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Brazil 2014: The battle for a spot in the USMNT

Brazil 2014: The battle for a spot in the USMNT

Posted by Liliana Castaño on April 24, 2014

With each passing weekend, and each set of matches around the world, the U.S. national team depth chart keeps on shifting like a volatile stock market. One week, a certain player might have an edge over his competition at a set position. The next week, an injury or benching or even a standout performance by a competitor can lead to the reversing of roles, with the hunter becoming the hunted in the quest for places on the U.S. World Cup team.

As we laid out last week, there is serious competition for invitations to the U.S. national team’s pre-World Cup training camp, and some of the battles for the final places are coming down to the wire.

When Klinsmann convenes the 25-28 player roster for the pre-World Cup camp at Stanford University, he will obviously have a nucleus of players who have been locks for some time, while also wanting to incorporate some players coming in playing at top form. Those players riding the momentum wave into the squad could provide Klinsmann a surprise option or two for the final 23-man World Cup squad.

Here are some head-to-head battles that might be taking place on Klinsmann’s U.S. depth chart, and which players have the edge with three weeks to go before the national team reports for pre-World Cup camp:

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