USMNT: 5 Bold Predictions about Klinsmann’s World Cup 2018 Roster

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Jul 1, 2014; Salvador, BRAZIL; United States goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Despite being nearly four years away from the next World Cup, it is never too early to start predicting what Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT roster may look like. If he has made one thing clear, it is that he has no problem challenging his players by forcing them outside of their comfort zone.

For instance, Mix Diskerud has been played at a more defensive role in the midfield recently with the intention of making him a better two-way player. Klinsmann may not see Mix as the future No. 6 of the team, and he may very well see him as the future No. 10, but regardless of position, the long-haired midfielder needed to add some grit and toughness to his game.

With all of that said, predicting the 2018 roster is absolutely impossible. There will likely be names that have yet to surface headed to Russia as a part of the final 23-man roster. In addition, a household name or two may completely fall out of favor by then. If passing on Landon Donovan didn’t prove that Klinsmann is a “what have you done for me lately?” type of coach, then nothing will.