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5 Players Off The USMNT 2014 World Cup Roster After The Ukraine Friendly

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5 Players Off The USMNT 2014 World Cup Roster After The Ukraine Friendly

5 Players Off The USMNT 2014 World Cup Roster After The Ukraine Friendly
Kirby Lee - USATODAY Sports

It was not the best 90 minutes the U.S. Men’s National Team played has ever played when they lost a friendly match to Ukraine. The team came out as flat as possible, and outside of a brief period of time early in the second half when there were a few goal-scoring chances, the Americans were dominated and exposed along the backline, which was disappointing to see since so many of the players in the game had a chance to make an impression on head coach Jurgen Klinsmann with regard to earning a spot on the roster for the 2014 World Cup this summer.

Klinsmann was hoping to answer some questions and clear up some of the questions he had regarding his World Cup roster with this match, and to a certain extent he did that. However, he did that more so with poor performances by players than with impressive performances. While there were a few silver linings to this match, several players played their way out of a potential roster spot for this summer’s World Cup.

The biggest issue was along the back four. None of the Americans’ projected starters for the 2014 World Cup were on the roster for the Ukraine friendly; however, none of the four spots are set in stone right now, so there is still a chance for players to earn starting spots or roster spots as reserves. Unfortunately, not only did the defensive players in the Ukraine match hurt their chances of making the World Cup roster, they were among the five players that played their way out of contention for a spot in Brazil this summer.

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Geoff Cameron

Geoff Cameron
Kirby Lee - USATODAY Sports

Cameron's best shot at being a part of the team this summer is at right back, and he showed against Ukraine that he is not going to be the guy to take that job away from Brad Evans. There's a chance for him to get onto the roster as a backup at center back, but his chances to go to Brazil took a huge hit on Wednesday.

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Edgar Castillo

Edgar Castillo
Winslow Townson - USATODAY Sports

Castillo had a good chance of at least being the team's backup at left back this summer, but he proved once again how inept he is at defending. He could be an offensive spark coming off the bench, but there are few spots available for attacking players, and at this point, there's no way Jurgen Klinsmann can trust him in a defensive role at the World Cup.

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Sacha Kljestan

Sacha Kljestan
David Richard - USATODAY Sports

Kljestan has been given a lot of opportunities to make his mark with the national team, and this should be the last one he gets. There's clearly no role on the national team that Kljestan is suited to play, and after Wednesday's game it's obvious that he won't be with the team this summer.

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John Brooks

John Brooks
Rick Osentoski - USATODAY Sports

Brooks is in way over his head at the international level. He has the size and potential to be a factor in the next World Cup four years from now, but against Ukraine he was exposed as the young and inexperienced player that he still is, and he has no business being in Brazil this summer, even as a backup.

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Oguchi Onyewu

Oguchi Onyewu
Kirby Lee - USATODAY Sports

It would be so great to have a veteran of two World Cups like Onyewu with the team this summer, but his performance on Wednesday showed that he is a shell of the player he once was, and because Jurgen Klinsmann can't trust him to perform on the field if called upon, he won't be on the World Cup roster this summer.