American Top 30: Projecting Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup roster, 19th edition


Jozy Altidore is cornered by Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic during Sunderland’s 1-0 victory at Old Trafford. (By Darren Staples — Reuters)

KEY DATES

May 12: Juergen Klinsmann likely to announce 30-man World Cup provisional roster.

May 13: FIFA deadline to submit provisional roster.

May 14: U.S. players report to training camp at Stanford University. Klinsmann plans to invite all 30.

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 9-14: Training at Sao Paulo FC.

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

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Changes from last week: Wondolowski scored twice. We like his sniping capability late in a World Cup match. He’s back in the 23.

Eye on: Timothy Chandler, the Nurnberg right back who is starting again after recovery from knee surgery; DeAndre Yedlin, Seattle’s young right back; and John Brooks, who is playing regularly at Hertha Berlin again.

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 on the flight to Brazil.

GOALKEEPERS

Tim Howard (Everton): 90 minutes in 3-2 loss to Manchester City. Next: at Hull City on Sunday.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa): 90 in 3-1 victory over Hull City. Next: at Manchester City on Wednesday, at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake): 90 in 3-2 victory at Chicago. Next: at Houston on Sunday.

DEFENDERS

√CB Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City): 90 in 2-0 victory over Columbus. Next: at Montreal on Saturday.
√RB-CB Geoff Cameron (Stoke City): 90 in 4-1 victory over Fulham. Next: at West Brom on Sunday.
√LB-RB-LMF Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim): 90 in 3-2 loss at Borussia Dortmund. Next: Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday.
√CB Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy): first 45 (knee injury; awaiting test results) in 1-0 loss at Colorado. Next: at Portland on Sunday.
√CB Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes): 90 in 3-2 loss at Vancouver. Next: Colorado on Wednesday, Dallas on Saturday.
√RB-DMF Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders): 90 (assist) in 2-1 victory over Philadelphia. Next: Dallas on Wednesday, at New England on Sunday.
√LB-RB Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew): 90 in 2-0 loss at Kansas City. Next: at Houston on Wednesday, Vancouver on Saturday.
√LB-LMF DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla): season complete.

— Contenders —

Tim Ream with Bolton player of the year trophy. (Bolton Wanderers photo)
Tim Ream with Bolton player of the year trophy. (Bolton Wanderers photo)

CB Tim Ream (Bolton): 90 in 2-2 draw with Birmingham City. Next: season complete.
CB Michael Orozco (Puebla): season complete.

MIDFIELDERS

√DMF-CMF Michael Bradley (Toronto FC): 90 in 2-1 loss to New England. Next: Vancouver in Canadian Championship on Wednesday.
√CMF-F-RMF Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders): 90 in 2-1 victory over Philadelphia. Next: Dallas on Wednesday, at New England on Sunday.
√RMF Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City): 90 (assist) in 2-0 victory over Columbus. Next: at Montreal on Saturday.
√DMF Jermaine Jones (Besiktas): last 65 in 2-1 victory over Kasimpasa. Next: at Elazigspor on Saturday.
√LMF-CMF-RMF-F Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy): 90 in 1-0 loss at Colorado. Next: at Portland on Sunday.
√DMF Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake): 90 in 3-2 victory at Chicago. Next: at Houston on Sunday.
√RMF-CMF Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes): 90 in 1-1 draw at Toulouse. Next: Saint-Etienne on Saturday.
√CMF Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg): 90 in 2-0 loss to Molde. Next: at Kolstad in Norwegian Cup on Wednesday.

— Contenders —

DMF Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union): 90 in 2-1 loss at Seattle. Next: D.C. United on Saturday.
LMF-F Julian Green (Bayern Munich II): did not play (shoulder injury) in 0-0 draw at Illertissen. Next: Memmingen on Friday.
LMF Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo): 85 (goal in 12th) in 4-1 victory at Chivas USA. Next: Columbus on Wednesday, Real Salt Lake on Sunday.
RMF-LMF Joe Corona (Tijuana): 22 in 3-1 loss at Toluca. Next: season complete.

FORWARDS

√F Jozy Altidore (Sunderland): 25 in 1-0 victory at Manchester United. Next: Swansea City on Sunday.
√F-LMF Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar): not in the 18 (minor ankle injury) for 1-1 draw with Feyenoord. Next: Europa League playoff vs. Heerenveen, home Wednesday and away Saturday season complete.
√F-LMF Eddie Johnson (D.C. United): not in the 18 (minor hamstring injury) for 3-2 loss at Portland. Next: at Philadelphia on Saturday.
√F Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes): 90 (goals in 45th and 2nd-half stoppage time) in 3-2 loss at Vancouver. Next: Colorado on Wednesday, Dallas on Saturday.

– Contenders –

Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna): 80 (goal in 34th) in 2-0 victory over Wacker Innsbruck. Next: at Ried 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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