American Top 40: Projecting Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup roster, 9th edition

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Some outlets credited John Terry, others declared an own goal on American keeper Tim Howard. Either way, Chelsea defeated Everton in the waning moments:

The latest: Clint Dempsey, inactive for three consecutive matches, will end his unproductive two-month loan to Fulham next weekend (5 starts in all competitions, no goals) and then rejoin the Seattle Sounders. … Despite signs of improvement, the situation in Ukraine remains volatile, leaving the U.S. friendly March 5 in Kharkiv in limbo. The federations have discussed contingency plans (neutral site, for instance). Additional information is expected Monday. … The USSF is moving closer to announcing the three World Cup send-off matches in late May and early June.

Changes: Back in action, John Brooks leaps ahead of Tim Ream on the center-back depth chart. … Steve Cherundolo, Eric Lichaj, Timothy Chandler, Stuart Holden, Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez are running out of time to make an impression on Juergen Klinsmann. Gomez has not scored a league goal in almost a year? Is that right?

Eye on: Juan Agudelo has made five consecutive starts for Utrecht (one goal). … Jonathan Spector returned from a four-month injury absence to play 90 at right back for Birmingham City.

Our latest 23 on course for Brazil (and how they fared over the weekend), plus the 17 seeking to unseat them:

GOALKEEPERS

  1. Tim Howard (Everton): 90 in 1-0 loss at Chelsea. Next: West Ham on Saturday.
  2. Brad Guzan (Aston Villa): 90 in 1-0 loss at Newcastle. Next: at Hull City on Saturday.
  3. Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake): MLS preseason.

DEFENDERS

Center back

  1. Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City): MLS preseason.
  2. Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy): MLS preseason.
  3. Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes): MLS preseason.

— Contenders —

Michael Orozco (Puebla): 90 in 0-0 draw at Atlante. Next: at Tigres in Copa MX on Thursday, Queretaro on Sunday.

John Brooks (Hertha Berlin): 5 in 2-1 victory at Stuttgart. Next: Freiburg on Friday.

Tim Ream (Bolton): 90 in 2-0 victory over Watford. Next: Blackburn on Saturday.

Right back

  1. Geoff Cameron (Stoke City): 90 in 1-0 loss at Manchester City. Next: Arsenal on Saturday.
  2. Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders): MLS preseason.
  3. Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew): MLS preseason.

— Contenders —

Steve Cherundolo (Hannover): not in the 18 for 4-0 loss to Bayern Munich. Next: at Augsburg on Saturday.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest): in the 18, did not play in 3-1 loss at Burnley. Next: Wigan on Saturday.

Timothy Chandler (Nurnberg): sidelined with knee injury.

Left back

  1. Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim): 90 in 2-2 draw at Moenchengladbach. Next: Wolfsburg on Sunday.
  2. DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla): 79 in 0-0 draw at Atlante. Next: at Tigres in Copa MX on Thursday, Queretaro on Sunday.

— Contenders —

Edgar Castillo (Tijuana): 90 in 3-0 loss to Chiapas. Next: at Veracruz on Saturday.

MIDFIELDERS

Defensive

  1. Michael Bradley (Toronto FC): MLS preseason.
  2. Jermaine Jones (Besiktas): not in the 18 (injured) for 1-0 loss at Galatasaray. Next: Antalyaspor on Friday.
  3. Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake): MLS preseason.

— Contenders —

Daniel Williams (Reading): 90 in 1-0 loss to Blackburn. Next: Yeovil Town on Saturday.

Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union): MLS preseason.

Right side

  1. Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City): MLS preseason.
  2. Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes): 11 in 3-0 loss to Rennes. Next: at Evian on Friday.

— Contenders —

Joe Corona (Tijuana): last 45 in 3-0 loss to Chiapas. Next: at Veracruz on Saturday.

Left side

  1. Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy): MLS preseason.
  2. Eddie Johnson (D.C. United): MLS preseason.

— Contenders —

Brek Shea (Stoke City, on loan to Barnsley): 27 in 1-0 victory over Millwall. Next: at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo): MLS preseason.

Jose Torres (Tigres): 16 in 1-0 victory over Veracruz. Next: Puebla in Copa MX on Thursday, at Chivas on Sunday.

Central

  1. Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders, loan to Fulham): not in the 18 for 1-1 draw at West Brom. Next: Chelsea on Saturday.
  2. Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg): Norway preseason.

— Contenders —

Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht): 90 in 2-1 loss at Lokeren. Next: Genk on Sunday.

Stuart Holden (Bolton): Late stages of rehabilitation for knee injury suffered last summer.

FORWARDS

  1. Jozy Altidore (Sunderland): first 45 in 4-1 loss at Arsenal. Next: Manchester City in League Cup final Sunday at Wembley.
  2. Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar): 90 in 4-0 loss at Ajax. Next: Sloven Liberec in UEFA Europa League on Thursday, Waalwijk on Sunday.
  3. Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna): 90 in 0-0 draw with Groedig. Next: at Salzburg on Sunday.

— Contenders —

Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes): MLS preseason.

Herculez Gomez (Tijuana): 13 in 3-0 loss to Chiapas. Next: at Veracruz on Saturday.

 

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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