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As with any roster, the exclusions bring about as many questions as those who made the roster.
At goalkeeper, Steve Clark, who was the 2012 Norwegian Goalkeeper of the Year, has as much, or more, potential as Bill Hamid or Sean Johnson. Dan Kennedy and Luis Robles are also probably better choices than Hamid or Johnson.
Both Hamid and Johnson have potential, but both were also far too inconsistent with their clubs in 2012.
In terms of defenders, Austin Berry, who won 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year honors, has shown the potential to become a very solid center-back. Considering this is the USMNT’s weakest position, why isn’t he being given a look?
Clarence Goodson has struggled with the USMNT in his last few appearances and may have finally played his way off the roster permanently. However, if that is true, why were Edson Buddle and Kyle Beckerman included as they have also repeatedly proved they are not quality internationals?
While depth at outside-back is not as dire as it was just 18 months ago, Sean Franklin, Kofi Sarkodie and Corey Ashe enjoyed solid MLS campaigns in 2012. Franklin, Sarkodie and Ashe also look to have bigger upsides than several of Klinsmann’s choices at outside back.
In the midfield, Freddy Adu, who many believe still has plenty to offer, seems to deserve (or not deserve) a spot just as much as Benny Feilhaber.
Nick Deleon had an outstanding 2012 MLS campaign and has a much bigger upside than many of the midfielders Jurgen Klinsmann called in.
Other omissions in the midfield include Conor O’Brien, who enjoyed a standout season in Denmark and Dax McCarty who was solid this year with the New York Red Bulls. Surely, both O’Brien and McCarty deserve a look more than Kyle Beckerman.
At forward, C.J. Sapong, while unlikely to make any of the hexagonal rosters over the next year, has as much or more ability and upside than Edson Buddle.
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