ASN Morning Read: Introducing Germany's 30
One of the United States' group opponents unveiled its preliminary roster with some major surprises; Omar Gonzalez is hurt but should be good to go for camp; The U.S. falls in the FIFA rankings.
Germany announced its preliminary 30-man roster for the World Cup and there were some surprises. The average age of the team is 24.8 years and six players in the squad haven’t been capped. “We need young dynamic players like those who perhaps only recently played themselves into contention,” manager Joachim Low said. “They can inject fresh impetus into the side.”
May 09, 2014
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Mario Gomez, who has missed most of this season with injuries, won’t be going to Brazil. On the other hand, Sami Khedira is in the team even though he’s just now returning from a November ACL tear. Go figure.
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The U.S. fell one spot to 14th in the May FIFA World Rankings.
Omar Gonzalez is out “anywhere from a week to two weeks,” according to Bruce Arena.
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