I've shamelessly lifted this from the Big Head & Red Head (Twellman and Alexi) podcast. (Which was really good this week... you can find it on the ESPN Radio app...)
Here's the 18 from the first game of the hex in 2009.
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 15-Heath Pearce; 8-Clint Dempsey, 4-Michael Bradley, 16-Sacha Kljestan (13-Ricardo Clark, 86), 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 10-Landon Donovan, 11-Brian Ching (9-Jozy Altidore, 83)
Subs not used: 18-Brad Guzan, 6-Jonathan Bornstein, 14-Danny Califf, 17-Jose Francisco Torres, 12-Marvell Wynne
Only 12 of that 18 made the final roster in 2010.
Which 12 from tomorrow's roster are you CERTAIN to be on the plane to Brazil in 16 short months?
Here are my 12:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Sean Johnson
DEFENDERS (9): Matt Besler, Carlos Bocanegra, Geoff Cameron, Edgar Castillo, Timmy Chandler, Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Fabian Johnson, Michael Parkhurst
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley, Brad Davis, Maurice Edu, Jermaine Jones, Sacha Kljestan, Jose Torres, Danny Williams, Graham Zusi
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez, Eddie Johnson