5 Recent US National Team Players Who Won't Be on 2014 World Cup Roster

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterNovember 1, 2012

5 Recent US National Team Players Who Won't Be on 2014 World Cup Roster

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    At this point, any predictions about any roster at the 2014 FIFA World Cup is pure guesswork.

    Even so, as we count down the months to the tournament in Brazil, we can start to anticipate which players will or will not make Jurgen Klinsmann's final United States roster for the Cup (assuming, of course, that Klinsmann remains in charge until the summer of 2014).

    With that in mind, here are our choices for five players who recently played for the U.S. but won't make the 2014 World Cup roster.

    Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section.

DaMarcus Beasley

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    Most recent cap: Aug. 15 at Mexico, international friendly (1-0 win)

    Club: Puebla (MEX)

    DaMarcus Beasley's return to the national team was an inspirational story surrounding the United States' historic win at Mexico in August.

    Beasley won't, however, remain in the picture.

    Manager Jurgen Klinsmann has enough options on the midfield flanks, and though Beasley brings plenty of experience with 97 caps, he's too far down the list to be considered a legit option for the 2014 World Cup.

    Beasley played a starring role in the Americans' run to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup, and along with Landon Donovan he once ranked among the most important U.S. internationals of his generation.

    But at age 30 (he'll be 32 during the World Cup), Beasley is running out of time with the national team.

Kyle Beckerman

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    Most recent cap: Sept. 7 at Jamaica, World Cup qualifier (2-1 loss)

    Club: Real Salt Lake (MLS)

    Holding midfielder Kyle Beckerman struggled through his most recent performance for the United States, the disappointing 2-1 loss at Jamaica in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

    Beckerman, who made four other appearances for the U.S. in 2012, was left out of the lineup for the final three qualifying matches. Moving forward, manager Jurgen Klinsmann seems to have enough options in central midfield without calling up Beckerman again.

    Danny Williams has emerged as a strong candidate for the starting role, and despite the backlash against Jermaine Jones and his yellow-card-happy style, he also figures to be a strong bet for the World Cup roster.

    That doesn't leave much room for Beckerman.

Michael Orozco Fiscal

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    Most recent cap: Aug. 15 at Mexico, international friendly (1-0 win)

    Club: San Luis (MEX)

    Michael Orozco Fiscal, whose parents hail from Mexico, scored the winner in the United States' historic 1-0 victory at Mexico in August. He was an unlikely candidate to do so.

    Orozco Fiscal, 26, has won five senior caps with the U.S., and the Mexico match was his lone appearance in 2012.

    The U.S. defense is an aging unit. Captain Carlos Bocanegra is 33, as is starting full-back Steve Cherundolo. Even so, Orozco Fiscal's name is too far down the pecking order to consider him a decent bet for the World Cup roster.

Alan Gordon

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    Most recent cap: Oct. 12 at Antigua and Barbuda, World Cup qualifier (2-1 win)

    Club: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

    Alan Gordon, a 31-year-old San Jose Earthquakes forward, is another heart-warming story. The veteran earned his first senior cap in October after years of largely anonymous toil in Major League Soccer.

    In this case, "earned" is the correct word. At 6'3", Gordon serves as a big, strong target man, and he has good ball skills for a man of his size.

    But that doesn't mean he'll go to the World Cup.

    Jurgen Klinsmann dropped Jozy Altidore for the most recent round of World Cup qualifiers, but it's highly unlikely that the 22-year-old AZ Alkmaar striker will remain away from the team for long.

    Altidore is Gordon's most direct competition for a spot on the team, but the rest of the forward line is crowded as well.

    Eddie Johnson, another player with an inspirational story, returned to the team recently after a long hiatus and contributed significantly in two appearances. Herculez Gomez and Terrence Boyd also have at least decent chances to make the roster.

    And we haven't mentioned Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey, both of whom could be considered either forwards or midfielders on the roster.

    For Gordon, it all adds up to a decidedly long shot at a World Cup spot.

Sacha Kljestan

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    Most recent cap: Oct. 16 vs. Guatemala, World Cup qualifier (3-1 win)

    Club: Anderlecht (Belgium)

    Sacha Kljestan, 27, made three appearances for the United States in 2012. A regular under Bob Bradley, Kljestan has fallen out of favor under current manager Jurgen Klinsmann.

    Kljestan's recent performances suggest that Klinsmann might want to take another look. Popular opinion backs Kljestan as well: He is currently ranked No. 15 in the ASN 100, a ranking of U.S. players.

    Whether Klinsmann is wrong or right about Kljestan, it's unlikely Kljestan will head to Brazil with the national team. Unless, that is, something changes during the final round of qualifying.