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5 Surprise Omissions from the USA World Cup Squad

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2014

5 Surprise Omissions from the USA World Cup Squad

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    On Monday, United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann unveiled his preliminary roster of 30 for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

    Although he did add seven extra players to the squad, which will be trimmed to 23 after the June 1 friendly with Turkey, Klinsmann left some key players out. 

    A few of the players left on the outside looking in were in good form, but they just didn't have enough time to impress Klinsmann, and two other players failed to show enough consistency to be named to the 30-man squad. 

    Here is a look at the five biggest omissions from the United States 30-man squad. 

Eddie Johnson

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    The exclusion of D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson was the biggest surprise when the roster was released Monday. 

    Johnson, who appeared in the 2006 World Cup and was a late roster cut in 2010, was expected to be named to the preliminary roster, but his form at the club level ultimately cost him.

    The always outspoken forward played a vital part in the qualification process for Brazil, but with zero goals in eight games and other forwards hitting their stride, there was no room left for Johnson. 

Tim Ream

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    Tim Ream's surge in form came a bit too late for the 26-year-old to be seriously considered for Brazil.

    The Bolton Wanderers defender had a terrific season in the Championship for the Trotters, but he did not find himself on the national team's radar until the beginning of 2014. 

    Ream earned a call-up to the side for the Ukraine match in March, but he withdrew from the squad due to the birth of his child. 

    Had he earned the chance to impress Klinsmann in person during live play, Ream may have been handed a spot on the 30-man roster, although he was always on the outside looking in for the final 23-man squad. 

Danny Williams

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    Another United States international that had a strong season in the English second division was Danny Williams. 

    The German-born defensive midfielder burst on to the scene in 2011, and he has earned 13 appearances for the Yanks since. 

    Williams moved to Reading this season and had himself a decent year, but his form was not enough to mask a few rough showings at the international level.

    He also was hurt by Maurice Edu's comeback and Kyle Beckerman's consistency at the defensive midfield position in his attempt to make the trip to Brazil. 

Brek Shea

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    Brek Shea has been on the bubble of the United States national team picture for a few years now, but he has delivered in clutch scenarios when given the opportunity. 

    The most memorable moment of Shea's young international career is his game-winning goal in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup final against Panama. 

    Since then, the 24-year-old winger has not been able to break through on a consistent basis at the club level with Stoke City

    Shea did shine when he was on loan at Barnsley, but he was sent back to Stoke early in his loan spell after an altercation with fans. 

    By failing to pick up playing time in the final stretch of the season, Shea had no time to convince Klinsmann to name him to the roster. 

Benny Feilhaber

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    Benny Feilhaber always had a slim chance of making the 30-man roster, but out of all the snubbed players, he was in the best form. 

    The hero of the 2007 Gold Cup never got a chance under Klinsmann during the qualification process, which is one of the reasons why he probably was never included in the roster discussion.

    Despite the lack of attention from Klinsmann, Feilhaber was catching the eyes of many in Major League Soccer thanks to his resurgence with Sporting Kansas City

    The 29-year-old, who was born in Brazil, has been in great form in the midfield for the defending MLS Cup champions, and he would've also brought a ton of experience with him. 

    Had he been named to the roster, Feilhaber would've been given a chance to prove that he could be a spark off the bench, just like he was for Bob Bradley in South Africa. 

     

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