United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named 23 players to his roster for the FIFA World Cup on May 22, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)
CHICAGO – United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Thursday named his 23-player roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which starts June 12 in Brazil. The final document will be officially submitted to FIFA on June 2.
The selection is highlighted by the inclusion of Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey, who will be appearing in his third World Cup. Another veteran, Puebla defender DaMarcus Beasley, will be making his fourth trip to the FIFA finals.
“It’s an exciting moment when you have narrowed the roster down as a coaching staff, and these 23 players that you’ve chosen can focus now purely on Brazil,” Klinsmann said. “We can go into more specific things about technical approaches, and about the opponents. For the players, it’s very important to know that they are now part of it and they can relax and know they are on the list going to Brazil and taking it from there. After almost 10 days of work right now, we thought the point has come to make the decision.”
Only six players were held over from the South Africa 2010 squad – Beasley, Dempsey, forward Jozy Altidore, midfielder Michael Bradley, as well as goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Tim Howard.
Seven members from the initial 30-man preliminary roster have been released from the team’s Stanford, California, training camp: forwards Terrence Boyd and Landon Donovan; midfielders Joe Corona and Maurice Edu; and defenders Brad Evans, Clarence Goodson and Michael Parkhurst. They have been placed on a standby list and are returning to their respective clubs.
Donovan, the all-time leading scorer in U.S. soccer history with 57 goals, had appeared in the previous three World Cups.
Before traveling to Brazil, the U.S. will play friendlies against Azerbaijan (May 27, in San Francisco), Turkey (June 1, in Harrison, New Jersey) and Nigeria (June 7, in Jacksonville, Florida).
UNITED STATES WORLD CUP ROSTER
(as of May 22, 2014)
GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England), Tim Howard (Everton/England), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/Germany), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg/Germany), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/Germany), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/France), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/Canada), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/Norway), Julian Green (Bayern Munich/Germany), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas/Turkey), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/England), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar/Holland), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)