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Chris Klute, Shane O'Neill Return To Rapids From USMNT Camp

Neither Chris Klute nor Shane O'Neill will be with the US Men's National Team when they play South Korea on February 1st.

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The hopes of seeing either Shane O'Neill or Chris Klute getting shock call-ups to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup might have taken a hit. Jurgen Klinsmann named a 22-man roster to continue on in camp heading into the friendly against South Korea on February 1st, and neither O'Neill nor Klute made the cut.

Both players were call-ups to January camp, and both participated in a 'dry run' to Brazil that saw the USMNT head to the home of this year's World Cup to check the facilities ahead of the tournament in the summer. There's no guarantee that either will be out of the running for more minutes with the Yanks before the tournament starts, but this is certainly a blow to the two's chances of getting their World Cup careers started sooner rather than later. Klute, especially, was a surprising exclusion after lots of speculation that he would be able to sneak into a role at fullback, arguably the weakest position on the US team.

In addition to the two Rapids defenders, Sporting KC fullbacks Seth Sinovic and Chance Myers along with Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall were sent back to their MLS clubs. Micheal Parkhurst, who recently signed with the Columbus Crew, was called up to bolster the defensive ranks with those five departing.