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Jurgen Klinsmann announces final USA squad for the World Cup

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If you're a fan of the United States Men's National Team, then your Twitter and Facebook are probably blowing up right now.

But that's probably nothing compared to what Jurgen Klinsmann's phone is doing. With the release of the USMNT's 23-man roster for the World Cup, there was at least one big shock that has set the American footballing world alight.

To start, the US squad includes 10 players who are currently active in MLS. That's almost enough to field an entire XI and is a strong testament to how far the American domestic league has come. Yet Klinsmann has managed to bring plenty of experience, as only four players have less than 10 caps.

The shift seems to be toward a team that can play at a high tempo, with plenty of quick midfielders and forwards. At the back we'll see DeAndre Yedlin, who is one of the quicker right-backs in the game and possibly the relief that the United States have been seeking in that position.

In the clearest sign that the USMNT is focusing on progress, Landon Donovan was axed. In his place, Johansson and Wondolowski will all be playing alongside the more established Dempsey and Altidore.

There are many questions about whether Donovan's omission is the best thing for the US. Reactions have been mixed, but it's generally safe to say that American football fans are in complete shock.

Overall, it appears that Klinsmann is going with a mix of youth and experience, much like his counterparts in other corners of the globe. He's brought in strength, muscle, and discipline at the back and several attacking threats up front. Whether opting for this particular mix of players will be fruitful or a disaster remains to be seen.

The USMNT 23 man roster will be: Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

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