Jurgen Klinsmann will be releasing the US roster for this summer's Gold Cup any day now. The 35-man preliminary roster was released a few weeks ago, though it will have to be cut down to 23.
Spoiler alert, I project that Landon Donovan will get a call-up.
Worth thinking about:
1- Klinsmann will have a chance to see Donovan in a national team setting and gauge how he leads the team, especially the younger players. It's also a good setting to get Donovan acclimated to the US locker room, from which he's been absent for months.
2- A slew of the US' internationally-based players will probably not earn call-ups. Players like Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, and Tim Howard likely need to take a breather. Besides, some of them will need to report to their club teams for preseason.
3- If Carlos Bocanegra wants back in, the Gold Cup will probably be his only remaining chance to prove himself with the World Cup about a year away.
4- Klinsmann will no doubt be experimenting with his team during the Gold Cup given that the group he plays will widely be regarded as his B-team. But he'll have the same patience, or lack thereof, with his players. If Chris Wondolowski, and other players in a similar situation, get call-ups, they'll need to produce.
5- What has Benny Feilhaber done to show that he deserves a call-up?
6- Of all the Revolution's players, Juan Agudelo has the best chance of earning a call-up.
My projected roster:
GK: Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Nick Rimando (Salt Lake), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
D: Damarcus Beasley (Puebla), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg), Matt Besler (Kansas City), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Carlos Bocanegra (Santander), Clarence Goodson (Helsingborgs)
M: Graham Zusi (Kansas City), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Brek Shea (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsingborgs), Kyle Beckerman (Salt Lake)
F: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Jack McInerny (Philadelphia), Heruclez Gomez (Santos Laguna), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo).
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