his darting runs into the box could prove crucial.