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Klinsmann selects U.S. preliminary World Cup roster

By Michelle Kapusta,

On Monday, the United States men’s national team coach selected a 30-man preliminary World Cup roster.

As USA Today reported, coach Jurgen Klinsmann included 18-year-old Julian Green, who separated his shoulder last month in an exhibition game and 20-year-old standout DeAndre Yedlin in his selections.

A big surprise for many was that D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson was not included in the group. Johnson scored a pivotal goal against Mexico in September to secure the U.S. another World Cup berth, the Associated Press noted.

"It was a very difficult decision based on what he's done with me the whole time," Klinsmann said about leaving him off the roster.

A notable inclusion to the 30-man roster is veteran Los Angeles Galaxy star and fan-favorite, Landon Donovan. If given a spot on the final roster as expected, this will be the 32-year-old's fourth World Cup.

Here how the current roster looks today:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Nick Rimando

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Timmy Chandler, Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Clarence Goodson, Fabian Johnson, Michael Parkhurst, DeAndre Yedlin

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Joe Corona, Brad Davis, Mix Diskerud, Maurice Edu, Julian Green, Jermaine Jones, Graham Zusi

Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Terrence Boyd, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Aron Johannsson, Chris Wondolowski

On June 2, Klinsmann will have to dwindle it down to 23 players before heading to Brazil. They open the World Cup on June 16 against Ghana.

 

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