Jurgen Klinsmann announced his provisional squad on Monday with several new players added to the roster.
One of the exciting new additions is the AZ striker Aron Johannsson who has shown lots of promise scoring 26 goals in all competitions for the Erdivisie club this campaign.
Missing the cut is Eddie Johnson, who has seen his name taken off with speculation that his poor form this season at his new club could be a reason for that.
One thing i’ve noticed is how many players from overseas or in foreign leagues have graced the roster and not just the usual heavy MLS influence. Klinsmann has not been afraid to give new players a chance at proving their talent and it has paid off with the likes of Beckerman and several others making an impact on qualifying. The USA for the first time has a real identity and will make some noise in the World Cup. The yanks may not have a star studded roster like many of the tournament favorites do but if theirs one thing they do have is heart and a love for drama that always makes the USA one of the most exciting teams to watch.
Squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
-Disgruntled Sports Fan