Just for the fun of it, I have constructed a 23-man U.S. World Cup squad with players cut from training camp, not invited to training camp, injured or, in the case of the goalkeeper, retired from international soccer more than eight years ago. What it reveals is unprecedented depth in the American player pool. This squad, of course, is not as good as Juergen Klinsmann‘s crew headed to Brazil, but would it have earned an automatic berth or the playoff slot from CONCACAF’s hexagonal?
Goalkeeper: Brad Friedel (Tottenham Hotspur), Bill Hamid (D.C. United).
Right backs: Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).
Left backs: Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana).
Center backs: Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Tim Ream (Bolton), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday).
Defensive midfielders: Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Danny Williams (Reading).
Right-side midfielders: Joe Corona (Tijuana), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake).
Left-side midfielders: Brek Shea (Stoke City), Jose Torres (Tigres).
Attacking midfielders: Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Stuart Holden (Bolton).
Forwards: Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Juan Agudelo (Stoke City).