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15 USMNT Players On The Bubble For A 2014 World Cup Roster Spot

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15 USMNT Players On The Bubble For A 2014 World Cup Roster Spot

Jurgen Klinsmann
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The send-off series for the USMNT ahead of the 2014 World Cup will begin in less than a week. The Americans will play two friendly matches against Azerbaijan and Turkey before Jurgen Klinsmann must cut his roster down from 30 to 23. Barring injuries, there are plenty of players who are all but guaranteed a spot on the roster. But there are plenty of roster spots still up for grabs, and here are 15 players on the bubble for the final eight roster

15. DaMarcus Beasley

DaMarcus Beasley
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15. DaMarcus Beasley

DaMarcus Beasley
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Beasley has been the team's starting left back for a while, so he's in good shape, but he's not a lock. If Jurgen Klinsmann decides to go with Fabian Johnson at left back and bring Michael Parkhurst as a backup, Beasley's spot could be in jeopardy, because he's not the same player he once was, even though he brings valuable World Cup experience to the table. Beasley needs to prove to Klinsmann that he's still the best option at left back.

14. Kyle Beckerman

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14. Kyle Beckerman

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Beckerman is so close to making his first World Cup roster, but it's not a done deal yet with Maurice Edu and Mix Diskerud also in the mix (pun intended) for the center midfield spots behind Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones. Beckerman has done all he can to secure a spot, but there likely won't be room for both him and Edu in Brazil, and Edu brings a lot to the table, so Beckerman's won't feel safe until the roster comes out.

13. Alejandro Bedoya

Alejandro Bedoya USMNT
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13. Alejandro Bedoya

Alejandro Bedoya USMNT
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There's a chance that Bedoya could end up starting a game or two during the World Cup, but there's also a chance he misses out entirely. He's played a lot under Jurgen Klinsmann, but he's not part of the core of the team that's integral to success, and there's a lot of competition at the outside midfield spots, so if Bedoya doesn't play well during camp and the friendlies, he could miss out on the final cut for the second straight World Cup.

12. Aron Johannsson

Aron Johannsson
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12. Aron Johannsson

Aron Johannsson
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Johannsson is in good shape after become a regular with the national team last fall, but the presence of Chris Wondolowski and Terrence Boyd pose a threat to him. After a great season for his club, Johannsson has to be in top form during camp and continue scoring goals in order to lock down a spot on the roster.

11. Mix Diskerud

Mix Diskerud
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11. Mix Diskerud

Mix Diskerud
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Diskerud is surely one of the best 23 players the U.S. has, but he plays in a crowded central midfield, and there's going to be a lot of competition for those spots. If he can show he can be a useful player that can create scoring chances while playing outside midfield, it'll be tough to leave him behind, but if he's viewed as only a central midfielder, anything can happen.

10. Brad Davis

Brad Davis
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10. Brad Davis

Brad Davis
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The way he can strike set pieces and send crosses into the box, there's no doubt that Davis would be an asset for the U.S. in Brazil. However, he needs to prove that he won't be a liability the rest of the time, which puts Davis in the thick of a highly contested competition for the outfield midfield spots. The inclusion or exclusion of Davis will be one of the most interesting decisions that Jurgen Klinsmann makes for the final roster.

9. Julian Green

Julian Green
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9. Julian Green

Julian Green
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There's more curiosity around Green's roster status than of the other 29 players in camp. Is he a serious candidate to make the team, or did Jurgen Klinsmann bring the 18-year old to camp to send a message to the veteran players? We'll find out soon enough, but obviously at such a young age and with roughly 30 minutes of international experience under his belt, there are risks to putting Green on the World Cup roster, so he's on the bubble.

8. Michael Parkhurst

Michael Parkhurst
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8. Michael Parkhurst

Michael Parkhurst
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Parkhurst brings much-needed versatility to the U.S. back four, and with question marks in that group, a player like Parkhurst could be useful in Brazil. That being said, does he have the physical tools to shut down the attacking players of Ghana, Portugal, and Germany? That's also a huge question mark, which makes his roster status very much up in the air.

7. Timothy Chandler

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7. Timothy Chandler

Timothy Chandler USMNT
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It was a bit of a surprise to see Chandler make the preliminary roster after such a long absence from the national team, as well as some recent injuries. But he's quite a talent, and if he's in top form, it's not a stretch to say that he's the best option at right back. However, if he can't handle training, there's little chance of him going to Brazil, since out last memory of him is sucking wind in Honduras during the team's loss last February.

6. Joe Corona

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6. Joe Corona

Joe Corona USMNT
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Corona was one of the more surprising inclusions on the preliminary roster, so he has a lot to prove in order to make the 23-man roster. That being said, he brings some youth and athleticism to the midfield, so it'll be interesting to see if he can make an impact during the friendlies and make the roster as a reserve midfielder, although right now the odds are stacked against him.

5. Maurice Edu

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5. Maurice Edu

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You have to love Jurgen Klinsmann giving a World Cup veteran like Edu a chance to prove himself in camp, even if he appears to be on the outside looking in. Edu can be a beast in the midfield, but he can also play along the back four, and because the center midfield is so crowded, that versatility could be his ticket to Brazil. Edu has some work to do to make the roster, but few will be complaining if he ends up on the 23-man roster.

4. Chris Wondolowski

Chris Wondolowski USMNT
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4. Chris Wondolowski

Chris Wondolowski USMNT
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Wondolowski has done a great job over the past years of scoring goals when given a chance to play with the national team, putting him in good position to make the team. That being said, there are a precious few spots on the roster for strikers, and Wondoloski needs a strong camp in order to make the team, and he may need to knock out a veteran like Landon Donovan or a bright young star like Aron Johannsson in order to put himself on the roster.

3. Terrence Boyd

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3. Terrence Boyd

Terrence Boyd USMNT
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Boyd scoring goals for his club team got him an invitation to camp, but he needs to prove that he can score goals at the international level if he hopes for a World Cup roster spot. He's probably the least likely striker to make the team from the 30-man preliminary roster, but he has a chance to prove himself, which is all he can ask for.

2. John Brooks

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2. John Brooks

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Brooks appeared to play himself out of a World Cup roster spot during March's friendly against Ukraine, but he's getting one more chance. Brooks has the size and physical tools to become a huge part of the back line during the next World Cup cycle, but he's got his work cut out for him if he expects to be in Brazil next month.

1. DeAndre Yedlin

DeAndre Yedlin
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1. DeAndre Yedlin

DeAndre Yedlin
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The massive question mark that is right back has given Yedlin a chance to make the team. He has the skills and athleticism to make an impact in the attack from right back, but whether he's ready to defend world-class players is another story. If he can prove he can be a competent defender, he'll have a chance to make the roster; otherwise, he'll have to wait until after this World Cup to become a mainstay on the national team.