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USMNT Roster: Johnson called up; Magee snubbed

Jurgen Klinsmann's roster for upcoming friendlies against Scotland and Austira has been released. Sean Johnson is getting called up again while Mike Magee is left behind.


Jurgen Klinsmann has called a 23-man roster for the US Men's National Team's upcoming friendlies against Scotland and Austria. Sean Johnson was named in the roster and will be making the trip to Europe, but that is not a big surprise. Johnson has been getting called up regularly and most likely will be in Brazil next Summer.

The bigger news (for Fire fans at least) is the omission of Mike Magee from the roster. After having the biggest season of his career and nearly winning the Golden Boot, Magee still was not able to make it on to the roster.

Magee's snub from the USMNT roster is an unfortunate situation. The US has a lot of depth at the forward position, and it is hard to argue that Kilinsmann should bump any of the forwards he has in favor of Magee. Jozy Altidore is the best forward on the National Team, regardless of the fact that he is trapped with Sunderland as a club team. Terrance Boyd and Aaron Johannsson are both playing in Europe and have both been on incredible hot streaks. The only way Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson would have been left off the roster is if the Seattle Sounders did not get knocked out of the playoffs.

The only player Magee could possibly supplant is Chris Wondolowski. On the one hand, Wondolowski has been the hottest goal scorer in the MLS over the past couple of seasons. Most people consider 2013 a down year for Wondolowski even though he managed to score 11 goals.

On the other hand, Wondoloski's international form has not been as good. In nearly three years of international appearances he was finally able to break his goal-less streak this summer in a friendly against Guatemala. So far Wondo has netted 6 goals in 15 appearances for the USMNT, which can be considered a little inflated thanks to a hat trick against Belize and a brace against Cuba.

Magee still has a chance at potentially making the roster this winter when the USMNT holds camp in January, but the chance is pretty slim. With the World Cup in Brazil being so close, Klinsmann is probably not going to be experimenting with his roster; instead, he will most likely be calling the usual suspects to get them tuned up for the World Cup.

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