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Eddie Johnson omitted as Klinsmann names United States squad

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DC United star Eddie Johnson has missed out on the United States' preliminary squad for the World Cup.

The 30-year-old has scored 19 goals for his country, including four in qualifying, but head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has decided to look elsewhere.

The German preferred to choose San Jose Earthquakes man Chris Wondolowski, along with three forwards currently plying their trade in Europe - Jozy Altidore, Terrence Boyd and Aron Johansson.

Speaking to reporters, Klinsmann described his difficulty in leaving Johnson out, and revealed the Johnson wasn't helped by the presence of goal-scoring midfielders like Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey.

"Eddie Johnson took us to Brazil with his goals against Mexico, Panama and Antigua, but we only take six forwards into this 30-man roster," said the 49-year-old.

"I also see Landon Donovan competing for one of those spots. I see Landon not as a midfielder, but as a striker."

He added: "I always see Eddie's value and his strengths overall, and maybe he'll be the first one I call for after the World Cup, when we play Czech Republic in a friendly match.

"You have your roster limit and you have to make those unpleasant calls and decisions. I believe that as of today it's the right decision."

Johnson responded to the news on his Twitter page, posting: "Disappointed not to be joining my brothers at the World Cup, but [I] wish them all the best."

He made two appearances at the 2006 World Cup, but didn't make the cut for the final squad in 2010, despite being included in the preliminary group.

The former Fulham man joined United in December following a successful spell at the Seattle Sounders where he fired 23 goals in 49 matches, but he hasn't scored in eight games since moving to the capital.

Elsewhere, the Sounders' DeAndre Yedlin, Hertha Berlin's John Brooks and Bayern Munich's Julian Green add a youthful touch to an otherwise experienced roster.

Yedlin is also one of 15 Major League Soccer players in the group, compared to the nine who made Bob Bradley's preliminary squad for the last tournament in South Africa four years ago.

The 30 players will meet for a training camp at Stanford University campus on Wednesday, followed by friendlies against Azerbaijan, Turkey and Nigeria ahead of the big kick-off.

Klinsmann's full squad: Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Nick Rimando

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Timmy Chandler, Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Clarence Goodson, Fabian Johnson, Michael Parkhurst, DeAndre Yedlin

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Joe Corona, Brad Davis, Mix Diskerud, Maurice Edu, Julian Green, Jermaine Jones, Graham Zusi

Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Terrence Boyd, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Aron Johansson, Chris Wondolowski.


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