Last night, the United States men’s national team defeated Jamaica in its last home World Cup qualifier. The game meant little as the U.S. has already qualified for the World Cup, but it was another important opportunity for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to look at his team.
At this point, every game counts for the U.S. as there are only four more games (Panama, Scotland, Austria and a yet-to-be named March opponent) when the full squad will be available before the World Cup training camp opens next May.
Here is my list of 23 names who should be going to the World Cup with the USMNT.
Goalkeepers: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Nick Rimando
Right-backs: Brad Evans, Steve Cherundolo (if healthy)
Center-backs: Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Geoff Cameron, Clarence Goodson (to be replaced by John Anthony Brooks if Brooks commits to the U.S.)
Left-backs: Fabian Johnson, DaMarcus Beasley
Center midfielders: Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud, Jermaine Jones, Sacha Kljestan, Kyle Beckerman
Outside midfielders: Landon Donovan, Graham Zusi, Alejandro Bedoya, Joe Corona
Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson
Alternates: Aron Johannsson, Jose Torres, Terrence Boyd, Brek Shea, Herculez Gomez, Juan Agudelo, Maurice Edu, Danny Williams, Stuart Holden, Michael Orozco, Eric Lichaj, Paul Arriola
John D. Halloran