American Top 30: Projecting Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup roster, 17th edition


Cesar Azpilicueta’s challenge on Jozy Altidore resulted in a penalty kick for Sunderland, which shocked Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. (By Mike Hewitt — Getty Images)

Juergen Klinsmann, on player selection status:

“Right now, we have a pretty good picture of our 28, 30 guys that are going to make that pre-roster and then we go from there. Some of them have to step it up in MLS. We were not so happy with [some] the last couple of weeks. Some Europeans have to keep the consistency now. Even some of them have to step it up. It’s still an on-going process but eventually when you get closer to that deadline, you make the call based on what you saw over the past weeks but also over the past 2 ½ years.”

KEY DATES

May 12: FIFA deadline to submit 30-man provisional World Cup roster.

May 14: U.S. players report to training camp at Stanford University. Klinsmann is likely to invite at least 25 players.

May 27: Azerbaijan friendly in San Francisco.

June 1: Turkey friendly in Harrison, N.J.

June 2: FIFA deadline to submit 23-man World Cup roster.

June 7: Nigeria friendly in Jacksonville.

June 8: Team flight to Sao Paulo.

June 16: Group G opener against Ghana in Natal, Brazil.

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Changes from last week: Maurice Edu overtakes Mix Diskerud in midfield. Terrence Boyd rejoins the 30, DeAndre Yedlin drops out. Movement among the midfield and defensive contenders.

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 14 MLS players, eight European-based players and one Mexican-based player on the flight to Brazil.

GOALKEEPERS

Tim Howard (Everton): 90 minutes in 2-0 victory over Manchester United. Next: at Southampton on Saturday.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa): 90 in 0-0 draw with Southampton. Next: at Swansea City on Saturday.
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake): 90 in 1-0 victory over Portland. Next: Vancouver on Saturday.

DEFENDERS

√CB Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City): 90 in 4-0 victory over Montreal. Next: at New England on Saturday.
√RB-CB Geoff Cameron (Stoke City): 90 in 1-1 draw at Cardiff City. Next: at Tottenham on Saturday.
√LB-RB-LMF Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim): 90 in 3-1 loss at Werder Bremen. Next: Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
√CB Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy): 90 in 2-2 draw at Vancouver. Next: at Colorado on May 3.
√CB Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes): 90 in 0-0 draw at Colorado. Next: Chivas USA on Saturday.
√LB-LMF DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla): first 40 (injured) in 2-1 victory at Pachuca. Next: Morelia on Sunday.
√RB-DMF Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders): last 23 in 2-1 victory at Chivas USA. Next: Colorado on Saturday.
√LB-RB Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew): 90 in 1-1 draw with D.C. United. Next: New York on Saturday.

— Contenders —

↑CB Tim Ream (Bolton): 90 in 0-0 draw at Charlton. Next: Leicester City on Tuesday, Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
↓CB Michael Orozco (Puebla): not in the 18 (leg injury) for 2-1 victory at Pachuca. Next: Morelia on Sunday.

MIDFIELDERS

√DMF-CMF Michael Bradley (Toronto FC): 90 in 2-1 loss at Dallas. Next: New England on May 3.
√CMF-F-RMF Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders): 90 (assist) in 2-1 victory at Chivas USA. Next: Colorado on Saturday.
√RMF Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City): 90 (assist) in 4-0 victory over Montreal. Next: at New England on Saturday.
√DMF Jermaine Jones (Besiktas): 90 in 1-1 draw with Fenerbahce. Next: Sivasspor on Sunday.
√LMF-CMF-RMF-F Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy): 90 in 2-2 draw at Vancouver. Next: at Colorado on May 3.
√DMF Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake): 90 in 1-0 victory over Portland. Next: Vancouver on Saturday.
√RMF-CMF Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes): 90 (goal in 31st) in 6-2 victory at Valenciennes. Next: Marseille on Friday.
√↑DMF Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union): 90 in 0-0 draw with Houston. Next: at Montreal on Saturday.

— Contenders —

↓CMF Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg): no match scheduled. Next: at Bodo/Blimt on Monday, at Orkla in Norwegian Cup on Thursday, Brann on Sunday.
LMF-F Julian Green (Bayern Munich II): no match scheduled. Next: at Rain Lech on Saturday.
↑RMF-LMF Joe Corona (Tijuana): 7 in 2-1 victory at Atlante. Next: Leon on Friday.
↓LMF Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo): not in the 18 (ankle injury) for 0-0 draw at Philadelphia. Next: at New York on Wednesday, Portland on Sunday.

FORWARDS

√F Jozy Altidore (Sunderland): 24 (drew controversial late PK; video) in 2-1 victory at Chelsea. Next: Cardiff City on Sunday.
√F-LMF Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar): no match scheduled. Next: at Den Haag on Sunday.
√F-LMF Eddie Johnson (D.C. United): 76 in 1-1 draw at Columbus. Next: Dallas on Saturday.
√F Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes): 90 in 0-0 draw at Colorado. Next: Chivas USA on Saturday.

 – Contenders –

↑F Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna): 90 (goals in 24th and 43rd) in 2-2 draw at Groedig. Next: Red Bull Salzburg on Saturday. (11 goals in 26 league matches, 16 in 34 overall)

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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