The 5 Most Surprising Inclusions on USMNT Preliminary Roster For 2014 World Cup

The 5 Most Surprising Inclusions on USMNT Preliminary Roster For 2014 World Cup

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On Monday, Jurgen Klinsmann announced the USMNT’s 30-man preliminary roster for the 2014 World Cup. Outside of the absence of Eddie Johnson, there weren’t a ton of surprises with regard to who wasn’t included on the roster. But there were a few players that weren’t obvious choices to be included, so here are five players whose presence was a bit of a surprise.

5. Terrence Boyd

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5. Terrence Boyd

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Boyd hasn't played a lot of soccer for the U.S., much less doing so in competitive matches, but he's on a hot streak scoring goals for Rapid Wien in Germany, and that's enough for Jurgen Klinsmann to give him a chance in training camp. The fact that Boyd was picked over Eddie Johnson was one of the biggest surprises of the preliminary roster.

4. John Brooks

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4. John Brooks

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The U.S. needs help at central defense, and Brooks could be a big part of the U.S. team over the next four years, but it looked like he had played his way out of the running for a spot in Brazil back in March against Ukraine. After watching that performance, it was a surprise to see him on the preliminary roster, as he looked unprepared to play at the international level.

3. Timothy Chandler

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3. Timothy Chandler

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Two years ago, Chandler looked like the answer at right back and the U.S. couldn't get him cap-tied quick enough, but due to injuries and poor play he hasn't played with the national team since its disaster in Honduras at the start of the Hex in February 2013. After all that time, it was surprising to see Jurgen Klinsmann bring him into camp, but then again, the U.S. is still looking for an answer at right back, and Chandler could still be it.

2. DeAndre Yedlin

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2. DeAndre Yedlin

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There is no denying that Yedlin is talented and could be a big part of the team at the next World Cup, but he's still young, lacks international experience, and didn't even get the start in the team's last friendly against Mexico back in April. After that game, it seemed like Yedlin was the team's future not the present, but with right back being up in the air, Jurgen Klinsmann wants to see if the future could be now.

1. Joe Corona

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1. Joe Corona

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This one came out of nowhere, as Corona hasn't been seen with the national team in quite a while. But he had a good showing during last summer's Gold Cup, and he could give the team a nice boost coming off the bench. Still, a few guys that Jurgen Klinsmann likes and called up more frequently than Corona were left off the roster, which makes Corona's inclusion quite surprising.

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  • Al Gore

    Rapid Wien are most certainly not German.