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Some USA players may miss start of World Cup training camp

Training camp could start with 24 players, not 30.

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Jurgen Klinsmann hoped to have all 30 players from his World Cup preliminary roster in Palo Alto, CA on May 14 for the start of training camp, but it's not going to happen. He will get all 30 players into camp, but some of them may be late.

Aron Johannsson looks likely to be late because of AZ Alkmaar's participation in the Eredivisie playoff for a Europa League place. AZ won the first leg, 3-0, and if they hang on to advance past Heerenveen, Johannsson won't be able to join the U.S. until May 17 or 18, after the final.

Timothy Chandler may also be late for camp, if he is invited, because Nurnberg are in 17th place right now and if they climb one spot to 16th, they'll have relegation playoffs to play. The relegation playoffs likely would not until until May 17 or 18 as well, ruling him out of training camp until then. If Nurnberg stay in 17th place, they will be automatically relegated and Chandler will be able to join the U.S. for the start of camp.

MLS players whose clubs have matches on May 14 are likely to be allowed to play in those matches, meaning they would not join the team until May 15. Sporting KC and the Philadelphia Union play on the 14th, which could delay Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Maurice Edu. The Vancouver Whitecaps, Montreal Impact and Toronto FC all have Canadian Championship matches that night too, although it is unclear whether Michael Bradley would even play in a cup match so he may be able to join on the 14th anyway.