U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann didn't wait around until the team's next game on June 1, and went ahead and named his 23-man team today for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Surprisingly, it did not include Landon Donovan, who has been the face of the team for the past three World Cups and is the all-time leading scorer for the U.S., despite taking a sabbatical last year for four months.
"I was looking forward to playing in Brazil and, as you can imagine, I am very disappointed with today's decision," Donovan wrote on his Facebook page.
Meanwhile, the list of players includes 10 from Major League Soccer, while the following players just missed the cut:
Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana /Mexico), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna /Austria) and Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy).
"It's an exciting moment when you have narrowed the roster down as a coaching staff, and these 23 players that you've chosen can focus now purely on Brazil," Klinsmann said. "We can go into more specific things about technical approaches, and about the opponents. For the players, it's very important to know that they are now part of it and they can relax and know they are on the list going to Brazil and taking it from there. After almost 10 days of work right now, we thought the point has come to make the decision."
The U.S. will be facing Azerbaijan on May 27 in an international friendly and it was expected that he'd wait until at least after the June 1 game against Turkey.
Below is the full roster as named today:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England), Tim Howard (Everton/England), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/Germany), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg/Germany), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/Germany), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/France), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/Norway), Julian Green (Bayern Munich/Germany), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas/Turkey), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/England), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
The U.S. will open up its group play against Ghana on June 16 in Natal, Brazil.