Brooks, Donovan and Johannsson among players called up to USMNT World Cup qualifying squad

USMNT starting eleven


U.S. Men’s National Team newcomers John Brooks and Aron Johannsson headline a strong squad called in for the team’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers vs. Costa Rica and Mexico.

U.S. stars Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Landon Donovan and Jozy Altidore lead the squad as it attempts to secure qualification to the 2014 World Cup.

The Americans are riding a 12-match winning streak into the upcoming qualifiers, and several of the key contributors during that winning streak headline the group called in.

Clarence Goodson, Sacha Kljestan, Michael Parkhurst, Jose Torres, Terrence Boyd and Joe Corona were among the players left out of the squad for September’s qualifiers.

Here is the full squad:


GOALKEEPERS– Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Nick Rimando

DEFENDER– DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Edgar Castillo, Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Michael Orozco

MIDFELDERS– Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Graham Zusi

FORWARDS– Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Aron Johannsson, Eddie Johnson


The U.S. travel to San Jose, Costa Rica to face the ‘Ticos’ on Sept. 6th before returning to the United States to face Mexico in Columbus, Ohio on Sept. 10th.

What do you think of the roster? Who are you happy to see make the team? Who are you disappointed to see miss the cut?

Share your thoughts below.

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449 Responses to Brooks, Donovan and Johannsson among players called up to USMNT World Cup qualifying squad

  1. ThaDeuce says:

    Goodson not even called in!

  2. pgloerse says:

    Can we get a situation where the play is called Johnson to Johannson to Johnson.

    • SoundersOff says:

      World will fall off its axis.

    • Indigo Montoya says:


    • Nick4235 says:

      In the words of Sir Ian Darke at the WC but Johnson style… (Sean Johnson, Fabian Johnson, Eddie Johnson and Aron Johansson)

      Johnson, distribution brilliant. Johnson bring it forward for the USA. Can they do it here?!? To Johansson. Centers it. And Johnson is denied again and Johnson scores!!!! Goal Goal USA!!!! Oh it’s incredible.

      (Something along those lines…Sean Johnson being Tim Howard, Fabian being Donovan, AJ being Altidore, and EJ being Dempsey.)

    • Gary Page says:

      I would say, Don’t get your Johnson caught in a ringer over this. I’m already sorry I wrote that.

    • Tony in Quakeland says:

      Come Play With Our Johnsons!

    • Joe+G says:

      Preferably against Jamaica which has at least one Johnson in the squad.

  3. HoboMike says:

    Goodson was a pretty huge omission for me, not because I rate him (I don’t) but because he played so well in the GC.

    • EspinDOHla says:


    • KingGoogleyEye says:

      Undoubtedly it was Brooks who edged him out. Omar may not have played as well as Goodson recently, but JK clearly expects Omar to have a real future with the team.

      There are really only 3 CBs on this squad: Matt Besler, John Brooks, Omar Gonzalez. True that Geoff Cameron and Michael Orozco *can* play CB, but JK seems more interested in using them as utility players who can fill multiple positions off the bench. It’s an intriguing alternative to the usual strategy of bringing 4 CBs.

      • joshw says:

        Yep. And if by WC time Williams or Edu has edged out Beckerman, then you probably don’t need both Cameron and Orozco because your back up #6 can play in the back line also. That creates a spot for another midfielder like Shea, who I think would be handy to bring on as a late sub if you need a goal.

        • KingGoogleyEye says:


          Beckerman out/Williams in (or maybe Edu)
          Orozco out/Shea in

          Intriguing. Of all those moves, the only one I think JK is really keen on is making sure he has Shea on his team. And he keeps Cameron no matter what.

  4. bryan says:

    can’t wait to see this team play. little bummed that corona got left back. also surprised to see castillo. if we get enough points to qualify, lichaj better get a shot in october. no more excuses.

  5. Bear Klein says:

    Why no Clarence Goodson he is better than Michael Orozco

  6. HoboMike says:

    Does Klinsi start Brooks to get him cap-tied? Can’t see him accepting a call-up just to ride the pine, no?

  7. Hush says:

    I would have liked Corona instead of Zusi.. I’m glad Goodson was left out. Although I would take him before Gonzo. Brooks & Orozco are my back line choices.

    • Zac says:

      Besler has been our best CB, no way he’s lost his starting spot yet. I see Brooks as a late sub.

      • Shaggie96 says:

        You don’t sub centerbacks in WCQs unless there is an injury. My guess is if Brooks plays he starts in CR where it won’t kill us if we lose. JK has a track record of taking chances on players in games that aren’t must wins.

        • bryan says:

          you do if the CB is JAB and you want to cap-tie him because he won’t be at the mexico game. certain circumstances dude. i would bet on him coming on as a late sub. maybe even he starts.

          • brian says:

            I agree. Even if the game is tight I would bet the house Klinsmann plays him and ends the discussion now. I think it is a good sign that JB even accepted the invite as the implication of any WCQ is inherent that it will forever tie you to a country. This fact certainly was in his mind earlier this year when he declined both invitations and repeated the feat again for Bosnia. I am quietly getting ready to pop the cork on adding a CB for whom the sky is the limit and could conceivably be in a US uniform for 4 World Cups. (See how far ahead of myself I am?)

          • Shaggie96 says:

            Yeah, the circumstance he comes in as a sub is if we’re down or up 2 goals. No way a sub gets wasted on a CB if the game is close. He either starts or waits till October in my opinion. My bet is he starts.

    • Seamus says:

      This post makes no sense to me. Corona instead of Zusi? Why? Zusi was consistently one of the best in the last round of WC qualifying and easily provided the best service into the box. What has Corona done to elevate him above that? I’m fine with Goodson being left out, though I liked his strong GC. But then you say Brooks and Orozco for CB? What? Neither has shown more than Besler, who, IMO, is the clear #1 at this point. And Besler/Gonzo in the back is still undefeated in WC qualifying.

      Corona above Zusi – Brooks & Orozco above Besler/Gonzo. It’s like the last time we were playing meaningful A team games has been forgotten.

  8. Zac says:

    Does Donovan start?

    • Tony in Quakeland says:

      Considering he is the most in form attacking player we have at the moment, he’d better.

  9. Jeff says:

    Think it’s a solid roster that should be capable of getting the results.
    Somewhat surprised to see the inclusion Orozco and Bedoya/Diskerud at the expense of Goodson and Kljestan.

    • Hogatroge says:

      I’m surprised at Kljestan’s omission from this roster especially.

      1.) Our top 3 CMs (Bradley, Jones, Cameron) are on YCs in a match with a card happy ref.

