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Klinsmann's selection dilemma
by Paul Kennedy, October 8th, 2012 12:23AM

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TAGS:  americans abroad, men's national team, world cup 2014


[USA MEN] Heading into the final two World Cup 2014 qualifiers in the Concacaf zone's semifinal round, the U.S. national team finds itself again short-handed. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann insists that the players he takes "are all at 100 percent" but a check of his core group shows that nine of the 28 players have either been playing infrequently or are injured. The problem is particularly dire in midfield, where Jermaine Jones, Brek Shea and now Landon Donovan are injured, and three other players have two starts between them in the last month. The good news: Michael Bradley is back in action, scoring on Sunday in his first start for Roma since August. Klinsmann will name his 23-player squad on Monday ...

The core of 28 players includes those 25 players who were called for the September series against Jamaica and the three players who would have been called in if healthy: Bradley, Donovan and Edgar Castillo.

GOALKEEPERS (4):
Playing regularly:
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Tim Howard (Everton)
Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

DEFENDERS (9):
Playing regularly:
Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Edgar Castillo (Tijuana)
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96)
Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)
Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland)
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).
Playing infrequently:
Clarence Goodson (Brondby)
Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis)

Note: Goodson has been serving a three-game suspension for kicking an opponent in Brondby's match with FC Midtjylland on Sept. 30; Orozco's start in Sunday's 4-0 loss at Jaguares was his first in six games for San Luis.

MIDFIELDERS (11):
Playing regularly:
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
Joe Corona (Club Tijuana)
Jose Torres (Pachuca)
Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Playing infrequently:
Michael Bradley (Roma)
Maurice Edu (Stoke City)
Josh Gatt (Molde)
Injured:
Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04)
Brek Shea (FC Dallas)

Note: Edu finally debuted for Stoke City on Saturday, making a 10-minute appearance. Gatt played 45 minutes on Sunday in his first start for Molde since being injured the day he got the call-up for the Jamaica series. Jones has not played in Schalke 04's last three games.

FORWARDS (4):
Playing regularly:
Jozy Altidore (AZ)
Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna)
Clint Dempsey (Tottenham)
Playing infrequently:
Herculez Gomez (Santos)

Note: Gomez started and scored for Santos on Saturday in its 1-1 tie at Queretaro. It was his first league goal since Aug. 3 and his first league start since Aug. 18.



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