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Two World Cup roster spots up for grabs at the moment
by Paul Kennedy, October 6th, 2013 5:35PM

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[USA MEN] By taking just 20 players for the qualifiers against Jamaica and Panama, Jurgen Klinsmann gave a strong indication of who stands where in the battle for the 23 spots on the 2014 U.S. World Cup team. If you take the 18 players who were called in to both the September and October qualifiers and add the injured Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Fabian Johnson, all automatic choices when healthy throughout the Hexagonal, that leaves only two spots up for grabs.

Top 21:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
DEFENDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting KC) Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), *Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), *Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC).
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), *Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders).
*currently injured.

One of the remaining spots will surely go to a central defender. The top three candidates at the moment are John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes) and Michael Orozco (Puebla).

The other player would likely be a midfielder, and Sacha Kljestan, headed to Kansas City after missing the September qualifiers, would be first in line to claim that spot.

Terrence Boyd was also called in for the Jamaica and Panama matches, but he and other forwards like Hercules Gomez and Chris Wondolowski face stiff competition if they want to crack the frontline corps.


3 comments
  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: October 7, 2013 at 7:44 p.m.
    So, this is one big assumption IMO! Both Kljestan and Castillo would have to play positive and flawlessly in their appearances, before being handed a spot to Brazil over Corona and Parkhurst. And I could argue, Torres should be in the midfield discussion after this summer's Gold Cup also. Goodson should be a lock!!!

  1. Daniel Clifton
    commented on: October 8, 2013 at 2:22 p.m.
    I have to agree that Goodson should be a lock. I don't understand why he is not on this roster.

  1. Mark Konty
    commented on: October 9, 2013 at 7:40 a.m.
    Goodson nursed an ankle injury over the weekend and his team has a game with playoff implications on Wednesday. No way he'd be fit to play on Friday. He could probably travel to Panama if needed, but I'll bet he stays with San Jose for the playoff run.


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