Chelsea defender axed from international squad for summer showpiece; Tottenham wideman makes the cut

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The United States have released their final 23-man squad for this summer’s Copa America, with Jurgen Klinsmann having cut down his provisional list.

Perhaps the most surprising inclusion in Klinsmann’s selection is Borussia Dortmund’s wonderkid midfielder Christian Pulisic, who makes the cut despite only having one international cap to his name.

The 17-year-old has clearly impressed the German manager after making his debut against Guatemala earlier this year, and has made nine Bundesliga appearances so far this season, scoring two goals.

While Pulisic has the privilege of representing the States on home soil at this summer’s Copa America Centenario, there is no such luck for Matt Miazga.

Jurgen Klinsmann

The Chelsea centre-back—who moved to Stamford Bridge from New York Red Bulls earlier this year–is one of 17 players to have been cut from Klinsmann’s original 40-man long list, with the likes of Jozy Altidore, Brad Evans and Mix Diskerud also missing out.

Tottenham Hotspur right-back DeAndre Yedlin makes the cut after his fine performances for a resurgent Sunderland in recent months, while high-profile names like Tim Howard, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey also feature.

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Goalkeepers: 1-Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), 12-Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), 22-Ethan Horvath (Molde IK)

Defenders: 5-Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), 3-Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), 6-John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), 20-Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), 21-Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), 23-Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), 14-Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham)

Midfielders: 15-Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), 4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), 13-Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), 16-Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), 10-Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), 17-Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), 19-Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

Forwards: 8-Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), 18-Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), 7-Bobby Wood (Hamburg), 20-Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

Cut from 40-man long list: GKs David Bingham, Nick Rimando; DFs Kellyn Acosta, Ventura Alvarao, Edgar Castillo, Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Eric Lichaj, Matt Miazga, Tim Ream; MFs Mix Diskerud, Ethan Finlay, Alfredo Morales, Lee Nguyen, Danny Williams; FWs Jozy Altidore, Jordan Morris

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