Like Si said...seems pretty clear the selection is based on who we play...and I think a bit on 2018. Look at the squad players on this team. Brooks, Yedlin, Green, Diskerud...These are sub 21 year old guys, and in 4 years should all be starting 11 players for the USMNT.
Strait up, I think Yedlin starts at least one match in the group stage. Most likely vs Portugal or Ghana.
Donovan is being talked about a lot for being left out...but I think the writings been on the wall for a long time. The Cambodia thing was the start. That and he hasn't scored a pro goal since October 2013...He's not the same player he was, and Klinnsman hasn't, and won't pull punches when it comes to his squad.
I think Evans was a bit hard-done to be left out...maybe thats just my Sounder Bias...but he hadn't conceded a goal from his flank with the US team...not in the Hex, not in the Gold Cup. He's done everything asked of him...I think fitness was the main concern for him.
Parkhurst and Goodson were always on the outside looking in IMO. Better backs were available, healthy, and willing. Not shocked they got left out.
Edu has been hard-done since the Algeria game in 2010....Ever since that goal has been wrongly disallowed his entire football career has been in the toilet. He's either been off form, racially abused by Rangers fans, playing for Stoke, and now racking up losses with Philadelphia...Not surprised he's been left out. Beckerman's consistency made him expendable.
Carona and Boyd got beat out by Wondo...and Wondo deserves in. Has something like 76 goals over 4 years in MLS. That's as consistent as it gets. Dude finds the net. He's not the most talented forward. He's not the biggest. Not the strongest. But Wondo just gets it done. Great positioning. Great poacher. I have faith Wondo can get us a goal when our backs are on the wall.
Again, Devestated for Evans. He's worked so hard for this and came up short. Wish this weekends match was at home. I think Sounders fans want to show him how proud of him we are. He could use a 40,000 person hug right now.
The only thing I don't get from this roster...and I mean the ONLY thing I dislike about it...Timmy Chandler....I just don't get it. He's played SO poorly with the nats...and just seems lost. I don't rate him as a player at all. Odd inclusion to me.
I think we have a different back 4 for each of the group stage games. Backs will be swapped out often.