Skip to comments.World Cup: Jurgen Klinsmann explains surprise snub of Eddie Johnson from USMNT roster
Posted on 05/14/2014 12:11:01 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
When a confident, 22-year-old Eddie Johnson first stepped onto the field in Germany in 2006, few could have guessed that it would be his final shot at playing in the World Cup.
But that idea became a striking reality on Monday, when US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann surprisingly left the D.C. United forward and resurgent USMNT star off the team's preliminary 30-man roster for the World Cup in Brazil.
There were other snubs as well Brek Shea, Sacha Kljestan and even Tim Ream made their cases to be included in this weeks camp at Stanford University but no name loomed larger than the 30-year-old Johnson, who enjoyed a career year with the USMNT in 2013.
He scored five goals in 17 appearances with the team last year and provided valuable goals in World Cup qualifying matches against Panama and Mexico. He earned Klinsmanns praise for his athleticism and durability.
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USA World Cup 30-man squad: Eddie Johnson out, Julian Green in
"Obviously, I feel like here were more of a pressing, hardworking team, and we can press the ball high up the field and win balls, be good in that area and break in our attacking half. Whereas in Seattle and no disrespect to the guys that are here I felt like I didnt have to run as much because we had better guys that had more quality on the ball. I feel like the styles are completely different.
The USMNT head coach has largely gone with the tried and tested players who guided the team through qualifying.
Bayern Munich's Julian Green made the 30-man roster,
Mr Scolari coached Portugal's national team from 2003 to 2008. The allegations are believed to be connected to his time there.