Besler, Zusi included on preliminary USMNT 30-man roster

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Matt Besler and Graham Zusi said they got the official news that they’d made the 30-man preliminary roster for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team via email on Saturday. The roster still needs to be shaved down to 23 players by the team goes to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.

Other defenders including John Brooks, Timmy Chandler and DeAndre Yedlin are also among the 30 players selected by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Midfielder Julian Green, who made his national team debut last month, and forwards Terrence Boyd and Chris Wondolowski also are among the players picked who will try to earn spots at the Americans’ pre-World Cup training camp, which opens Wednesday at Stanford, California.

Klinsmann must submit a 23-man roster to FIFA by June 2.

Among those left off Monday were defender Tim Ream; midfielders Sacha Kljestan, Brek Shea, Jose Torres and Daniel Williams; and forwards Herculez Gomez and Juan Agudelo.

Half the players are from Major League Soccer, with four each from England’s Premier League and Germany’s Bundesliga.

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