Out of the midfield pool on the provisional roster, Alejandro Bedoya, Mix Diskerud, Josh Gatt, Stuart Holden, Brek Shea, Jose Torres and Landon Donovan (listed as a forward) seem like the no-brainers.
Bedoya has been in fine form with Helsingborg, and Diskerud and Gatt are widely considered two of the U.S. team's top youth prospects.
However, both Diskerud and Gatt may face Europa League and Champions League qualifier conflicts, and may have to miss the Gold Cup.
Although Holden was a part of the May/June camp, he has specifically asked not to be given a break this summer after successive knee surgeries have kept him largely out of action for the past two years.
Brek Shea has been recovering from multiple injuries and may finally be ready to join the team after having to drop out of the May/June camp. Jose Torres, who used to be a Klinsmann favorite, but now struggles for call-ups, appears to already be on the squad, according to roster leaks posted on Twitter on Tuesday.
Donovan also appears to have already made the roster, with similar leaks posted on Twitter yesterday.
After Donovan’s extended off-season hiatus and exclusion from the May/June camp, this is a chance for him to work his way back into the national team picture.
Of the remaining midfielders on the provisional roster, Graham Zusi will likely be given a break after extensive duty with the team in May and June. Joe Corona, Kyle Beckerman and Brad Davis were also on the roster for May and June, but none saw extensive playing time and all may be called up again. This tournament could be a big opportunity for Corona, especially, to show what he can do for a U.S. team that has often lacked a creative spark in the midfield.
Benny Feilhaber was called in for the team’s January camp, but has been in and out of the lineup for Sporting KC this year. He also tends to function as the type of central creative midfielder that Klinsmann seems to have prefer not using, although Feilhaber proved in the Bob Bradley-era that he can also be a productive player out wide.
Notable exclusions from the provisional roster include Joe Gyau, Maurice Edu, Danny Williams, Alfredo Morales and Conor O’Brien.
Gyau is a speedy youngster who was called up but not used in last November’s Russia friendly. Edu and Williams were both dropped from the U.S.’ May/June camp, Edu due to injury, Williams due to lack of fitness. However, the Gold Cup would have seemed a perfect opportunity for both to have worked their way back into the conversation about who should start in the U.S. midfield.
Morales and O’Brien are promising youngsters seeing some success in Europe, and could have used the camp to prove their worth to the full squad.