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Top 5 Surprises On USMNT 23-Man Roster For 2014 World Cup

Top 5 Surprises On USMNT 23-Man Roster For 2014 World Cup

Top 5 Surprises On USMNT 23-Man Roster For 2014 World Cup
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There's no doubt that there were some shocks when Jurgen Klinsmann unveiled his 23-man roster for the 2014 World Cup. It was far from the roster many envisioned Klinsmann selecting for a number of reasons, as in many respects Klinsmann chose youth and athleticism over age and experience. Here are the five biggest surprises that came out of Klinsmann announcing the USMNT 23-man roster.

5. The Roster Being Released So Early

Jurgen Klinsmann
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5. The Roster Being Released So Early

Jurgen Klinsmann
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Jurgen Klinsmann could have waited until the U.S. played two friendly matches to name his roster, so announcing it at this stage was a bit of a surprise. It makes sense that Klinsmann would want his roster decided sooner rather than later, but the fact that he made his decisions without seeing the 30 players in camp play a friendly was a bit of a surprise.

4. Julian Green Included

Julian Green
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4. Julian Green Included

Julian Green
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There's been a lot of intrigue surrounding Green going back to before he pledged his intentions to play for the U.S. With less than 30 minutes of experience playing with the USMNT, it was a quite surprising to actually see the 18-year old on the roster for the World Cup, given his inexperience.

3. Brad Evans Left Off

Brad Evans
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3. Brad Evans Left Off

Brad Evans
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Evans has been the starting right back on the team for the past year, and while he was more of a place holder than anything else, it's still surprising to see him left off the roster altogether, while the far less experienced Timothy Chandler and DeAndre Yedlin likely step into the right back spot.

2. John Brooks Picked Over Clarence Goodson

John Brooks US Men's National Team
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2. John Brooks Picked Over Clarence Goodson

John Brooks US Men's National Team
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After his performance in March against Ukraine, it seemed obvious that Brooks wasn't ready to play at the international level, but somehow he made his way onto the team at the expense of a veteran like Goodson. With a sketchy back four, Goodson could have started and helped to shore things up, and his absence along with the inclusion of Brooks was a huge shock.

1. Landon Donovan Left Off

Landon Donovan
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1. Landon Donovan Left Off

Landon Donovan
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This is the bombshell that has everyone talking. We figured there was a chance of it happening, but when it actually did it was a total shock to everyone to see the leading goal scorer in USMNT history and a veteran of three World Cups left off the roster. Today, tomorrow, and through the conclusion of the tournament, Donovan's exclusion will be a major topic of conversation and controversy; it was that much of a shock.