USMNT: Predicting Final 2014 World Cup Roster
Jurgen Klinsmann announced the 30 man preliminary roster for the 2014 World Cup, and there weren’t too many surprises. Sacha Klejstan and Eddie Johnson were the only major omissions, and Timothy Chandler was the only player invited likely to raise a few eyebrows. The deadline for selecting the final 23 men is June 2, and we’ll assume the U.S. will use a 4-2-3-1 formation. With that in mind, let's break down the potential final roster.
Starter: Tim Howard
Reserves: Brad Guzan, Nick Rimando
Zero suspense here as usual. They’re the only three keepers in camp, and they will all be going to Brazil, as we’ve known for years. Howard’s performance will be absolutely critical to the USA’ chances of advancing.
Starters: Fabian Johnson, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Geoff Cameron
Reserves: DeMarcus Beasley, Clarence Goodson, Michael Parkhurst
It seems likely that Johnson will end up as a defender, as the fullback positions are a major concern for the Americans. The battle at right back between Cameron, Parkhurst, and Brad Evans will be the most watched in camp, and the competition between Goodson and Gonzalez will be interesting as well.
Starters: Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones
Reserves: Kyle Beckerman, Maurice Edu
Bradley is the USA’s best and most important player, and he will be critical in the center of the field. Jones is still the favorite to start opposite him, but don’t be surprised if the less volatile Beckerman emerges with the job.
Starters: Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Graham Zusi
Reserves: Mix Diskerud, Alejandro Bedoya, Julian Green
There’s talk of Donovan being a sub, but that remains to be seen. Zusi and Bedoya will be in a very interesting battle on the right, though both are locks for the team. The first five are set in stone, but the battle for the last spot could come down to the youngster Green and veteran Brad Davis. Expect Green to earn his way on.
Starter: Jozy Altidore
Reserves: Aron Johannsson, Chris Wondolowski
Altidore and Johannsson are both going to Brazil, but with their highly differing form it will be interesting to see who earns the starting job. Altidore is the favorite, but he is not secure at all. The battle for the final striker spot should be won by the in-form Wondo, a locker room and fan favorite who has played well in his recent national team appearances.