U.S. men’s national team announces 30-man roster

United States men’s national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has his 30-man preliminary roster for the World Cup in Brazil, and Central Florida native Graham Zusi is among the 30 players selected.

Klinsmann’s 30 includes long-time US stars Clint Dempsey, Damarcus Beasley and Landon Donovan, as well as Michael Bradley, Kyle Beckerman and Jozy Altidore.

All-in-all the US’s 30-man roster consists of three goalkeepers, 11 defenders, 10 midfielders and six forwards.

The true surprise from the roster announcement is the exclusion of forward Eddie Johnson, who scored five goals in 17 appearances for the Red, White & Blue last year. Brek Shea was another one of the notable names not to make the 30-man roster.

One up-and-coming name that did get the nod from Klinsmann is 18-year old Tampa-born forward Julian Green, who only in late March made his commitment to the United States over Germany.

Klinsmann will now work with the selected 30 for three weeks before the June 2 deadline, where he will have to cut the roster down to the final 23 men who will travel to Brazil.

The U.S. men’s national team will now report to Sanford University on Tuesday to being their month-long training for the World Cup.

Zusi and the boys will play three friendlies in the lead up to Brazil, starting with a match against Azerbaijan on Tuesday, May 27 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif. with another game on June 1 against Turkey at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.

The Stars and Stripes will finish their pre-World Cup tour on June 7 against Nigeria at Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. That will be the first game the squad will play with the final 23-man roster in place, as well as the last match before The Yanks travel to Brazil to participate in their 13th World Cup.