      2.) Kljestan played very well against Bosnia and continues to tear it up at the club level.

  10. nick says:

    Yanks abroad tweeted earlier that Brooks is leaving before the Mexico game, does anyone know why?

  11. Dudester says:

    Bedoya beats out Corona Shea is not ready due to gametime and fitness.Bekcerman over Klejstan and Torres.Goodson has gone the way of Bocanegra.

  12. Benny Dargle says:

    Should we read much into the position designations? Fabian Johnson was listed at midfield for Bosnia, but started at left back, right? I’m just thinking if Dempsey and Donovan are both slotted at forward, someone is going to be left on the bench.

    • Hogatroge says:

      Dempsey and Donovan at FWD while Jozy sits? Are you taking crazy pills?

      Donovan or Deuce will probably be played out of position on the wing, but Donovan would be more effective there than Clint would.

      • louis z says:

        I think LD is in better form that Dempsey but I think LD and AJ will be coming as subs, Bedoya is going to start as RW.

  13. Raymon says:

    That should do. And more bacon it is then.

  14. bryan says:


    i would bank on something like that.

    • TheFrenchOne says:

      that’s it, and the only question is either JAB or Omar starting next to Besler

    • Hogatroge says:

      Besler’s the only CB with a YC. Why would he be the lock to start?

      • Duracell says:

        Agreed. I think Besler is held out of the first game so he can start against Mexico. I would bet we’ll see JAB in his place at Costa Rica.

      • away goals says:

        Have we ever benched a player for being on a yellow? You play your best XI. No sense in a self-imposed suspension.

      • bryan says:

        because he’s the starting CB. i don’t think JK is going to base his starting XI on that. he still has options for the Mexico game. i just don’t see him doing it.

      • louis z says:

        He will start, if he gets another yellow he will sit the Mexico game. I think the Brooks comment that he may go back to Germany after the CR game is IF AND ONLY IF Besler doesn’t get a yellow, if he does, I believe Brooks will start in his place vs Mexico. That is my hunch.

  15. wandmdave says:

    I missed it how was ESPN’s coverage?

    • HoboMike says:

      Wasn’t terrible. They had Klinsi on to interview him.

      Bottom line – it’s good news for soccer in this country if they are televising the announcement for rosters for a WCQ.

      • EspinDOHla says:

        Agreed it’s good news. Has the roster release even been televised?

        But the bad news is that the actual game (v. Costa Rica) is on a random channel that few folks have.

    • SoundersOff says:

      Wouldn’t know, they advertised it as ESPN SportsCenter and it was actually on ESPN News–a channel so few people get.

    • brian says:

      The coverage was well done. They committed seven minutes to the announcement with Keller live via satellite and Klinsmann live via phone simultaneously. They announced the Forwards and mids first, had a brief discussion, then announced the defenders. Keller and Klinsmann both did a good job, as did the anchors. I wish we would have heard from Klinsmann more, but overall it was solid.

    • Gary Page says:

      They also had on Kasey Keller for comments. However, it was a pretty short segment and not a whole lot of discussion from anyone.

      • Tony in Quakeland says:

        Would liked to have seen them ask Kasey what he really thought once Klinsmann was off the phone. I’m sure he would have had some opinions to share.

        • Hogatroge says:

          Like what?

          This is a silly comment. I doubt Kasey Keller really cares which fringe player was left off in favor of another fringe player.

          • Tony in Quakeland says:

            It is not in the least silly. You don’t think he might have some opinions about who to start and where? He’s not going to get into a back and forth with JK, but Keller is a smart guy. I would like to here what he has to say. Frankly, I have no notion why you think it was silly…

          • randy says:

            Who cares what Keller thinks.

        • Steve Wise says:

          Keller has been working part-time as JK’s goalkeeping coach. He’s not gonna say anything differently whether or not JK is present.

      • wandmdave says:

        Beggars can’t be choosers I guess but it does piss me off when they say they are going devote some time to something soccer related and then its a bunch of fluff. I missed the announcement because I was sitting on ESPN instead of ESPN News and they were discussing minute intricacies of the NCAA’s ruling on Manzel (I’m sure I butchered the spelling) and comparing it to other rulings and all kinds of crap. That alone lasted like 15 minutes. Then when soccer comes up they just announce a quick fact or two and then cut to something else and forget about it entirely. Gotta start somewhere I guess but judging by the summaries I’m guessing I would have been disappointed. Maybe do it on ESPNFC so some analysis can be done at least?

  16. b Shurley says:

    Who all is carrying a yellow card into the Costa Rica match

  17. John says:

    Really surprised to see Diskerud and Beckerman over Kljestan. With all of Klinsmann’s talk about playing Champions League football, maybe it’s not all that important to him after all. I thought Kljestan came on and looked pretty good in Bosnia as well.

    • KingGoogleyEye says:

      You misread Klinsmann. He said, “Champions League football (asterisk).”

      The asterisk means, “with an ‘important’ club.”

  18. Dudester says:

    It’s either


    • Dudester says:

      FJ instead of Beas on the second one

      • EspinDOHla says:

        Love Beas but think Dudester’s got it right.

        Or I could see FJ and Beas starting on the left with Donovan on the bench and then a sub that for Beas, moves FJ back to LB and Donovan on the wing???

        • randy says:

          Thankfully you are not the coach !!!! :)

          • EspinDOHla says:

            You think JK will just put LD back in the starting 11 after not being with this WCQ group since last fall? I don’t know man. I know LD did great in the Gold Cup, etc etc and I would sure have the guy in there but that doesn’t seem like Jurgen’s M.O….especially in regards to Donovan.

    • Shaggie96 says:

      I think the first one is right. Donovan will on Evans’ side because Donovan will be pushing high more often than F. Johnson on the left. Beasley will overlap a lot more. Also, I think Brooks starts for Gonzo in CR.

      • Dudester says:

        I think Beas will start at LB for the time being.Hopefully not in Brazil though.By that time we will hopefuly have found someone to play LM so FJ(the only player I trust at LB) can play defense.Those players can be Shea Donovan or even Johansson.

    • Gary Page says:

      I know Klinsmann likes Jones and will start him. Although I have backed J Jones against some criticism here in the past, I really think we would be better off with
      Cameron taking his spot because I fear J Jones won’t keep his cool and will get at least one yellow and it could be worse.

      • Dudester says:

        All for Bradley and Cam playing in friendlies before Brazil.Not during WCq’s though.Better stick with what we know in JJ and Mike no expirementing in important games.

  19. Ryan says:

    Is Tim Chandler injured? Something is up if he continues to not play for us.

