Soccer: Predicting the USA 30 Man Camp Roster
With the major European leagues wrapping up this weekend coach Jurgen Klinsmann has no further room for evaluation and is rumored to be ready to pick his 30-Man preliminary roster for the 2014 World Cup on Monday. This camp squad will gather in Palo Alto later this week for intense training, stiff competition, and preparation for the three upcoming domestic friendlies.
On June 2, Klinsmann must trim this group down to 23 players, all of whom will be representing the country in Brazil. The final roster must come out of this preliminary 30, so with no further delay lets dive in and guess who will be traveling to California.
- Tim Howard – Everton – Premier League
- Brad Guzan – Aston Villa – Premier League
- Nick Rimando – Real Salt Lake – MLS
If I were placing bets on accuracy, I’d bet here. This group has been rock-solid for the better part of this cycle. The only real competition over the past four years was determining the third string job behind Howard and Guzan. However, Nick Rimando cemented said position through consistent performances at club level and a stellar showing at last summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. Not only will all three be in Palo Alto this week but also are all guaranteed a spot on the plane to Sao Paulo.
- Fabian Johnson – Hoffenheim – German Bundesliga
- Matt Besler – Sporting Kansas City – MLS
- Geoff Cameron – Stoke City – Premier League
- Omar Gonzalez – Los Angeles Galaxy – MLS
- DeMarcus Beasley – Puebla – Mexican Premiera
- Brad Evans – Seattle Sounders – MLS
- John Anthony Brooks – Hertha Berlin – Germany
- DeAndre Yedlin – Seattle Sounders – MLS
- Clarence Goodson – San Jose Earthquakes – MLS
- Timmy Chandler – Nurnberg – German Bundesliga
This group is a hodge-podge of consistent contributors and new faces. European-based vets Fabian Johnson and Geoff Cameron just completed great seasons in the Bundesliga and Premier League respectively. Omar Gonzalez and Brad Evans, formerly consistent names in the first XI during qualifying are both coming back from lower-body injuries but should be healthy by the time camp kicks off. Evans appears to be in fine form even after his time off; Gonzalez however, continues to flounder leaving his spot in the starting lineup in question. DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks are two young guys in fine form at their respective clubs and could be talented assets in Brazil. The shocking name here is clearly Timmy Chandler. His continuous love-hate relationship with the USMNT has been beyond frustrating for Klinsmann and fans alike and most would not like to see his dissent rewarded with a plane ticket with Brazil. Coming off a solid season at Nurnberg and with no real threats behind him at the position it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Chandler’s name on the call-sheet.
- Michael Bradley – Toronto FC – MLS
- Jermaine Jones – Bestikas – Turkish Super Lig
- Graham Zusi – Sporting Kansas City – MLS
- Landon Donovan – Los Angeles Galaxy – MLS
- Mix Diskerud – Rosenborg – Norway
- Alejandro Bedoya – Nantes – France
- Kyle Beckerman – Real Salt Lake – MLS
- Julian Green – Bayern Munich – Germany
- Maurice Edu – Philadelphia Union – MLS
- Brad Davis – Houston Dynamo – MLS
- Brek Shea – Stoke City – MLS
Julian Green hasn’t played club football since separating his shoulder in the Mexico friendly but most still think that his spot in the final-23 was the olive the got him to pick the United States over Germany. Maurice Edu, formerly a US regular, hasn’t been a consistent fixture since his disappointing move to Stoke. However, after regaining his form and his confidence playing with the Union he’s earned his place in Palo Alto. Brad Davis, fresh off injury is the only true lefty on the squad and his dynamite at set pieces, there could certainly be a place for that skillset on the squad. Speaking of unique skill-sets, Brek Shea just has to be in camp even though his move to Europe has been disastrous. Shea has excelled each time he’s taken the field for the US, and even with his club struggles, deserves a fresh tryout.
- Clint Dempsey – Seattle Sounders – MLS
- Jozy Altidore – Sunderland – Premier League
- Aron Johansson – AZ Alkmaar – Eredivisie
- Terrence Boyd – Rapid Wein – Austria
- Chris Wondolowski – San Jose Earthquakes – MLS
- Eddie Johnson – DC United – MLS
If you don’t know how good Clint Dempsey has been lately then you’ve been living under a rock and you must have stumbled on a soccer article by accident. Terrence Boyd, Aron Johansson, and Wondo too have been stellar for their squads and most certainly will be in camp. Jozy Altidore is as good as in but needs to play with a chip on his shoulder in order to establish himself as the premier striker we all thought he could be when he transferred to Sunderland last summer. EJ is struggling with his new club and has yet to net a goal, but his consistent play for the national squad and versatility make him an asset, or at the very least, worthy of a spot in camp.
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