10 USMNT Players Who Won’t Play in Another World Cup

10 USMNT Players Who Won't Play in Another World Cup

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The end of a World Cup is always the end of an era. Today starts a new four-year cycle with the ultimate goal being the 2018 World Cup, and not every player who was a part of the 2014 World Cup for the USMNT will continue to play at the international level. Here are 10 American players for whom the 2014 World Cup was their international swan song.

10. Nick Rimando

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10. Nick Rimando

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Rimando didn't play in the World Cup and has just 14 career caps, but he's been a strong third-string goalie for the U.S. with his international career all but over. Most casual soccer fans don't know him, but as a backup goalie he's been a nice contributor to U.S. Soccer over the years.

9. Kyle Beckerman

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9. Kyle Beckerman

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Beckerman making the World Cup roster was a great story after a long and determined career, and he was a critical part of the U.S. making it out of the Group Stage. At 32 years old, he has a few good years left as a pro, but he won't be part of the plans for the U.S. looking ahead to the next World Cup. His contributions at this World Cup won't soon be forgotten.

8. Brad Davis

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8. Brad Davis

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Davis did well to make this World Cup team and earn a start against Germany, but with his age and lack of athleticism compared to the younger midfielders the Americans have, he won't be a part of the national team's plans moving forward.

7. Jermaine Jones

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7. Jermaine Jones

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At 32 years old, Jones won't be on the squad in four years, but if this World Cup was his swan song, then he will go out at the top of his game. He was arguably the best American field player during the 2014 World Cup, earning the love and admiration of American soccer fans, even those who didn't understand Jurgen Klinsmann's constant inclusion of him. He won't suit up for the national team for much longer, and he'll be real tough to replace.

6. DaMarcus Beasley

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6. DaMarcus Beasley

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To everyone's great surprise, Beasley reinvented himself as a defender to become a mainstay on the national team over the past year and become a key player and solid performer during the 2014 World Cup. The 2014 World Cup was likely the end of his international career, but as the only American to ever play in four World Cups, he leaves behind an incredible legacy.

5. Geoff Cameron

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5. Geoff Cameron

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In terms of age, Cameron is borderline to have another World Cup run in him, as he'll be a month shy of 33 at the start of the 2018 World Cup. He's certainly a player who can contribute to the national team over the next four years and be a part of qualifying for the next World Cup, but there's no guarantee he'll be on the roster with a young crop of players coming up through the ranks.

4. Chris Wondolowski

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4. Chris Wondolowski

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Wondo worked hard for many years to get his shot with the national team and find a way to get to Brazil, and he should be recognized for that. But at 31, he's not in the future plans, and unfortunately, his defining moment in a U.S. jersey will be his 93rd minute miss against Belgium. But being on the field in that moment is a great personal accomplishment for one of the top goal scorers in MLS history.

3. Clint Dempsey

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3. Clint Dempsey

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Lost in the disappointment of the U.S. being eliminated is the fact that their captain has likely played his last competitive match in a U.S. jersey. Dempsey has been an important part of the last three World Cup teams and one of the best goal scorers in the history of U.S. Soccer. It will be odd to see an American team take the field without Dempsey, and he'll leave big shoes to fill. He walks away one of the all-time greats.

2. Landon Donovan

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2. Landon Donovan

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Technically Donovan wasn't a part of this World Cup team, but he did get plenty of airtime as a commentator. Some of the older players may make a cameo appearance at some point, but it's hard to imagine Donovan playing on a Jurgen Klinsmann coached team ever again. His international career is most likely over, and he certainly won't be around for another World Cup run.

1. Tim Howard

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1. Tim Howard

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Howard clearly has plenty left in the tank, but he'll most likely bow out of international play and not stay with the national team long enough to play in another World Cup. If that's the case, he couldn't have gone out on a higher note than his performance against Belgium, and he leaves no doubt that he's one of the best goalies American soccer has ever seen, giving goalkeepers in this country a player to emulate.

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