A couple weeks ago, we told you that the field for the US Men's National Team that would compete in the 2014 World Cup was down to 30. Well, today, that list was cut down to the final 23. This is the team that will head to Brazil with dreams of winning a world championship.
“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,” USMNT head coach Jurgen 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.”
But there's one big-name player who's going to have a hard time with the World Cup experience: Landon Donovan. The all-time leading US goal scorer didn't make the cut, and that's going to make for some interesting discussion before, during, and after the World Cup.
That storyline is just beginning. And while we wait to hear what Donovan thinks about the move, here's full 23-man World Cup roster:
Goalkeepers Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders 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 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 Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
What do you think of the US Men's National Team World Cup roster? How do you think the decision to leave Landon Donovan off the squad will help or hurt the team? Let us know in the comments section below!
For more World Cup coverage, check out SI Kids' Guide to the 2014 World Cup!