American Top 30: Projecting Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup roster, 16th edition


Maurice Edu retrieves the ball after scoring a late equalizer for Philadelphia at PPL Park. (By Mitchell Leff — Getty Images)

With World Cup training camp at Stanford four 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: Joe Corona replaces Sacha Kljestan, whose minutes have been declining at Anderlecht.

Of note: Check marks indicate my picks for the final roster. “Contenders” are my leading candidates for the 30-man list. Players not mentioned 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.

GOALKEEPERS

Tim Howard (Everton): 90 minutes in 1-0 victory at Sunderland. Next: Crystal Palace on Wednesday, Manchester United on Sunday.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa): 90 in 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace. Next: Southampton on Saturday.
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake): not in the 18 (knee injury) for 2-2 draw at Philadelphia. Next: Portland on Saturday.

DEFENDERS

√CB Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City): no match scheduled. Next: Montreal on Saturday.
√RB-CB Geoff Cameron (Stoke City): 90 in 1-0 victory over Newcastle. Next: at Cardiff City on Saturday.
√LB-RB-LMF Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim): 90 in 2-0 victory over Augsburg. Next: at Werder Bremen on Saturday.
√CB Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy): 90 in 1-0 victory over Vancouver. Next: at Vancouver on Saturday.
√CB Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes): 90 in 1-1 draw with Columbus. Next: at Colorado on Saturday.
√LB-LMF DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla): 90 in 1-0 loss to Club America. Next: at Pachuca on Saturday.
√RB-DMF Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders): not in the 18 (calf injury) for 3-2 victory at Dallas. Next: at Chivas USA on Saturday.
√LB-RB Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew): 90 in 1-1 draw at San Jose. Next: D.C. United on Saturday.

— Contenders —

CB Michael Orozco (Puebla): not in the 18 (leg injury) for 1-0 loss to Club America. Next: at Pachuca on Saturday.
CB Tim Ream (Bolton): 90 in 1-0 victory over Barnsley. Next: at Charlton on Friday.
RB DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders): 90 in 3-2 victory at Dallas. Next: at Chivas USA on Saturday.

MIDFIELDERS

√DMF-CMF Michael Bradley (Toronto FC): not in the 18 (quadriceps injury) for 1-0 loss to Colorado. Next: at Dallas on Saturday.
√CMF-F-RMF Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders): 90 (goals in 22nd and 85th) in 3-2 victory at Dallas. Next: at Chivas USA on Saturday.
√RMF Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City): no match scheduled. Next: Montreal on Saturday.
√DMF Jermaine Jones (Besiktas): 90 in 1-1 draw at Konyaspor. Next: Fenerbahce on Sunday.
√LMF-CMF-RMF-F Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy): 90 in 1-0 victory over Vancouver. Next: at Vancouver on Saturday.
√DMF Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake): 90 (goal in 86th) in 2-2 draw at Philadelphia. Next: Portland on Saturday.
√RMF-CMF Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes): 90 in 1-0 victory over Guingamp. Next: at Valenciennes on Sunday.
√CMF Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg): Last 40 in 2-0 victory over Odd. Next: at Bodo/Blimt on April 21.

— Contenders —

DMF Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union): 90 (goal in 90th) in 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake. Next: at New York on Wednesday, Houston on Saturday.
LMF-F Julian Green (Bayern Munich II): not in the 18 (shoulder injury) for 2-1 victory over Schweinfurt. Next: at Rain Lech on April 26.
LMF Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo): not in the 18 (ankle injury) for 2-0 loss at New England. Next: at Philadelphia on Saturday.
RMF-LMF Joe Corona (Tijuana): 66 in 1-1 draw at Tigres. Next: at Atlante on Saturday.

FORWARDS

√F Jozy Altidore (Sunderland): not in the 18 for 1-0 loss to Everton. Next: at Manchester City on Wednesday, at Chelsea on Saturday.
√F-LMF Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar): 68 in 1-1 draw with Nijmegen. Next: at Den Haag on April 27.
√F-LMF Eddie Johnson (D.C. United): 84 in 1-0 victory New York. Next: at Columbus on Saturday.
√F Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes): 90 (goal in 51st) in 1-1 draw with Columbus. Next: at Colorado on Saturday.

Dempsey’s late strike:

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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