BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, February 4, 2013
The United States national team is set to open their final round of World Cup qualifying on Wednesday against Honduras and Jurgen Klinsmann has finally names his 24 player roster.

The roster contains few surprises but also includes new faces that were not part of the team last year during the first phase of World Cup qualifying.

In central defense, Geoff Cameron and Carlos Bocanegra are the likely starts but Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler have also earned a spot on the team after impressing in recent seasons in MLS. In the fullback positions, Steve Cherundolo is injured but he is likely to be replaced in the starting lineup by Timothy Chandler who could be cap-tied with an appearance on Wednesday.

In the midfield, Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones are the most prominent players in central midfield but it is unclear who will start in the wide positions. Graham Zusi is the leading contender on the right side and on the left side Jose Torres could see minutes.

At forward, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore are two of the U.S team's most recognizable players with Altidore in the midst of a breakout season with AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie.

The U.S team has struggled to get to this point and the team needed a win against Guatemala on the final game of the previous round to advance. Honduras, however, defeated Canada 8-1 in their last World Cup qualifier.


Guzan, Brad Aston Villa (England)
Howard, Tim Everton, (England)
Johnson, Sean Chicago Fire (MLS)


Besler, Matt Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Bocanegra, Carlos Racing Santander (Spain)
Cameron, Geoff Stoke City (England)
Castillo, Edgar Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Chandler, Timothy FC Nurnberg (Germany)
Evans, Brad Seattle Sounders (MLS)
Gonzalez, Omar Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Johnson, Fabian Hoffenheim (Germany)
Parkhurst, Michael Augsburg (Germany)


Bradley, Michael AS Roma (Italy)
Davis, Brad Houston (MLS)
Edu, Maurice Stoke City (England)
Jones, Jermaine Schalke (Germany)
Kljestan, Sacha Anderlecht (Belgium)
Torres, Jose Tigres (Mexico)
Williams, Danny Hoffenheim (Germany)
Zusi, Graham Sporting Kansas City (MLS)


Altidore, Jozy AZ Alkmaar (Holland)
Dempsey, Clint Tottenham (England)
Gomez, Herculez Santos Laguna (Mexico)
Johnson, Eddie Seattle Sounders (MLS)
Monday February 4, 2013 8:34 pm
I thought that Beckerman had a decent game against Canada and was finally starting to show value as a def-mid. After all the times his play shouldn’t have earned him a slot on the next roster, I’m surprised that he finally goes down after his best MNT performance to date. JK has invested a lot with Beckerman so maybe he’s being grounded for a more attack-minded roster?

Defense is as solid as we can field right now.

This roster feels safe but maybe too conservative. Chandler will bring some speed down the RW and add needed dimension to our game. Would have been nice to throw in Gatt too. I’d love to see him run at defenders and get in Honduran heads. Without wide options and field-stretching dimension up top (Dempsey, Altidore and Gomes don’t bring that) I’m afraid we’ll bog down in the middle among our small army of central midfielders once again. Torres and Zusi have both shown an ability to get lost on the left and right.

With what we have…

Dempsey- Gomez/Altidore
Torres/F. Johnson-Bradley-Zusi
Castillo- Bocanegra- Cameron " Chandler

I’d start Gomez over Altidore. His work rate up and down the pitch (definitely not Altidore’s game) will help us win control of what’s going to be a very physical match.

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