United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann named a 30-man provisional squad on Monday, but will have to refine his roster to 23 names ahead of the 2014 World Cup—which kicks off next month in Brazil.
That means trimming seven players from his current group by FIFA’s June 2 deadline.
As he has brought just three goalkeepers into the fold, Klinsmann would seem to be comfortable with each of Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) and Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), which means all seven cuts will be made among the defenders, midfielders and forwards.
Over the next few slides, we’ll suggest the players the former Germany international should leave behind. We’ll name names, and we’ll conclude with what we think the final 23-man squad will look like when it’s submitted.