    • Jordan says:

      Nope. Just that he just started only one game for Nurnberg.

    • Gary Page says:

      He got cap tied when he played in Honduras so it’s not like he is holding out for a call up from Germany. I think he just hasn’t been playing well enough to get the call from Klinsmann.

    • Tony in Quakeland says:

      Nonetheless, I continue to be concerned that we have only one natural full back on the roster.

      • Ryan says:

        I just got word from my journo friend who freelances for USMNT, Serie A, Bleacher Report, and Bundesliga is that Klinsy isn’t happy with Tim because of his snubs, and has therefore decided to exclude him from the national team. In the long run, who knows if he’ll come back to the fold, but my source said that Juergen has no plans to call him up anymore.

    • louis z says:

      yes he is…in the head!

  20. Jordan says:

    Brooks could start seeing as he’s going back to Berlin . Glad to see LD back. Johannsson to get cap tied. Demps back in.Looking like FJ will stay as that LW/LM.

  21. USMNT Fan says:

    Anybody else surprised that Orozco and Castillo beat out Corona and Goodson?

    • biff says:

      Not surprised at all that Castillo and Orozco got called in, but I was wrong on Brooks.

      link to

    • SoundersOff says:

      Not really.

      Corona was not competing for any of those spots. He was competing against the only available midfield spot–the one Donovan took.

      Goodson is interesting, but I think it might be that with Brooks and Cameron and Gonzalez–Klinsmann has the tall CBs he is looking for.

    • Shaggie96 says:

      I thought Orozco looked fantastic in the GC, I wasn’t sure why Klinsi went with Goodson instead, but the fact that he did does make this surprising. Not surprised about Castillo, JK clearly likes him (although he likes Corona too) and he is left-footed.

    • nick says:

      plus Orozco can play RB if needed. He provides some nice versatility on the back line and played very well at the GC too, like goodson…. and getting into MEX heads too obviously lol

    • PD says:

      Am I surprised?
      Orozco, not really — he’s proven very effective agains El Tri in the past.
      Castillo, yes, but considering FJ is listed as a midfielder it makes sense.

      I’m more disappointed about Beckerman getting called above Kljestan, and I bet RSL fans are, too. Unlike a lot of folks, I don’t wail and gnash my teeth at his callups, but I feel that with Cameron and Jones we’re pretty much covered at the #5 and Kljestan brings an element of possession that Dred lacks. Plus, he missed a lot of club time for the Gold Cup.

  22. Gary Page says:

    I would have made only one change–Corona instead of Diskerud. The reason is that it will be tough for Diskerud to come from northern Europe to playing in Costa Rica. Secondly, with the game against Mexico, Corona and the other Mexican League players will be familiar with the Mexican players and will have experience playing against most of them. Finally Corona has experience playing in South America in very hostile environments during the Copa Liberatadores.

    • Dudester says:

      Since Corona plays wide with the US, he was beat out by Bedoya who’s coming from France.Diskerud took Torres’s spot.

  23. Dudester says:

    Clearly Bacon and Brooks aren’t going to start.Brought in to get aquainted with the squad/system.Down the road Brooks will get a chance to start and Bacon a chance at one of the wide spots.

  24. AC says:

    Not too much of a surprise considering the regulars will play, with Donovan now added to the mix. But, seeing Goodson omitted with his familiarity and ability to give depth is a surprise.

  25. biff says:

    Doesn’t it seem sane and sensible for Klinsmann to discard his big secrecy routine and name the roster before the final weekend of games ahead of a USMTN camp? I just gotta ask the question: All you guys who were defending Klinsmann the past year, saying it made perfect sense for him to wait until Monday afternoons to name the roster, don’t you feel kinda stupid now? Come on, admit it.

    • SoundersOff says:


      Nothing changed. ESPN just wanted to do a segment and had this time slot before COLLEGE FOOTBALL starts.

      You see so many conspiracies man. Who cares when the roster is released.

    • HoboMike says:

      I couldn’t care less when the roster is released. You do realize that the people who are called up were informed before the public, right?

    • Gary Page says:

      The US has a historic 12 game winning streak. As long as they stay unbeaten, Klinsmann can name the roster any time he wants as far as I’m concerned.

    • biff says:

      lol. You heard it here, folks, from bona-fide USMNT fans. Who cares when the roster is released :-)

    • GW says:

      Why is this an issue? Are betting on the roster composition?

      The so called early roster releases are useful to the gambling industry.

      The players and their clubs get sufficient notice to make arangements.

      Otherwise consider it like getting to open a Christmas present. Getting it too soon spoils the anticipation.

      I don’t care if they ever release the roster.

  26. Dominic says:

    Starting XI I would send out..

    Zusi is coming off the injury and bedoya looked solid against psg. Cameron getting the starts at full back for stoke. With fj pushing forward that left side will be nasty.

    • alocksley says:

      I think this is what we will see, unless JK pushes FJ up to the wing and slots in Beasley.

    • biff says:

      Just about what I would pick, and I would be happy to see this line-up Fabian and Cameron as fullbacks. Speaking as Jones fan, I’m not sure. He has been weak lfor Schalke. So I might go with this.

      ———-bradley—Beckerman or Mix—–

      • Dominic says:

        Did you see his quality on the pass for shalke’s goal against paok? Can’t see beckerman starting, period. I feel comfortable with Cameron as rb and jones as cm and Beasley on the wing is not happening. Only other line up I could see happening is what alocksley said.

  27. Wondowlowski says:

    Well, isn’t this roster just a bunch of crap.

  28. alocksley says:

    Is this the first time JK has had just about everyone available to him, including Donovan and Dempsey? He must be salivating. So many attacking options… Something we haven’t been able to say about a US team before.

  29. El Paso tx says:

    Castillo, orozco, Beasley, Bedoya,Johnson wtf :)

  30. Bac says:

    In the event things get “chippy” (entirely plausible) and yellow cards start flying, does JK have the option to bring in other players for the Mexico game?
    What about if these articles are true, that Brooks will miss the Mexico game, can his spot be replaced?

    I never know these rules

    • StevieBob says:

      What article says that Brooks will miss the Mexico game?

    • alocksley says:

      It’s not a tournament. He can bring in anyone he wants.

    • b Shurley says:

      After looking at the match reports here are the 9 players carrying a card.
      Howard, Besler, Cameron, Evans
      Bradley, Jones, F Johnson
      Dempsey, Altidore

      Like you said I would hate to see Besler or Cameron get a card and have to miss the Mexico match AND Brooks leaving early…..This could put us in a bind. Makes you wonder if you sit some of those guys for Costa Rica to make sure they can go against Mexico.

