Klinsmann Releases Controversial Roster Ahead Of World Cup Qualifier

 

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Source: CBS Sports

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U.S. soccer boss Jürgen Klinsmann has tapped 13 MLS players for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Guatemala that will take place on Friday, March 25th.

Good to see Clint Dempsey back in the fold after being left off the roster for the first two World Cup qualifiers back in the fall.

Source: AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan

 

One player to keep your eye on is Steve Birnbaum. DC United’s young center-back’s stock is on the rise after he scored against Iceland in a January friendly.

Source: Ringo H.W. Chiu / Associated Press
Source: Ringo H.W. Chiu/Associated Press

 

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MLS players are particularly well represented in the final third of the field, comprising 10 of the 13 forwards and midfielders selected.

Here’s the complete roster:

GOALKEEPERS (4): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG), Tim Howard (Everton FC/ENG), William Yarbrough (Club Leon/MEX)

DEFENDERS (9): Ventura Alvarado (Club America/MEX), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City),Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), Edgar Castillo (Monterrey/MEX), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana/MEX), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland/ENG)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes FC/FRA),Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach/GER), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin/GER), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

 

Does the roster World Cup qualifying roster look good?

Who would you like to see called up

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