American Top 30: Projecting Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup roster, 18th edition


A second own goal by his Everton teammates? Sorry, Tim Howard, but it’s true. (By Glyn Kirk — AFP/Getty Images)

KEY DATES

May 13: FIFA deadline to submit 30-man provisional World Cup roster.

May 14: U.S. players report to training camp at Stanford University. Klinsmann plans 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: With another two-goal performance, Terrence Boyd overtakes Chris Wondolowski. Mix Diskerud returns to the 23. He never should have left — my mistake. Maurice Edu goes back to contender status.

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 12 MLS players, 10 European-based players and one Mexican-based player on the flight to Brazil.

GOALKEEPERS

Tim Howard (Everton): 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Southampton (2 early own goals by teammates). Next: Manchester City on Saturday.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa): 90 in 4-1 loss at Swansea City (video of goal conceded from midfield). Next: Hull City on Saturday.
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake): 90 in 2-2 draw with Vancouver. Next: at Chicago on Saturday.

DEFENDERS

√CB Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City): 90 in 2-0 loss at New England. Next: Columbus on Sunday.
√RB-CB Geoff Cameron (Stoke City): 90 in 1-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur. Next: Fulham on Saturday.
√LB-RB-LMF Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim): 90 in 0-0 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt. Next: at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
√CB Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy): no match scheduled. Next: at Colorado on Saturday.
√CB Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes): 90 in 1-0 victory over Chivas USA. Next: at Vancouver on Saturday.
√↑LB-RB Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew): 90 in 1-1 draw with New York. Next: at Kansas City on Sunday.
√↓RB-DMF Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders): last 21 in 4-1 victory over Colorado. Next: Philadelphia on Saturday.
√↓LB-LMF DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla): not in the 18 (injured) for 3-1 victory over Morelia. Next: season complete.

— Contenders —

CB Tim Ream (Bolton): 90 in 3-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday. Next: Birmingham City on Saturday.
CB Michael Orozco (Puebla): not in the 18 (injured) for 3-1 victory over Morelia. Next: season complete.

MIDFIELDERS

Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey

√DMF-CMF Michael Bradley (Toronto FC): no match scheduled. Next: New England on Saturday.
√CMF-F-RMF Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders): 88 (goals in 47th and 52nd) in 4-1 victory over Colorado. Next: Philadelphia on Saturday. (7 goals, 2 assists in past 4 matches)
√RMF Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City): 90 in 2-0 loss at New England. Next: Columbus on Sunday.
√DMF Jermaine Jones (Besiktas): not in the 18 for 3-0 loss at Sivasspor. Next: Kasimpasa on Saturday.
√LMF-CMF-RMF-F Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy): no match scheduled. Next: at Colorado on Saturday.
√DMF Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake): 90 in 2-2 draw with Vancouver. Next: at Chicago on Saturday.
√RMF-CMF Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes): 90 in 1-1 draw with Marseille. Next: Toulouse on Sunday.
√↑CMF Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg): 90 (assist) in 5-2 victory over Brann. Next: at Sogndal on Thursday, Molde on Sunday.

— Contenders —

↓DMF Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union): 90 in 1-0 loss at Montreal. Next: at Seattle on Saturday.
LMF-F Julian Green (Bayern Munich II): did not play (injured) in 5-1 victory at Rain/Lech. Next: Seligenporten on Monday, Illertissen on Saturday.
RMF-LMF Joe Corona (Tijuana): 60 in 2-1 loss to Leon. Next: Quarterfinals vs. Toluca, Thursday at home & Sunday away.
LMF Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo): 79 (assist) in 1-1 draw with Portland. Next: at Chivas USA on Saturday.

FORWARDS

√F Jozy Altidore (Sunderland): in the 18, did not play in 4-0 victory over Cardiff City. at Manchester United on Saturday.
√F-LMF Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar): 60 in 2-1 loss at Den Haag. Next: Feyenoord on Saturday.
√F-LMF Eddie Johnson (D.C. United): 51 (assist; hamstring injury) in 4-1 victory over FC Dallas. Next: at Portland on Saturday.
√↑F Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna): 90 (goals in 15th and 84th) in 2-0 victory over Red Bull Salzburg. Next: Wacker Innsbruck on Sunday. (13 goals in 27 league matches, 18 in 35 overall)

 – Contenders –

↓F Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes): 90 in 1-0 victory over Chivas USA. Next: at Vancouver on Saturday.

Dempsey highlight reel:

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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