Seven players who reported to Stanford's Farm will not make the trip to Brazil in a USMNT kit. These players will be giving it their all for the next two-three weeks but will be cut from the team in the end.
The competition for those seven spots, we hope, will give the final 23 players an edge as they head into the penultimate group of death (Group C has higher average Soccer Power Index ratings).
Because the effort made by these seven players will improve the 23-man team that actually travels to Brazil, the effort these seven will put into preparing their mates can be viewed as a giving and generous sacrifice.
In short, they are munificent, the Munificent Seven.
Before we speculate on who the Munificent Seven will be, let's take a moment to recognize Mr. Munificent, Eddie Johnson. The MLS forward tied DeMarcus Beasley for most USMNT appearances in 2013 with 17 while scoring several key goals for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Nevertheless, Klinsmann left Johnson off his roster citing Johnson's poor form in 2014. EJ will not be going to the World Cup Finals so the least we can do is recognize his prior sacrifice getting the Nats to the finals.
Now, which players will comprise the Munificent Seven?
As there are many ways to cut this particular pie, we'll take a look at various scenarios, any of which, or many of which, carry a kernel of truth.
The players in these scenarios could, could, find themselves the odd man out. Some of these players are a bad training session, a temper tantrum or a bad attitude away from staying home. Others will need to pick up a knock or show some really poor form to find themselves dropped.
One or two are extreme outsiders for the Munificent Seven, but if Klinsmann can leave GAM at home, there seems little doubt that he is capable of pulling another shocker. The Untouchables, however, will be conspicuous by their absence in the following scenarios.
As reports leak out of Klinsmann's Farm camp and the U.S. plays a couple of friendlies, we'll update these lists. For now, consider these lists nothing more than fantastic speculation and water-cooler fodder.