      • Hunt Daddy says:

        No way. Qualification is all but academic at this point so, although it would be nice, it’s not necessary to win both matches. These two games are a great learning experience for WC play- pick up a yellow in the first and second group games and you sit the third. Guys need to learn how to play with that pressure now as opposed to sh***ing the bed when it really counts. I think JK also trusts the depth in the squad enough at this point to put the best XI on the field regardless of card accumulation.

        • GW says:

          I don’t think JK sees qualification as academic nor should he.

          He wants to win at Costa Rica because that would leave him with three “must tie” games. Those would then be games where he can afford the kind of complacent attiude you want to promote for this Costa Rica game. These guys are supposed to already know how to play wih a yellow under pressure.

          But a loss at Costa Rica coupled with a bunch of yellows could leave JK with a weakened team for Mexico who will, in all likelihood be fighting for their lives in Columbus. What if Altidore, Dempsey, Bradley and Jones all of whom are in card danger are not available for Mexico?

          If the US lose there, with two losses it gets more iffy than any US fan should want..

          • Hunt Daddy says:

            I wasn’t promoting a complacent attitude for the CR game. On the contrary, I was saying it should still be all hands on deck, play the best XI to win the game. If a few guys pick up yellows and are suspended for the nex match their replacements should be more than adequate to get a result at home against a struggling MEX side.

            I get what you’re saying about these players being professionals and they should know how to play under pressure, but the reality is that playing in CR in a WCQ match is going to be a new experience for a good amount of the players on this roster.

    • b Shurley says:

      Also lots of cards are possible. The last qualifier that Marco Rodriguez did he issued 7 cautions and 1 send off. The Honduras v Jamaica game in June.

  31. JohnnyUtah says:

    I dont understand how Beckerman is always selected. He has average pace, average defensive ability, and below average passing ablility over any kind of distance. Kljestan can play anywhere in the midfield and can bring some creativity later in a game when we need to break down CONCACAF teams that park the bus.

    • StevieBob says:

      I’m not a big Beckerman fan. But it is hard to deny that he had a great Gold Cup showing.

      • John says:

        Sure but is there any real reason to think Kljestan couldn’t of had just as good of one?

        • Ben says:

          But a coach doesn’t just pick on conjecture. Beckerman actually did it.

          • JohnnyUtah says:

            So starting for a team that will be playing in the Champions League doesnt count? Beckerman had a good Gold Cup against subpar competition.

          • John says:

            Well is it really fair that Beckerman gets to show himself against teams like Cuba and Kljestan’s only recent minutes have been against teams like Belgium and Bosnia.

        • skyman says:

          I can’t believe I’m in a position of defending Beckerhead, but here it goes:
          Frankly Sasha doesn’t bring anything special to the table that Beckerstaud doesn’t. He doesn’t score for the NATS (although one could argue he brings some offense, lets face it, not against quality opponents). Sasha doesn’t have pace, like Bedoya, or even Corona. What Beckerstein does bring is a defensive crunch, that works against slower teams. That, in and of itself, is why he makes the team and not Sasha.

          • Ali Dia says:

            Beckerman is an extremely poor man’s Claude Makalele, but he has his place, provided the opposition isn’t world class.

    • Trent says:

      I agree.

    • KGB says:

      I agree…I fear he will give a Ricardo Clark-like performance in a game should he make the World Cup roster.

      • Jason B says:

        I think EJ has the best odds right now of making a careless giveaway in the midfield leading to an opposition goal.

        • zztoppppp says:

          This. He has definitely improved but he has at least two terrible giveaways every game. Maybe he should lay off the step overs and try to make a decent pass.

      • Dudester says:

        I hope he doesn’t get the chance to play in the WC at all.If he’s oh behind Jones Bradley and Diskerud as this roster suggests it just might happen.

    • Citronomics says:

      Not saying Beckerman should start… however, IMO, he is unfairly assessed by some NATS fans. His passing precision and ratio of forward/positive passes to square (or back) passes is likely better than we ‘see’, and he recently (yes, it was the GC) added some well-struck assists to his overall play. My sense is Klinsi trusts him to do his job – settle play, make tidy passes that retain possession and maintain defensive shape. If one buys this line, not surprised he’s consistently called up and has a good shot at making the WC roster. Anyways, think folks tend to underweight his positive attributes. That’s all.

      Cheers y’all.

      • Beto says:

        Beckerman is one of the best destroyer-cdm’s we have. I would consider starting him in Costa Rica. At this point he is more consistant in the defensive midfield game than Jones (and card free) and could allow Bradley to focus on the play creator duties.

    • joshw says:

      Kljestan is competing against Mix to back up Bradley (or to be the late game spark sub for the center of the park). Beckerman is competing against players like Cameron, Williams and Edu to back up Jones. Williams hasn’t been playing much and just landed at a new club (in the second division) and Edu is injured. As long as Evans can go at right back from the start, in the event that Jones is unavailable for Mexico, I would expect Cameron the start next to Bradley. If Jones and Bradley both receive cards in the first game, things get interesting for Mexico.

  32. ronniet says:

    Not sure if you guys noticed this but Bedoya played right back for Nantes against PSG and played extremely well. I think we have to seriously think that if bedoya plays there all season and plays well he’d be at the forefront to start there, especially if cherundolo falls off and TC keeps denying call ups! Bedoya defiantly has the work rate, is more than capable in a attack but would need to hone his defending! What do you guys think?

    • Ben says:

      You would think it would be a more natural position for him. He can attack, but he isn’t great at it, and his work rate and defense are very solid. It almost too bad he has played midfield up until now.

    • zztoppppp says:

      I have been hoping for this since I heard he played wingback last week. For a winger he is solid in defense and I think it is worth a shot.

    • span16 says:

      Hmmm…wasn’t Nantes playing a 3-5-2? Wingback in a 3-5-2 and right back in a 4 back set are different animals. Bedoya definitely displayed an admirable work rate and was involved for Nantes when they went forward, but I don’t know if that translates into being a full time right back for the USMNT.

      As an example, Christian Maggio has been a beast for Napoli (also a 3-5-2) the last few years, but has struggled mightily when playing for Italy when they employ a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1.

      • bryan says:

        they were. completely different system.

      • GW says:

        Dolo, Chandler, Parkhurst, Cameron, Castillo, Fabian, DMB,,Torres, Orozco, Evans.

        These are the guys who played full back the most for JK.

