Jurgen Klinsmann shocked the US soccer community today by naming the 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. The surprise exclusion of Landon Donovan, who is arguably the best American soccer player ever, has many fans wondering how the country's all-time leading scorer in international competition could be left off. Klinsmann called it "the toughest decision in my coaching career", but a look at the names on the final squad would suggest that Donovan is still one of the best 23 players available despite not being as effective recently.
Here's the 23:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
- Frank Yallop told reporters today the Grant Ward could make his way into the 18 man game day roster this weekend in Columbus. Ward just started full training this week but has been with the team since last Monday. Ward's broken foot has apparently completely healed.
- Yallop noted that several players are dealing with injuries and could be questionable against the Crew. Among those named were Patrick Nyarko (knee), Lovel Palmer (kidney stones), and Bakary Soumare (calf tightness). Mike Magee is also dealing with a calf issue.