Jurgen Klinsmann shocked the nation when he released his 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Thursday, and although some may not agree with the departures, seven players were headed home for one reason or another.
Five of the seven players ply their trade in MLS and will thus be returning to their perspective clubs immediately. All of them should be available, though not guaranteed to play, as soon as this weekend.
- Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
- Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders)
- Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union)
- Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes)
- Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew)
Since we're in the middle of a MLS Fantasy double-game week, none of these players are available for transfer for the current round. However, if you kept Evans, Edu, Goodson or Parkhurst on your team while they were away at camp, these four players could be used as subs. Donovan is the only one who is not available because LA has already played a game this week.
Looking ahead, these five players will be essential to their teams' success and all should be up for consideration – some more than others – when decide how to shape your roster for future rounds.
Just missed the boat on a nice DGW in Round 12 and will now likely be without striker Robbie Keane for the next couple rounds. Can he be the player he's been for the majority of his decorated career and carry LA over the next couple weeks? Absolutely.
- Round 13 – at Chicago
- Round 14 – vs Chivas
Sigi Schmid will be happy to have Evans back with a couple tough matchups coming up vs. RSL and Chicago, but without any huge offensive/defensive numbers to show for his efforts this season, that versatility doesn't make him a particularly desirable fantasy option. Not yet, at least.
- Round 13 – vs Real Salt Lake
- Round 14 – at Chicago
Could partner up with Amobi Okugo in central midfield and wreak havoc on the opposition at both ends of the field. We've seen him run the show before, and at just over $8.5m, he could be a nice sleeper option in Round 13.
- Round 13 – at Chivas USA
- Round 14 – vs Vancouver
Has a couple winnable road games against two teams who have had their struggles, but nobody should be investing in San Jose at the moment.
- Round 13 – at Dallas
- Round 14 – at Toronto
Defenders Giancarlo Gonzalez and Waylon Francis are currently away on international duty with Costa Rica, so while Crew fans may have wished he was on the plane to Brazil, they'll gladly welcome him back with open arms.
- Round 13 – at Toronto
- Round 14 – vs RSL, at D.C. United
Parkhurst is the only returning US international with an upcoming DGW, so you should definitely considering adding him to your team sometime within the next two weeks. Other than that, Donovan has a very favorable matchup against Chivas in Round 14 as does Edu (Round 13).
Which US international will help their team the most by returning home? Will Landon be able to carry the Galaxy without Keane? Can Edu help the Union get on the score sheet consistently?
Tell us which player you think will be most important to their club's success over the next few weeks in the comments below.