        Dolo and Chandler are probably the most talented all around fullbacks on that list. They have not been around for a while and may not be around for a while. Which leaves us with essentially a bunch of converted midfielders. This works for JK because he likes his fullbacks to be basically withdrawn wingers or wingbacks if you like. JK’s emphasis is on attack so he is not interested in all out defensive fullbacks..

        All of which means Bedoya, Zusi, or LD at right back make sense for this team. Those three are all reasonably creative and at right back, they get more time and do just that. All three are good defenders ( LD is probably the best tackler on the team) and all three are quick enough to get back and cover when required.

    • Dream Weaver says:

      Definitely would add an incredible element going forward.

    • Beto says:

      Very interesting… Bedoya is a great player and i could see him filling in at RB but i think we could be better in the attack. Evans is interesting cuz he has never done anything wrong but we are still looking for his replacement!

      Switching between a 352 (US will never play) and a 442/4231 is never easy but why not give him a shake.

      Evans, Cameron, Bedoya, Orozco all in camp and trying out for the RB job

    • louis z says:

      that was only tried for 18 minutes then they went to back to their usual formation. Bedoya can ran all day but he doesn’t have a fifth gear that a true fullback should have.

  33. Phlub says:

    Altidore – AJ
    Zusi – Dempsey – Donovan
    FJ – Besler – Omar – Evans

    Score goals.

    Yes, Dempsey and Donovan can link up at times with Altidore when they want to put pressure on, but we know by now not to leave him hanging solo in a 4-5-1. He’s a beast with someone to work off of.

    • alocksley says:

      Zusi’s trying to gain fitness and out of form coming back from the injury. You’ll see Bedoya before you see Zusi right now.

      • Phlub says:

        Why’s he on the roster then? Players who are gaining fitness don’t make JK’s rosters. He got 90 last weekend and should again this weekend. Bedoya played great the last few matches, but Zusi>Bedoya in the pecking order.

  34. blokhin says:

    I think Castillo and not Corona getting the call up means that the potential for FJ at RB, Beasley at LB and Donovan/Zusi on the wings has increased… it basically comes down to which 2 of 3 players would JK rather have on the field Zusi, Beasley or Evans? I assume Donovan and FJ are locks to start …
    Zusi and Beasley have gotten enough playing time to 2013 to warrant some incumbency benefit of the doubt versus Evans despite his above expectations RB play…

    Donovan, Zusi, Beasley, FJ on the outside> Donovan, FJ, Zusi, Evans or Donovan, FJ, Beasley, Evans

    • bryan says:

      beasley is a lock at LB. FJ will be at LM. LD and RM. there is no way Johnson plays RB, especially given JK listed him as a midfielder. that says to me, JK will play FJ at LM.

    • Josh D says:

      Zusi may be over his injury, but his form isn’t. Bedoya over Zusi in my mind. I don’t think Klinsi would bring Castillo, Beasley, and Johnson to play Johnson at LB and bench the other two.

  35. Ben says:

    I think people can quibble with one or two omissions, like Goodson, but that is about it.

    • nick says:

      Overall…good strong roster for 2 of the toughest games during the hex. nobody should lose their s**t b/c corona and goodson are staying home.

      • joshw says:

        At CB, the difference between those called in and Goodson is slim. It’s nice to have Goodson, who could step up in the event that Gonzo gets injured again or Brooks or Orozco stop playing for their clubs.

  36. Ryan nanez says:

    The good thing about johannson now is that Dempsey better be on his A game and not disappear like he does often.

    • Dudester says:

      Although the rope is long with Dempsey, I agree.Same with JJ and Cameron.

    • Gary Page says:

      You mean the second leading scorer in US national team history who has scored more goals from mostly midfield in 9 years than Wynalda scored from striker in 10? That Dempsey?

      • Dudester says:

        If anything the presence of Bacon will push a 30+ Dempsey to keep up the form he’s had for the US under Klinsmann.

      • Gabe says:

        Did you SEE Johannson against Bosnia? That Johannson? Dempsey better be on his A game for sure.

  37. Ali Dia says:

    Well, AJ didn’t score for Alkmaar before the match was abandoned today. But at least this happened…

    link to

    • EspinDOHla says:

      Wow! GK red carded for kicking the guy that came running on the field at him? That’s ridiculous!

      • Ali Dia says:

        Actually I’m a dummy and didn’t read properly. That match is from two years ago. Today’s match apparently was abandoned due to fire.

        Cool video though, huh?

      • Joe+G says:

        I think the red card was rescinded, but it’s pretty stupid to assault someone … even idiots on the pitch.

        • EspinDOHla says:

          Yes, assaulting someone sucks but you have no idea if that dude is a psycho or not. Usually people running on the field have something wrong with them!

  38. Flimflam says:

    Where is Wondowlowski?

  39. Josh D says:

    Give me a starting line-up of:



    1. Evans has the spot until he loses it. He has earned it and it’s up to him to make enough mistakes that Klinsi is forced to change his mind. I don’t think Evans makes it to Brazil, but he’s solid for us now.

    2. People putting a two-man midfield of Bradley behind Dempsey is crazy. No way does that midfield last in Costa Rica or against a desperate Mexico.

    3. Donovan has earned the right midfield spot over Zusi and Bedoya. And to me, Bedoya is better than Zusi at the moment.

    4. Brooks over Gonzo who has made too many mistakes for club and country. Brooks stepped up well in Bosnia. Let’s continue seeing what he’s made of.

    5. Beckerman is in because we need a defensive midfielder to toss in with 10 mins remaining. Corona is off because he lost his starting role for club and we have enough right wingers at the moment.

    • alocksley says:

      Brooks was so-so in Bosnia, and hasn’t been getting the minutes for his club team of late. I say he’s a late sub to cap-tie him.

      • RB says:

        If that was only so-so, then definitely bring him on as his good days will be outstanding!

      • Chris says:

        He’s been fantastic lately for his club, he was subbed out in the 23rd minute of their last match against Hamburg for tactical reasons. And he was better in Bosnia than Omar’s been for the USMNT lately.

    • Flimflam says:


      • Chrwis W says:


      • 20 says:


        I just think Jozy is more likely to score in a big game. Other than that I agree with your lineup.

    • Del Griffin says:

      God I hope you are wrong about the left side.

      • bryan says:

        he isn’t. that is exactly what you can plan to see. beasley is the starting LB for the USMNT. it is what it is. and JK likes FJ playing at LM because it pays off every time.

    • Cuban__B says:

      Agree with everything but i thought Brooks picked up a knock in his last game. A hamstring if i remember correctly. Id still start Gonzo but give Brooks an 80th minute cameo to cap tie him. I believe Brooks will be our started CB at the WC but a bad hammy could be VERY problematic.

