American Top 40: Projecting Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup roster, 10th edition

In his Fulham loan farewell, Clint Dempsey, left, challenges Chelsea's John Terry in a Premier League match at Craven Cottage. (By Eddie Keogh -- Reuters)
In his Fulham loan farewell, Clint Dempsey, left, challenges Chelsea’s John Terry in a Premier League match at Craven Cottage. (By Eddie Keogh — Reuters)

The latest: Michael Bradley, Tim Ream and Mix Diskerud withdrew from the U.S. roster ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against Ukraine in Cyprus, while Jonathan Spector joined the squad training in Frankfurt. Spector, who can play on the backline and in midfield, is seeking his first appearance in more than two years. ESPN2, UniMas and WatchESPN will carry the friendly, starting at 2 p.m. ET. [Updated U.S. roster]

Changes: With several players on the fringe of the World Cup list summoned for the Ukraine game, change is in order. It does not mean those dropped cannot re-enter the mix, but for now, Stuart Holden, Timothy Chandler and Eric Lichaj are out while Juan Agudelo, Oguchi Onyewu and Spector are in the 40.

Eye on: Terrence Boyd, who has recorded 14 goals in 29 Rapid Vienna appearances across all competitions.

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

GOALKEEPERS

Tim Howard* (Everton): 90 in 1-0 victory over West Ham. Next: at Arsenal on Saturday.
Brad Guzan* (Aston Villa): 90 in 4-1victory over Norwich City. Next: Chelsea on March 15.
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake): MLS opener at Los Angeles on Saturday.

DEFENDERS

Center back

Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City): MLS opener at Seattle on Saturday.
Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy): MLS opener vs. Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes): CONCACAF Champions League vs. Toluca on March 11.

— Contenders —

Michael Orozco (Puebla): 90 in 1-0 victory over Queretaro. Next: at Toluca on Friday.

John Brooks* (Hertha Berlin): in the 18, did not play in 0-0 draw with Freiburg. Next: at Mainz on Sunday.

Oguchi Onyewu* (Sheffield Wednesday): 90 in 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough. Next: at Yeovil Town on Saturday.

Tim Ream** (Bolton): 90 in 4-0 victory over Blackburn. Next: at Leeds on Saturday.

Right back

Geoff Cameron* (Stoke City): 90 in 1-0 victory over Arsenal. Next: at Norwich City on Saturday.
Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders): MLS opener vs. Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.
Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew): MLS opener at D.C. United on Saturday.

— Contenders —

Steve Cherundolo (Hannover): not in the 18 for 1-1 draw at Augsburg. Next: Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City): 90 in 1-0 loss at Ipswich Town. Next: QPR on Saturday.

Left back

Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim): 87 at right back in 6-2 victory over Wolfsburg. Next: at Schalke on Saturday.
DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla): last 52 (goal in 53rd) in 1-0 victory over Queretaro. Next: at Toluca on Friday.

— Contenders —

Edgar Castillo* (Tijuana): not in the 18 for 1-1 draw at Veracruz. Next: Chivas on Friday.

MIDFIELDERS

Defensive

Michael Bradley** (Toronto FC): MLS opener at Seattle on March 15.
Jermaine Jones* (Besiktas): 58 in 1-1 draw with Antalyaspor. Next: Eskisehirspor on Sunday.
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake): MLS opener at Los Angeles on Saturday.

— Contenders —

Daniel Williams* (Reading): 90 in 1-1 draw with Yeovil Town. Next: at Brighton on Saturday.

Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union): MLS opener at Portland on Saturday.

Right side

Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City): MLS opener at Seattle on Saturday.
Alejandro Bedoya* (Nantes): 66 in 2-0 loss at Evian. Next: Ajaccio on Saturday.

— Contenders —

Joe Corona (Tijuana): last 70 in 1-1 draw at Veracruz. Next: Chivas on Friday.

Left side

Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy): MLS opener vs. Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
Eddie Johnson (D.C. United): MLS opener vs. Columbus on Saturday.

— Contenders —

Brek Shea* (Barnsley, on loan from Stoke City): 35 in 5-0 loss at Huddersfield Town. Next: Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo): MLS opener vs. New England on Saturday.

Jose Torres (Tigres): 28 in 0-0 draw at Chivas. Next: Cruz Azul on Saturday.

Central

Clint Dempsey* (Seattle Sounders, loan to Fulham ends): 90 in 3-1 loss to Chelsea. Next: MLS opener vs. Kansas City on Saturday.

Mikkel Diskerud** (Rosenborg): Norway preseason.

— Contenders —

Sacha Kljestan* (Anderlecht): in the 18, did not play in 2-0 victory over Genk. Next: at Leuven on Saturday.

FORWARDS

Jozy Altidore* (Sunderland): not in the 18 (manager’s decision) for 3-1 loss to Manchester City in League Cup final at Wembley. Next: at Hull City on Sunday.
Aron Johannsson* (AZ Alkmaar): 90 (assist) in 4-0 victory over Waalwijk. Next: Heracles on Saturday.
Terrence Boyd* (Rapid Vienna): 90 (goal in 1st-half stoppage time) in 6-3 loss at Salzburg. Next: at Wacker Innsbruck on Sunday.

— Contenders —

Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes): CONCACAF Champions League vs. Toluca on March 11.

Herculez Gomez (Tijuana): 78 in 1-1 draw at Veracruz. Next: Chivas on Friday.

Juan Agudelo* (Utrecht, on loan from Stoke City): in the 18, did not play in 1-1 draw with Twente. Next: at PSV Eindhoven on Saturday.

*named to U.S. national team roster

**named to U.S. roster but withdrew: Ream remained with his wife, who gave birth this past week; Diskerud is recovering from a minor ailment ahead of the season’s start; Bradley requested time ahead of the MLS opener.

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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