[USA-HONDURAS] Last but not least, Jurgen Klinsmann will release the USA's travel roster for Wednesday's World Cup 2014
qualifier against Honduras (TV: beIN Sport, beIN Sport en Espanol, 4 p.m. ET) on Monday morning. All signs pointed to seven players, maybe eight, who played in last Tuesday's 0-0 tie with Canada being
on the plane to San Pedro Sula, meaning several foreign-based stars won't be making the trip.
UPDATE: Klinsmann calls up 24 players
-- Graham Zusi and Eddie Johnson, who started in the last two matches of the semifinal round of qualifying, were considered cinches.
-- Matt Besler (who tweeted a photo of him on the plane to Miami with Kim Kardashian) and Omar Gonzalez were expected to be brought to help at center back, the position at which the USA has the least depth.
Yes, of course you can sit next to me on my flight this morning. Nothing to worry about, Kaynevia.me/-9d15sjk— Matt Besler (@mbesler) February 2, 2013
-- All signs pointed toward MLS veterans Brad Davis and Brad Evans getting their first call-ups of the current World Cup qualifying cycle.
-- FIFA rules allow 23 players on the game-day match list, but it must include three goalies, so Sean Johnson would be the obvious choice to back up Tim Howard and Brad Guzan.
The situation regarding the contingent of foreign-based players Klinsmann will call in got a little clearer on Saturday when Fabian Johnson (who had been nursing a knee injury) returned to action in a winning effort for Hoffenheim.
These 15 foreign-based players would be considered pretty much locks to be headed to Honduras:
Goalies -- Howard, Guzan;
Defenders -- Geoff Cameron, Timmy Chandler, Carlos Bocanegra, Edgar Castillo, Michael Parkhurst and Fabian Johnson;
Midfielders -- Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Danny Williams, Maurice Edu;
Forwards -- Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Herculez Gomez.
That would leave one spot up for grabs.
Kyle Beckerman, the only other player besides Zusi and Eddie Johnson who played in the semifinal round of qualifying and attended the January training camp, has returned to Real Salt Lake following the Canada game.
Joe Corona tweeted Sunday that he was headed to Tijuana after the Xolos' 2-2 tie with Tigres, while Sacha Kljestan was still in Brussels Sunday night when he posted a photo of him sans mustache.
Davis' likely callup would mean that Klinsmann did not bring in Jose Torres, who played against Castillo and Corona in Saturday's top-of-the-standings clash in Monterrey.
The lucky 23rd player could be Juan Agudelo.