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5 Biggest Snubs of the USMNT’s World Cup Roster

5 Biggest Snubs of the USMNT's World Cup Roster

Eddie Johnson
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Earlier this week, Jurgen Klinsmann released America's 30-man preliminary roster for Brazil. While all of the usual big names made the 30-man, there was cause for some head scratching when a few key players during qualifying did not make the first round of cuts. Seven more will come before the Yanks head south.

5. Brek Shea

Brek Shea
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5. Brek Shea

Brek Shea
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On Aug. 10, 2011, in Jurgen Klinsmann's first match guiding the USMNT, he drew rival Mexico 1-1. The lone American goal came from the creativity of Juan Agudelo and Brek Shea, and Robbie Rogers was the beneficiary of their cheekiness. The three borderline prodigies, still between the ages of 21 and 27, have seen their roles drastically diminished in the past three years. None more so than Shea, who is on loan at Barnsley from Stoke.

4. Edgar Castillo

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4. Edgar Castillo

Edgar Castillo
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Edgar Castillo was called up for eight of the 10 games during the hexagonal round of qualification, yet was left off the preliminary roster. Once a headline-maker for being the first to switch allegiances from El Tri to the Stars and Stripes, the Club Tijuana defender never made a sizable enough impression to have Klinsmann keep him in the mix.

3. Danny Williams

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3. Danny Williams

Danny Williams
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Jurgen Klinsmann seems to love the German-Americans (there are six on the 30-man), but Williams was not one of them. His only appearance in the final round of qualifying was a 58-minute performance in the first game of the hex, a 2-1 loss at Honduras. Since, Williams, 24, has moved from Hoffenheim to Reading but hurt his right knee playing for the USMNT in March. He had surgery to fix it, but his recovery is not as speedy as Stu Holden in 2010.

2. Sacha Kljestan

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2. Sacha Kljestan

Sacha Kljestan
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Kljestan's the only American who has taken part in the UEFA Champions League year-in and year-out during his time with Anderlecht, but still cannot crack the World Cup bug. One of Bob Bradley's final cuts in 2010, Kljestan seemed to have a bead on the 2014 squad, getting the call for the lineup in eight of the 10 hexagonal games. Bottom line is there is too much depth at midfield for the USA and Kljestan does not have enough playmaking ability.

1. Eddie Johnson

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1. Eddie Johnson

Eddie Johnson Clint Dempsey
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Johnson can blame his poor form at new club DC United (zero goals in eight games) for this omission. The former blonde was Klinsmann's favorite substitute off the bench in 2013, as he even scored the winning goal in last year's Gold Cup title game within seconds of entry and netted the World Cup clincher versus Mexico in September. Now, Klinsmann is rolling with in-form strikers like Chris Wondolowski and Terrence Boyd.