American Top 40: Projecting Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup roster, 14th edition

Fabian Johnson, left, challenges Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery during Hoffenheim's 3-3 draw in the Bundesliga. (By Guenter Schiffmann -- Agence France-Presse)
Fabian Johnson, left, challenges Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery during Hoffenheim’s 3-3 draw in the Bundesliga. (By Guenter Schiffmann — Agence France-Presse)

The latest: With one last opportunity for Juergen Klinsmann to evaluate the ranks before naming the World Cup squad, players are gathering in Phoenix ahead of the U.S. national team’s friendly against Mexico on Wednesday (11 p.m. ET, ESPN, UniMas). Ticket sales have surpassed 50,000. … Real Salt Lake right back Tony Beltran replaced Brad Evans (sore calf) on the 22-man roster.

Changes: DeAndre Yedlin enters the mix, while Benny Feilhaber drops back out after not receiving a call for the Mexico match. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to leave Jose Torres on this list after another snub, but did you see this goal? John Brooks, Oguchi Onyewu, Edgar Castillo, Brek Shea, Joe Corona, Daniel Williams, Terrence Boyd, Herculez Gomez and Juan Agudelo are running out of time to make an impression.

Eye on: Julian Green, DeAndre Yedlin, Maurice Edu, Luis Gil.

Several candidates are able to fill various roles and, while listed here in one spot, they could end up elsewhere on the field at the World Cup. For example, Fabian Johnson has played on the left for Klinsmann but might start on the right in the World Cup — a shift that could allow Geoff Cameron to start in the middle. On that note, our latest 23 on course for Brazil (and how they fared over the weekend), plus the 17 seeking to unseat them:

(*U.S. roster for Mexico friendly)

GOALKEEPERS

Tim Howard (Everton): 90 in 3-1 victory at Fulham. Next: Arsenal on Sunday.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa): 90 in 4-1 loss at Manchester United. Next: Fulham on Saturday.
Nick Rimando* (Real Salt Lake): 90 in 3-0 victory over Toronto FC. Next: at Sporting KC on Saturday.

DEFENDERS

Center back

Matt Besler* (Sporting Kansas City): 90 in 3-2 victory at Colorado. Next: Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
Omar Gonzalez* (Los Angeles Galaxy): no match scheduled. Next: at Chivas USA on Sunday.
Clarence Goodson* (San Jose Earthquakes): 90 in 2-1 loss to New England. Next: Columbus on April 13.

— Contenders —

Michael Orozco* (Puebla): 90 in 1-1 draw with Leon. Next: at Atlas on Saturday.

Tim Ream (Bolton): 90 in 1-1 draw with Wigan. Next: at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday): 90 in 4-1 loss to Watford. Next: at Leicester City on Friday.

John Brooks (Hertha Berlin): in the 18, did not play in 2-0 loss at Schalke. Next: Hoffenheim on Sunday.

Right back

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City): 90 in 1-0 victory over Hull City. Next: at Chelsea on Saturday.
Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders): not in the 18 (calf injury) for 2-1 loss to Columbus. Next: at Portland on Saturday.
Michael Parkhurst* (Columbus Crew): 90 in 2-1 victory at Seattle. Next: Toronto FC on Saturday.

– Contenders –

DeAndre Yedlin* (Seattle Sounders): 90 in 2-1 loss to Columbus. Next: at Portland on Saturday.

Left back

Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim): 90 at right back in 3-3 draw at Bayern Munich. Next: at Hertha Berlin on Sunday.
DaMarcus Beasley*(Puebla): 90 in 1-1 draw with Leon. Next: at Atlas on Saturday.

— Contenders —

Edgar Castillo (Tijuana): last 30 in 2-1 loss at Queretaro. Next: Cruz Azul in CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, Toluca on Friday.

MIDFIELDERS

Defensive

Michael Bradley* (Toronto FC): 90 in 3-0 loss at Real Salt Lake. Next: at Columbus on Saturday.
Jermaine Jones (Besiktas): 90 in 1-0 loss at Karabukspor. Next: Kayserispor on Saturday.
Kyle Beckerman* (Real Salt Lake): 90 (assist) in 3-0 victory over Toronto FC. Next: at Sporting K.C. on Saturday.

— Contenders —

Maurice Edu* (Philadelphia Union): 90 in 1-1 draw with Montreal. Next: at Chicago on Saturday.

Daniel Williams (Reading): 80 in 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town. Next: at Charlton on Saturday.

Right side

Graham Zusi* (Sporting Kansas City): 90 (goal, 2 assists) in 3-2 victory at Colorado. Next: Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes): 79 in 0-0 draw with Bordeaux. Next: at Monaco on Sunday.

— Contenders —

Joe Corona (Tijuana): in the 18, did not play in 2-1 loss at Queretaro. Next: Cruz Azul in CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, Toluca on Friday.

Left side

Landon Donovan* (Los Angeles Galaxy): no match scheduled. Next: at Chivas USA on Sunday.
Eddie Johnson* (D.C. United): 90 in 2-2 draw with Chicago. Next: New England on Saturday.

— Contenders —

Brad Davis* (Houston Dynamo): 90 (assist) in 2-1 loss at Vancouver. Next: FC Dallas on Saturday.

Brek Shea (Stoke City): not in the 18 for 1-0 victory over Hull City. Next: at Chelsea on Saturday.

Jose Torres (Tigres): 90 (goal in 51st) in 2-1 loss at Toluca. Next: at Atlante on Sunday.

Central

Clint Dempsey* (Seattle Sounders): suspended for 2-1 loss to Columbus. Next: at Portland on Saturday.

Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg): last 45 (goal in 64th) in 2-2 draw with Viking. Next: at Aalesund on Saturday.

Diskerud’s early goal:

— Contenders —

Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht): first 45 in 1-0 loss at Standard Liege. Next: Brugge on Sunday.

FORWARDS

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland): no match scheduled. Next: West Ham on Monday.
Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar): 6 in 0-0 draw at Cambuur. Next: Benfica in Europa League on Thursday, at Roda on Sunday.
Chris Wondolowski* (San Jose Earthquakes): 90 (goal in 69th) in 2-1 loss to New England. Next: Columbus on April 13.

— Contenders —

Julian Green* (Bayern Munich II): 82 in 5-2 victory over Eintracht Bamberg. Next: at Bayern Hof on Sunday.

Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna): 90 in 2-0 victory over Sturm Graz. Next: at Austria Vienna on Sunday.

Herculez Gomez (Tijuana): 60 in 2-1 loss at Queretaro. Next: Cruz Azul in CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, Toluca on Friday..

Juan Agudelo (Utrecht, on loan from Stoke City): 66 in 2-2 draw at NAC Breda. Next: Cambuur on Wednesday, at Den Haag on Sunday.

 

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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