    • joshw says:

      Basically what I would like / expect to see, based on the call-ups. Maybe Cameron for Evans, but I don’t have strong feelings about starting one versus the other. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Donovan as the second striker and Dempsey on the right. Landon still has a gear that Jozy and Clint lack.

    • Waterlewd says:

      Evans doesn’t make many mistakes. That’s why he can play right back, because it’s certainly not due to his attacking ability, crosses, or speed. He’s just always in position, although he does ball watch a little.

  40. LAMF says:

    Dammit, Beckerman and Zusi just won’t go away.

    • Travis says:

      Zusi has been quality, not sure why you would want him to go away.

      • LAMF says:

        He’s extremely limited at the international level. I find it amazing that people continue to gush over his performances. He’ll have a terrible first half; deliver one or two decent crosses in the 2nd half and maybe luck into an assist, and then everyone suddenly thinks he’s a great player.

        • Travis says:

          Im not gushing over anything but he has been fine in all the games I have watched. He is hardly the whipping boy I would pick on this roster (im looking at you Castillo). He brings some qualities to the team and has a solid work rate. Do I think he should start? Probably not but he should certainly be on the team

        • Jared says:

          Yes, perfectly hit crosses onto the head of a striker are really lucking into assists.

        • Austin says:

          You are out of your mind. Have you watched any of the games? Or are you one of those Highlight-Reel “experts”

          Zusi has been marvelous for us out wide. Remember Jamaica last year? What about his game against mexico? (you’ll remember the highlight of him sprinting 40 yards to our box to clear away the ball)

          He is consistent, as well. While he might not have that superstar flair that other players have, he is the best player (not counting Donovan when he’s up for it) we have for that position.

        • Dudester says:

          ThatkidNandez is that you?

  41. Ben says:

    I’d rather have Lacjhi on the team and drop Beckerman with Cameron covering as a DM if needed. As a whole strong line up thgrought he medfield and at forward the question marks being the LB and RB position as always since Besler/gonzo have established themselves pretty well.

  42. zztoppppp says:

    I’m really surprised that Corona isn’t there. Other than that I think this roster looks great.

    • joshw says:

      Joe’s problem is that he’s only gotten a shot on the outside, and that’s not his natural position or where he plays for his club. Competition for those wide spots is fierce now. If he were competing against Mix for a CM spot, he’d stand a better chance of making the roster. But as far as I can recall, we’ve never played him there.

  43. bobby hill says:

    Castillo = Bornstein

    • Jordan says:

      He was nothing short of awesome in that Bosnia friendly when he came on. He isn’t the greatest defender but he can get forward which Klinsy likes.

    • zztoppppp says:

      In defense, yes. In the attack, not even close. Castillo should be used as a midfielder only for the USMNT.

    • louis z says:

      put the meds down and walk away from the table.

  44. Travis says:

    A bit surprised to see Orozco over Goodson, thought Goodson played very well in the Gold Cup. Might be in part due to Orozco’s ability to play RB but I doubt Jurgen is going to be risking starting him there in these important qualifiers. Also if Brooks accepts this call I think its mostly a guarantee that he plays at some point, Jurgen wants to tie this guy up as soon as we can.

    • Beto says:

      Has Goodson been in San Jose XI consistantly? I have seen they play for a bit…

      Same for Joe Benny?

  45. Two Cents says:

    Pretty solid squad. There are a few asterisks as others have noted. Not that the players chosen don’t deserve their spots, but the reasoning behind why one player was selected over another (club not allowing it? Playing time? Fatigue? Injury? etc.). This is what I would like to see, or something similar, but now that Deuce and Donovan are in the squad, it will be a little more difficult to specify their roles. It’s much easier to do when they don’t play at the same time.

    F. Johnson——–Bradley————Jones————-Donovan

    Dempsey will play behind Altidore, being the creator/supplier for Altidore, but overall having this shape in the final 18. I was also considering moving Donovan up top with Altidore, which may very well happen, and having Zusi on the right, but then we would need to drop Jones to make that additional inclusion, since Dempsey would play a more central role.

    You could also run the following, but not sure that it would tailor to our strengths per say. We have the wide players to beat out our competition, so this may be considered to be playing to a weakness, but who knows?

    F. Johnson—————–Altidore——————–Donovan

    • zztoppppp says:

      Your first lineup looks like what we are going to be seeing. I hope we don’t see the second one though just because I can’t stand when Klinsmann runs the 4-3-3.

      • YesItsNate says:

        +1 and +1 again for the 4-3-3 although ultimately with Johnson/Donovan/Dempsey it’ll mostly play out as a 4-2-3-1

    • Joe+G says:

      Clubs can’t stop a call-up on a FIFA date. Now, they can negotiate to keep a player off or limit his minutes, but they can’t stop anything.

      • Two Cents says:

        Right. I didn’t state that correctly. Ultimately, is a club being kind of a pain and whining about you using their player? In essence, in a situation when they are recovering from a small knock that the general public doesn’t know about, or if they have played too many minutes recently, etc. Anything that would cause a club to limit the usage of their player for the upcoming games.

    • paulwp says:

      Dempsey was never the creator for Altidore. It’s the other way around. Altidore’s hold up play sets up Dempsey’s shots.

      • Jacknut says:

        I wish someone told me that before.


        Gigi Buffon

      • Two Cents says:

        Yes and no. Antidote is the hold up striker, but when Dempsey sits behind him going forward, he is going to get the ball and link up with Altidore. In essence, Dempsey provides Altidore with service. Now, Altidore may still hold it up and wait for Dempsey to push further forward, but without a link for Altidore, it is difficult for him to create on his own, although he is getting much better at it as he continues to mature. If you look at Sunderland’s games, prior to their most recent cup match, Altidore has been on an island because he has no one to link up with. Just my opinion anyway.

      • louis z says:

        Thank you! some folks have facts distorted. Dempsey was never a facilitator. Well, may once in a blue moon.

  46. AC says:

    The 4-5-1 may work since a better stable of service providers are on this squad, with Dempsey probably being the “2nd forward” and midfielder at the same time, kind of how Jozy and Johnson played together against Bosnia, only Dempsey can provide better passing and decision making compared to Johnson. Obviously, no surprise if the old tried and true 4-4-2 is used. JUST WIN BABY!

  47. Trey says:

    What I want to see:


    Cameron – Brooks – Besler – Beasley




    Obviously, you could have Fabian at LB and side in EJ or AJ, Id prefer Aron. Or could see Gonzales and Besler at CB. Do Brooks and johannson start? I think they get some solid minutes at the very least.


    • joshw says:

      This is it for me. I like that FJ is listed as a midfielder. I don’t expect to see him at LB with both Beasley and Castillo called in. Man, this is a strong team.

  48. Dudester says:

    Once we find someone suitable for left wing FJ should move back to defense.Hes by far above anyone else at LB.On the other hand we should have decent options at left wing come WC time.Those options being Shea and Donovan or even Bacon, with Bedoya and Zusi to man Rw.

  49. Josh says:

    Boy what does Corona have to do here to get called in for big situations. I would take him over Johannson at the moment, knowing you have EJ, Jozy, Dempsey and LD all capable of playing up top..and we all know we are only gonna play with one forward anyways.

    And inversely, it’s good to be Castillo. No matter how bad you look, you are playing a position of supreme dearth and keep getting calls.

  50. Wispy says:

    These guys are sitting on yellows: Howard, Besler, Cameron, Evans, Bradley, Jones, F. Johnson,
    Dempsey, and Altidore. So, with must-win-at-home match against Mexico on deck, I go with this if I’m Klinsi:


    Some rationale: Bedoya’s been playing well and Klinsmann has started him at RM the last two games. Sitting Fabian ensures he’s available for Mexico. I know Beckerman’s never a popular choice but there’s no arguing he had agreat Gold Cup and can handle CONCACAF-level competition. If Bradley gets a yellow, well, then we at least still have Jones for Mexico. And in defense, Cameron and Brooks just started together in Bosnia and held their own. Brooks gets cap-tied, and regardless of what happens to those two, we still have Besler and Gonzalez for Mexico. Same rationale for Howard: you know if we’re up or tied there’s a good chance Howard gets carded for time-wasting. Lert Guzan absorb that card and Howard is available for Mexico.

    I think that lineup, with the confidence with which the US has been playing lately, can at least get a point in Costa Rica.

    • slowleftarm says:

      How is the game against Mexico “must win?” Have you looked at the standings?

      • Wispy says:

        Well, point taken, but I meant “must-win” in the sense that (i) you win your homes games in WCQ, and (ii) we’d like to wrap up qualifying ASAP. But you’re right, it’s not must-win with regard to qualifying at all.

    • Flimflam says:

      Move Jozy to the bench and put Wondowlowski up top.

  51. John says:


    I think Cameron can give a little more defensive cover to allow Johnson to press forward on the other side. Donovan is best used in the middle. He has most creative vision on the team and can bring everyone else into the match. Dempsey will still find his shot and have space to get on the end service from Zusi and Donovan.

    • Dominic says:

      Would like to see bedoya in for zusi, that game against psg was solid. And switch dempsey and Donavan, dempsey is better suited in the center and Donovan on the wing using his speed.

      • John says:

        Dempsey too often looking for someone to create something for him while Donovan looks to create for others. The last 2 times I can recall Donovan on the wing for the national team he was pretty much invisible and either was pulled or changed positions by halftime.

    • Flimflam says:

      Replace Jozy with Wondowlowski.

    • joshw says:

      I don’t think you’re going to see this unless calling Beasley and Castillo and listing FJ as a midfielder are diversionary tactics.

      • John says:

        Johnson was listed as a midfielder before the Bosnia friendly and started at left back so it doesn’t really mean too much.

  52. Eric L says:

    Can a brother get a cap!

    • Dudester says:

      Lichaj gets munson’ed yet again.If he wasn’t called up for a friendly in Europe the odds that he gets called up to this camp were even less.Nevertheless; munson’ed

    • George Baldwin says:

      Play better.

      • Ed says:

        Lichaj has… Oh yeah doesn’t matter. JK makes his expectations clear and a player can meet and surpass them. But he better start making novenas cause at the end of the day the coach that loves to project an aura of objectivity is just as subjective as the next. When Evans get fried or Cameron makes a bunker by the corner flag the wailing and gnashing of teeth will start.

  53. AlexH says:

    Surprised to see Goodson off of the lineup. After the Gold Cup everybody seemed to view him as the flavor of the month. Has he been in poor form or injured? Has Orozco been tearing up the league? Inquiring minds want to know!

    • Dudester says:

      Some posters preferred Goodson over Gonzo.I guess the addition of Brooks and his potential have left Goodson the odd man out.

    • paulwp says:

      I would think it’s just a adgjustment period for his club combined with the desire to tie Brooks before he changes his mind

  54. hi says:

    what’s a midfelder?

  55. bottlcaps says:


    Jozy does not play well up top alone. Pair him with someone he has played with before, fellow teammate Johannson for AZ.

    Dempsey on the Left is a bit off, but he has played here before. Donovan on the other wing, or bring him up top and play johannson on the wing..goodness either way.
    Bradley and Jones are both good box-to-box mids, but Bradley has this great passing thing going and links up well with the forwards and wingers. Jones is hard-nose hard-working defensive and enforcer mid, but can be reckless.

    Has anyone played better than Beasley on the left back position. I would say no, BUT Castillo was pretty respectable against a talented BH team. Gonzo and Beiler, why break up a combo that is GOOD! Brooks on as a sub to cap him. Fabian Johnson and his runs up the wings and his absolutely spot-on crossing is really needed.

    I picked Howard, just because he is the man for so long. Guzan is nipping on his heels though,

    • Nick says:

      Like the idea of Dempsey and Donovan on the wings… like the old days with Bob. Only downside is Dempsey doesn’t like to track back to help on D while Donovan usually will.

      Johnson would never play RB. Beasley would sit for him.

      And of course Altidore+Johansson= tons of goals!

  56. Kapper says:

    How does Beckerman get the call-up over Kljestan?

    • biff says:

      I’m not really sure about the technicalities, Kapper, how the whole roster thing works. But I think Klinsmann has to fill out a list with the names of the 23 players for the roster and then send it in to Concacaf officials. I assume that this time Klinsmann typed in Beckerman’s name on the list but did not type in Kljestan’s name. But that is pure speculation on my part. I could be wrong.

    • Mike R says:

      Maybe because Sacha sucks and can’t complete a forward pass or play D

      • Jeremy says:

        Totally agree…Sacha is good but he doesn’t give the team anything..He’s had many many opportunities to solidify himself with the national team all the way back to Bradley’s days and we haven’t seen anything from him thats made me believe he can impact games…i agree Mike, everytime he plays, 95% of his passes are back or to the side..just a plain keep possession midfielder..

        • Jeremy says:

          Beckerman at least has an identity to his game and did well in the gold cup. Sacha needs to hit the freaking gym if he wnts to play in midifield and boss ppl around, get over your scrawny emo look, put some muscle on you and play the ball forward!

