That is not a typo in the headline: With World Cup training camp at Stanford five weeks away, American Top 40 narrows to American Top 30 — the number of players Juergen Klinsmann will submit to FIFA by May 12 as his provisional roster. The 23-man list is not due until June 2, and Klinsmann has suggested waiting close to that deadline to set the roster.
With the cast of candidates shrinking and several players offering versatility, I have discontinued the subsets and broadened the positional order.
Changes from last week: Farewell to Oguchi Onyewu, John Brooks, Edgar Castillo, Daniel Williams, Brek Shea, Joe Corona, Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez, Juan Agudelo and Terrence Boyd.
Of note: Check marks indicate my picks for the final roster. “Contenders” are my leading candidates for the 30-man list. Players not mentioned, most notably Corona, could re-enter the mix at any time in the coming weeks. As it stands, I am projecting 13 MLS players, nine European-based players and one Mexican-based player en route to Brazil.
√Tim Howard (Everton): 90 minutes in 3-0 victory over Arsenal. Next: Sunderland on Saturday.
√Brad Guzan (Aston Villa): 90 in 2-1 loss to Fulham. Next: at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
√Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake): not in the 18 (injured) for 0-0 draw at Sporting Kansas City. Next: at Philadelphia on Saturday.
√CB Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City): 90 in 0-0 draw with Real Salt Lake. Next: Montreal on April 19.
√RB-CB Geoff Cameron (Stoke City): first 45 in 3-0 loss at Chelsea. Next: Newcastle on Saturday.
√LB-RB-LMF Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim): 90 in 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin. Next: Augsburg on Sunday.
√CB Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy): 90 in 3-0 victory at Chivas USA. Next: Vancouver on Saturday.
√CB Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes): no match scheduled. Next: Columbus on Sunday.
√LB-LMF DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla): 90 in 0-0 draw at Atlas. Next: Club America on Sunday.
√RB-DMF Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders): not in the 18 (injured) for 4-4 draw at Portland. Next: at Dallas on Saturday.
√LB-RB Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew): 90 in 2-0 loss to Toronto. Next: at San Jose on Saturday.
— Contenders —
CB Michael Orozco (Puebla): first 23 (injured) in 0-0 draw at Atlas. Next: Club America on Sunday.
CB Tim Ream (Bolton): 90 in 1-0 victory at Huddersfield Town. Next: at Doncaster on Tuesday, Barnsley on Saturday.
RB DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders): 90 in 4-4 draw at Portland. Next: at Dallas on Saturday.
√DMF-CMF Michael Bradley (Toronto FC): 73 (goal in 11th) in 2-0 victory at Columbus. Next: Colorado on Saturday.
√LMF-CMF-RMF-F Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy): 90 (assist) in 3-0 victory at Chivas USA. Next: Vancouver on Saturday.
√CMF-F-RMF Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders): 90 (goals in 24th, 85th, 87th) in 4-4 draw at Portland. Next: at Dallas on Saturday.
√RMF Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City): 90 in 0-0 draw with Real Salt Lake. Next: Montreal on April 19.
√DMF Jermaine Jones (Besiktas): 90 in 2-1 victory over Kayserispor. Next: Konyaspor on Friday.
√DMF Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake): 90 in 0-0 draw at Sporting KC. Next: at Philadelphia on Saturday.
√RMF-CMF Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes): 90 (goal in 78th) in 3-1 loss at Monaco. Next: Guingamp on Sunday.
√CMF Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg): in the 18, did not play in 1-1 draw at Aalesund. Next: Odd on Sunday.
— Contenders —
DMF Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union): 90 (goal in 32nd) in 2-2 draw at Chicago. Next: Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
LMF-F Julian Green (Bayern Munich II): not in the 18 (injured) for 2-0 victory at Bayern Hof. Next: Schweinfurt on Saturday.
LMF Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo): first 45 (assist; injured) in 4-1 loss to Dallas. Next: at New England on Saturday.
CMF-DMF Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht): 13 in 3-0 victory over Brugge. Next: at Lokeren on Friday.
√F Jozy Altidore (Sunderland): no match scheduled. Next: at Spurs on Monday, Everton on Saturday.
√F-LMF Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar): 90 (goal in 59th, assist) in 2-2 draw at Roda. Next: at Benfica in Europa League on Thursday, Nijmegen on Sunday.
√F-LMF Eddie Johnson (D.C. United): 87 in 2-0 victory over New England. Next: New York on Saturday.
√F Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes): no match scheduled. Next: Columbus on Sunday.
Video from the 4-4 draw between Seattle and Portland: