Klinsmann names 23-man World Cup roster, internet explodes

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In the middle of the...late afternoon...U.S. boss Jurgen Klinsmann named the 23 guys he'll be taking to Brazil. And Landon Donovan wasn't on it. And the internet exploded.

There's really not much sense in getting into it with some kind of fancy intro. Here's what you came here for:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): 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 (8): 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 (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

That's the squad Klinsmann is bringing to Brazil.

At first blush, it's a bit of a shock that Landon Donovan is left off the team. Yeah, Donovan isn't playing particularly well with the LA Galaxy and he's not the player he was in 2002, or even 2010, but he's still useful. If you're going to judge players purely on form, why  bring Jozy Altidore at all? That's unthinkable, isn't it?

DeAndre Yedlin is another surprise, at least for me. Why bring a fullback who has a hard time playing defense?

Chris Wondolowski is another one. He was great in last year's Gold Cup, but against teams like Cuba and Belize, hardly footballing powerhouses. You won't find anyone upset about Wondolowski's inclusion, but some confusion, sure.

Julian Green is sort of surprising, too, but you could see that one coming. If you're a conspiracy theorist, Klinsmann gave Green a ticket to Brazil in exchange for Green's filing his switch. If you're not, he's a player a lot of people are high on, and U.S. Soccer wants to get him experience on the world's biggest stage.

But probably the biggest shock is the timing. The roster was made public in the middle of the afternoon with no warning. Yeah, there was no date set for a roster unveiling, but you think U.S. Soccer has more media savvy than that.

Anyway, it sent Twitter into quite the tizzy, sometimes with hilarious results.

Oh, and for those wondering: Altidore, Tim Howard and Michael Bradley all spent time with either the Red Bulls or the MetroStars.

Feel free to discuss the roster in the comments.

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