The United States Men’s National Soccer Team roster was announced by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann today, and with it came a whole lot of Terps. The 30 man preliminary roster features former Terps Maurice Edu, Omar Gonzalez, Clarence Goodson, and Graham Zusi, who will compete for an opportunity to play at the FIFA Wold Cup in Brazil next month.
Of the 30 players on the preliminary roster, 16 were former college players; of those 16, only Maryland had more than one representative.The four Terps leave Wednesday for Palo Alto, California where th pre-World Cup camp takes place. In the end, only 23 names will be selected.
The Americans first World Cup game is against Ghana on June 16th.
The four Terps are some incredibly solid pickups, however. Gonzalez was one of the more successful Maryland players, winning a College Cup in 2008 and now playing for the L.A. Galaxy after being the #3 pick in the ’09 MLS SuperDraft. He was the MLS rookie of the year in 2009, and while he just suffered a knee injury, Gonzalez has a good chance to earn a spot.
Maurice Edu, who played for the Terps from 2004 to 2006, is currently on loan from Stoke City to the Philadelphia Union. Edu also won the MLS Rookie of the Year award, and he has one goal for the USMNT in 46 apperances.
Clarence Goodson played for the Terps from 2000 to 2003, and is a veteran among the group. Goodson has registered five goals in 46 appearances with the USMNT, and currently plays for the San Jose Earthquakes.
Finally, Graham Zusi, who played for the Terps from 2005 to 2008 where he guided the team to two National Championships. Zusi is one of the more recognizable names on the roster, and plays for Kansas City in the MLS. He recently trialed with West Ham United in the English Premier League, and has two goals in 20 appearances for the USMNT.
Congratulatins to some impressive Terps!