USMNT Report: The Greatest Hits Roster of 2014

USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann announces roster for the final game in 2014
by Herb Scribner   |   Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Hard to believe the World Cup year is coming to a close for the United States Men’s National Team.

On Monday, USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann announced his 25-man roster for the upcoming friendly against the Republic of Ireland. Here’s a look at the roster:

GK: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEF: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MID: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)

FWD: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

This USA roster is less of a mixed tape, and more of a greatest hits album of USMNT and domestic league players. While it’s great to see some of these bigger names back in a USA shirt, it’s clearly a step backwards for the USA to not feature too many new blood players. This roster doesn’t help prepare Klinsmann’s side too well for the future, as its still giving caps to players who are all but done in a USA kit.

It’s also not a roster that helps MLS. Stars like Jermaine Jones, DeAndre Yedlin and Lee Nguyen are in the thick of the MLS Cup playoffs, which means by the time they return to their clubs they’ll less fit as they would have been without the break. It’s great to see Nguyen get this call-up, since he’s easily been the MVP of the 2014 MLS season. But it’s unfortunate it comes at a time where the Revs need him at full strength to make a run at the MLS Cup.

This roster is mostly an ode to what went well in 2014. It’s hard to imagine against stars like DaMarcus Beasley, Jones, Chris Wondolowski and Kyle Beckerman getting shots in preparation for the 2018 World Cup. So, in a way, this is all a send-off for those players — a goodbye to the first four years of the Klinsmann era.

Still, there’s a lot to be hopeful for. Other than Nguyen, it’ll be good to see Miguel Ibarra get another shot with the USA. This match will also be telling of how successful players like Jordan Morris and Bobby Wood will be, since neither have yet to impress and show they’re capable of being USMNT staples.

It’s been a fun and busy year for the USA, and now comes the time to say goodbye until 2015. Being so, it’s fitting that this roster — though certainly a step backwards and a poor way to get the new cycle underway — is the one Klinsmann ends the year with.

NEXT UP: November 14 — Friendly: United States vs. Colombia, Craven Cottage, London, England. 2:45 p.m. EST, ESPN.


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SN managing editor and award-winning journalist, Herb has always been known as "The Soccer Guy" wherever he goes. He's a leftback in most outdoor and indoor leagues. He also writes for Deseret News National.