Alejandro Bedoya, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Stuart Holden, Sacha Kljestan, Robbie Rogers, and Jose Francisco Torres.
Two players, Donovan and Bradley, are guaranteed to be starting at midfield in June. Dempsey will also start, but he could move up top instead of playing on the wing. The biggest question; who starts alongside Bradley in the middle?
It's a crowded field with Edu, Feilhaber, Clark, Kljestan and Torres vying for the position.
Edu and Clark are the two most qualified of the players who have actually started. Though defense is his strength, Edu also provides more offense than Clark.
However, Clark has more experience starting for the national team, is a Bradley favorite, and is currently getting playing time in the German Bundesliga.
Both will make the squad.
Feilhaber will also make the team. He provides creativity in the middle and could be a good compliment to Clark, allowing Bradley and Edu to focus a little more on their defensive strengths.
Torres is a super-sub quality player. He provides a good spark off the bench and can make things happen. He can also, if needed, swing outside and play wing midfielder. He’ll also be in South Africa.
Kljestan will be the odd-man out from this group.
After a hat-trick against Sweden in January 2009, a lot of people thought Kljestan had arrived. Being a guy that Bradley had coached with Chivas USA, Kljestan received every opportunity to solidify that role.
However, he never reached that form again. He struggled mightily for both club and country, even getting temporarily benched with Chivas last summer.
Kljestan is looking better as of late, but it’s just too little too late at a very crowded position.