Ranking the 5 MLS Players Left Off the USMNT Roster

Ranking Omitted MLS Players From USMNT By Shock Factor

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There is no doubt that Jurgen Klinsmann shocked the soccer world when he announced his 23-man roster for Brazil. Everyone knew he had to cut seven players, but I don't believe anyone one expected a few of those seven to be cut. Of those omitted, five were players currently in MLS clubs. I've ranked them according to most surprising omissions.

5. Michael Parkhurst

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5. Michael Parkhurst

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Michael Parkhurst is currently a right back for the Columbus Crew. Although he has played with the USMNT first team since 2007, he only has 23 caps. Jurgen Klinsmann used him in a handful of friendlies, but obviously he did not find him to be among the best in the end. I can't say this was too much of a shock, but at least Klinsmann found him worthy of the top 30.

4. Brad Evans

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4. Brad Evans

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Brad Evans is a top midfielder for the Seattle Sounders, but apparently he was not good enough for the USMNT according to Jurgen Klinsmann. The 29-year-old only has 10 caps with the USMNT, so it may stem from a lack of experience. In that time, he only scored once. I'm sure Evans would love be playing in Brazil this summer, but the Sounders will be happy to have him back in the lineup with two of its other players gone.

3. Clarence Goodson

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3. Clarence Goodson

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Clarence Goodson was used in rotation as a center back during Jurgen Klinsmann's Brazil preparations, and it looked good when he made the 30-man squad -- he was considered a lock by many. He was part of the 2010 23-man squad, but Klinsmann chose to leave him out this year, which is even more evidence to the fact that the coach is sticking to his word and changing the team.

2. Maurice Edu

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2. Maurice Edu

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Maruice Edu's return to MLS made headlines, even though he is just on loan to the Philadelphia Union. It was great to have yet another USMNT player in the league, but Jurgen Klinsmann felt he was no longer worth as a USMNT player. The 28-year-old midfielder has 46 caps to his name, but this means nothing to coach Klinsmann, which may not be a bad thing. The Union will be happy to have him back in their lineup.

1. Landon Donovan

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1. Landon Donovan

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Without a doubt, the biggest surprise in omissions from the squad was the veteran, and all-time leader in goals and assists, Landon Donovan. Donovan never considered himself a lock -- as most had -- but after camps he did feel snubbed. He may not be the player he once was, but compared to the newer additions to the team, he definitely had it in him for one more World Cup. Now, he may never get the chance.

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