BY RACHEL SHULHAFER
U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named his 30-man preliminary roster on Monday for next month’s World Cup. He will have to cut that list down to 23 players by FIFA’s final deadline on June 2. Until then, the lucky 30 will face certain hell twice daily at the pre-World Cup camp at Stanford University, as they will not only be training for Brazil, but fighting to prove to Klinsmann that they do not deserve to be one of the seven players he dismisses come June.
The roster includes the familiar names of seasoned veterans such as Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, and Michael Bradley. Julian Green, the 18-year-old phenom, managed to make his way onto the team, as well as some players who were on the bubble, including DeAndre Yedlin, Maurice Edu, Mix Diskerud, and Chris Wondolowski.
Some notable names left off the list include three fairly surprising World Cup veterans: José Torres, Eddie Johnson, and Benny Feilhaber. I’m most disappointed about Feilhaber’s absence because it will mean a lack of lip-syncing videos that surface during the Cup.
The squad will play three pre-World Cup exhibitions games against Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Nigeria. Two of those three games will be before the final 23-man roster is announced.
Here’s the full roster via mlssoccer.com:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England), Tim Howard (Everton/England), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (11): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/Germany), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg/Germany), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/Germany),Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/France), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/Norway), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Julian Green (Bayern Munich/Germany), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas/Turkey), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/England), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna/Austria), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).