USMNT Sets Roster for Remaining Qaulifiers

USMNT Sets Roster for Remaining Qaulifiers
Posted on October 08, 2013 by Tim

Several key injuries have helped shaped Jurgen Klinsmann's 20-man roster selection for the two final matches of regional World Cup qualifying beginning this evening.

The USMNT hosts Jamaica tonight in Kansas City, Kan., then travels to Panama for a a another match on Oct. 15. The American team has already clinched a berth in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the seventh consecutive time the squad gets a shot against the worlds best.

In recent years much ink has been spilled (see the Kick Republic Rankings here) regarding the arbitrary nature of these rankings and the relatively meaninglessness effect they have around the world.

However, this year FIFA will be using the standings as a factor when it awards the seedings in the 2014 World Cup draw. The drawing this December in Brazil. And as any NCAA basketball fan will tell you, a middling team (sorry U.S.A.) can go a long way with the right draw! I mean really, VCU?

The only question remaining is whether the United States can finish at the top of its group and possibly climb even higher in the FIFA world rankings.

The roster:

Goalkeepers Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton) and Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle) and Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy)

Midfielders Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht) and Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Aron Johannsson (AZ) and Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)