Quakes’ Wondolowski, Goodson named to preliminary U.S. World Cup roster 

click to enlarge Chris Wondolowski scored a goal against Mexico in April and was named to the preliminary World Cup roster on Monday. - RICK SCUTERI/AP
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  • Chris Wondolowski scored a goal against Mexico in April and was named to the preliminary World Cup roster on Monday.

A pair of Earthquakes were named to the United States men's soccer 30-man preliminary World Cup roster on Monday by coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Chris Wondolowski, who played at De La Salle High School in Concord, and Clarence Goodson will be part of the 11 defenders, 10 midfielders and six forwards who will be evaluated during a two-week training camp that opens Wednesday at Stanford. Klinsmann must submit a 23-man roster to FIFA by June 2, and most teams take eight defenders, eight midfielders and four forwards.

Wondolowski has nine goals in 19 games with the national team, while Goodson has made 46 appearances with the national team and has played in two of the Americans' three matches this year.

In a sign Klinsmann is unsettled on his defense a month before the World Cup, the Americans selected the mostly untested trio of John Brooks, Timmy Chandler and DeAndre Yedlin.

Chandler, a speedy right back with Nuremberg in Germany, made his U.S. debut in 2011 and balked at playing in 2012 qualifiers. He has not appeared for the Americans since February 2013, when he made his first competitive appearance at Honduras in the opening match of the final round of qualifying.

I think he's a player who can make a difference if he's on his highest level," Klinsmann said.

Yedlin, a 20-year-old right back, has made just two international appearances, as a late second-half substitute this year in exhibitions against South Korea and Mexico. Brooks, a 21-year-old central defender, made his debut in August and has just three appearances, in exhibitions against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Austria and Ukraine.

Klinsmann also selected 18-year-old winger Julian Green, who made his national team debut last month. He is among a group of German-Americans on the roster that includes Brooks, Chandler and Fabian Johnson, midfielder Jermaine Jones and forward Terrence Boyd.

Klinsmann omitted several veterans, a group that includes forward Eddie Johnson and midfielder Sacha Kljestan.

The Americans play exhibitions against Azerbaijan on May 27 at San Francisco; Turkey on June 1 at Harrison, New Jersey; and Nigeria on June 7 at Jacksonville, Florida. They travel the following day to their base camp in Sao Paulo.

At the World Cup, they open against Ghana on June 16 at Natal, face Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal six days later in the Amazon rain forest city of Manaus and close the group stage against Germany on June 26 at Recife.

"The goal is to try to get out of the group, which gives you the opportunity to get to the knockout stage," said Clint Dempsey, the U.S. captain, "and then the knockout stage anything can happen."

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