USMNT: 5 Biggest Snubs For 30-Man Preliminary 2014 World Cup Roster

USMNT: 5 Biggest Snubs For 30-Man Preliminary 2014 World Cup Roster

Jurgen Klinsmann
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Jurgen Klinsmann has named his 30-man preliminary roster for the 2014 World Cup, and while most of the big names are on it, there are a few surprise exclusions. Here is a list of the top five snubs who will not be on their way to Brazil this summer, and who won't even have a chance to compete at training camp for a roster spot.

5. Sacha Kljestan

Sacha Kljestan
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5. Sacha Kljestan

Sacha Kljestan
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Kljestan has played a lot of soccer for the U.S. over the past few years, but he never really seemed to fit in with Klinsmann's philosophy and playing style. That being said, it's a little surprising that he didn't even make the 30-man roster and given a chance to go to camp with the team.

4. Juan Agudelo

Juan Agudelo
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4. Juan Agudelo

Juan Agudelo
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Agudelo started to play well and score goals late in the club season after going on loan, and many thought that would entice Jurgen Klinsmann to give him a look during training camp. Alas, it was not meant to be and Terrence Boyd likely got the last forward spot after scoring plenty of goals this spring. However, at 21 years of age, Agudelo could be a big part of the U.S. team during the next World Cup cycle.

3. Tim Ream

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3. Tim Ream

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With issues regarding the back four, it's a little surprising that Ream didn't get an invitation to training camp. He's been under the radar, but he's had a nice club season and definitely could have competed for a spot as the team's third or fourth center back.

2. Brek Shea

Brek Shea
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2. Brek Shea

Brek Shea
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Shea was deservedly left off the roster, but we all know that Jurgen Klinsmann is a huge fan and continued to give Shea one opportunity after another, which is why it's a little surprising that Shea wasn't included among the 30 players on the preliminary roster. Klinsmann made the right call, but Shea's size, speed, and athleticism could have been useful coming off the bench.

1. Eddie Johnson

Eddie Johnson
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1. Eddie Johnson

Eddie Johnson
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Johnson's absence caught everyone's attention. He's had an up and down national team career, but he's made an impact over the last two years and most figured he'd be a lock for the preliminary roster, if not the final 23-man roster. However, he's had a rough season for DC United and Jurgen Klinsmann decided he needs to pick players that have the best form, leaving EJ out of the loop for a trip to Brazil, and likely ending his USMNT career.

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