Evergreen Park’s Brad Guzan makes U.S. roster; Landon Donovan out
BY BRIAN SANDALOW For Sun-Times Media May 22, 2014 11:19PM
United States forward Landon Donovan stretches with assistance from a trainer in preparation for the World Cup soccer tournament on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
U.S. World Cup Roster
The 23-man U.S. World Cup roster announced Thursday by coach Jurgen Klinsmann:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Tim Howard
(Everton, England), Nick Rimando (Salt Lake).
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla, Mexico), Matt Besler (Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Geoff Cameron (Stoke, England), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg, Germany), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle).
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes, France), Michael Bradley (Toronto), Brad Davis (Houston), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg, Norway), Julian Green (Bayern Munich, Germany), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas, Turkey), Graham Zusi (Kansas City).
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland, England), Clint Dempsey (Seattle), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose).
Group-stage round; all games on ESPN
• June 16 Ghana 4:30 p.m.
• June 22 Portugal 4:30 p.m.
• June 26 Germany 10:30 a.m.
Updated: May 22, 2014 11:32PM
Three players with Chicago-area ties will be part of the U.S. men’s national team that plays in the World Cup next month in Brazil.
They won’t be teammates with Landon Donovan.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Thursday announced the 23-man roster, trimming seven players from a camp in Palo Alto, California. He picked three goalies — including Evergreen Park’s Brad Guzan. Eight defenders, one of whom is former Fire star DaMarcus Beasley, will make the trip. Michael Bradley, the son of former Fire coach Bob Bradley, was one of eight midfielders selected for a roster that has four forwards.
“It’s an exciting moment when you have narrowed the roster down as a coaching staff and these 23 players that you’ve chosen can focus now purely on Brazil,” Klinsmann said in a release.
“We can go into more specific things about technical approaches and about the opponents. For the players, it’s very important to know that they are now part of it and they can relax and know they are on the list going to Brazil and taking it from there.
“After almost 10 days of work, we thought the point has come to make the decision.”
Opting to cut Donovan was the most stunning call.
Donovan, 32, played in the last three World Cups and has become the face of American soccer. He scored the winner in the United States’ dramatic 1-0 victory over Algeria that propelled them into the knockout stage of the 2010 tournament.
In a video posted by Major League Soccer, Klinsmann explained the decision, saying that Donovan’s disappointment is “huge” and that the star did “everything right.”
“This is certainly one of the toughest decisions … also toughest decision in my coaching career to tell a player like him with everything he’s done and what he represents, to tell him that you’re not part of those 23,” Klinsmann said. “I just see some other players slightly ahead of him.”
Donovan posted a statement on Facebook that read, “It has been an honor and privilege to have represented the US National Team in three World Cups. I was looking forward to playing in Brazil and, as you can imagine, I am very disappointed with today’s decision.”
The United States’ first World Cup match is June 16 against Ghana.