          • John says:

            Sure Beckerman looked fine against Cuba and some Concacaf B teams but when against any real competition Beckerman plays it back more then anyone.

  57. Dudester says:

    Big question is will JK take the yellow cards into consideration.Does he sit some starters because they’re o. yellows? Maybe he goes all out to win the game in Costa Rica considering we only need 1 point after that to qualify?Questions questions…

    • beto says:

      sounds like he isnt going to sit anyone because of yellows.. I really hope we are not facing Mexico w/o Dempsey, Altidore or Bradley! we all know how things can get out of hand in Central America and a yellow card can come out of nowhere..risky move.

      personally i wouldn’t run the risk of Jones playing at all in CRC. Beckerman and Cameron can certainly pair with Bradley to do the dirty work and leave him to the attacking. as for Dempsey, Howard, FJ, Besler and Jozy, they have to play and just have to be on their best behavior..

  58. beachbum says:

    hope we see LD and Jozy paired up top in 4 2 2 0r some hybrid of such, or maybe in a 4-3-3, after the obligatory 10-15 minutes of 4 2 3 1 :)

    LD’s vision and touch might really unlock Jozy who loves a good partner. Not saying Clint can’t do it, but for me he’s the one to move to the midfield, perhaps out left in any of the formations or in the triangle in the 4-3-3. He’s going to have to hoof it on D wherever he’s deployed

    LD can play in all of these positions but what a chance to pair him with Jozy. I really hope we see it

    • biff says:

      yeah, this is gonna be great to see Landy-Cakes and Dempsey-Cakes together again at long last, with an in-shape and in-form Jozy backed by a solid group of mostly young and dynamic players. And I agree, Donovan is the straw that stirs the drink and he definitely has something to prove in these next two games, while pressure is on Clint to perform.

      • beachbum says:

        let Costa Rica eat cake baby!

        so where would you play Clint and LD? is there the chance one comes off the bench even? probably not but if Clint plays in the hole or further up, LD gets pushed to the outside with those defensive responsibilities instead of just popping up there while reading the run of play…it’s different as you know

        LD and Jozy seems like the partnership to develop going forward, but I have faith in Clint there too. we’ll see

        • joshw says:

          With FJ as the left wing providing defensive discipline and a stay at home right back. Put either Landon or Clint at RM, the other one in the hole and Jozy up top, and just let the attacking 3 go wherever they want.

          • beachbum says:

            I like it. Clint in the hole is different than LD; Clint sort of stays in there whereas LD roams the entire field. still prefer 2 outright strikers pushing the seams up top, creating space for others underbneath

        • biff says:

          Yeah, Klinsmann is gonna have some tough decisions. But I think there no getting around the fact that if Donovan and Clint are on the field at the same time, then Donovan would be the preferred winger over Clint. But even as a winger, you just know Donovan will be visiting the box often with shots on target.

          • John says:

            When’s the last time Donovan really played as a winger? The last 2 times he played on the wing for the national team I can think of he was either pulled at half or moved to underneath the striker.

            • Shaggie96 says:

              It’s a good question. I have no idea how everyone is so certain LD will be on the wing. JK started him in exactly that spot in the pre-GC Guatemala game and he switched with Corona 20 minutes in. In my opinion the ideal formation to suit their talents is the 4-4-2 diamond with LD at the top of the diamond and Jozy and Clint as forwards. I don’t think it provides enough defensive cover though. I’m curious to see what happens on the 6th.

            • beto says:

              for LA and USMNT Lando has been a striker/second striker for some time now. he still would be our best RW/RM too but i would keep him up top.

        • louis z says:

          I think LD will be coming off the bench with Johannsson. Who will start at RW?… Bedoya.

    • GW says:

      Jozy just scored in five games in a row for the US,something no one has ever done, without LD in the lineup.

      LD is a wonderful asset but Jozy, and the US have shown they can live and can achieve record breaking scores without LD to help.

  59. Dudester says:

    JK said in the intreview on ESPN that the Costa Rica game is the most important of the year so far.He also said that “they’re professional enough no to pick up yellow cards.All that being said I think he plays the strongest lineup possible, regardless of yellow cards.

    • GW says:

      JK is taking the correct approach on the card business.

      You have to play your game and besides you can get a card for no good reason these days so the only way to truly avoid getting another yellow card is to not play. If you get that yellow and are out so be it, deal with it afterwards..

  60. Mike R says:

    I would sit Altidore, Bessler, Dempsey and save them for Mex.
    They are playing AWAY at Costa Rica so we will get no calls and definitely pick up a few fouls. Also, the ref is MEXICAN!!!!! So the odds of one or all of those players picking up a yellow is 100%.

    We will lose anyway might as well be full strength at Mexico.
    Don’t want Mex getting the psychological advantage of winning in Columbus

  61. THomas says:

    We are going to have some QUALITY players left on the bench. I see us going 4-2-3-1 still and only switching to a 4-4-2 if necessary.


    –Fabian J.———————-Dempsey—————————Donovan–




    • biff says:

      Why do you wanna play club left back Fabian Johnson at left mid and club left winger DaMarcus Beasley at left back? I thought only Klinsman the Tinkerer would do that.

      • THomas says:

        I think he’s dangerous when he’s up in attack, cutting in from the left. Isn’t Evans a midfield for too for Seattle?

        I’m just trying to make my optimal lineup while also keeping what JK has done in the past. If it were up to me completely? The team would look like this….






        • Cream Jenkins says:

          As long as we’re getting weird:

          ———————Dempsey—–altidore ——————–
          F Johnson———————————————Donovan

    • AJ Striker says:

      I agree with the above for the most part, though I would sub in Cameron over Evans. With subs like AJ ready to come in to offer pressure, this midfield is what I hope to see next summer. Hope Chandler, Beasley / Cameron, Lichaj! and Evans all go at it for the top LB/RB spots for Brazil. JK was right and has clearly proven that competition for every spot is vital to national team success.

      • louis z says:

        Coaches hardly will sub defenders for defenders, unless they are just not with the program.

        You may see a minute 91+ sub to kill time or to protect a lead which is a different animal. see USA vs Panama final, Gonz coming in just to clear long passes.

  62. Umlaut says:

    If JAB is planning on leaving after the Costa Rica game, that makes the decision to only bring 3 true CB’s more surprising.

  63. TomG says:

    I wonder if Beckerman’s inclusion means that we see Cameron Starting. I’d think if he was on the bench, another backup dmid would be redundant.

    • biff says:

      If Cameron has another good game at right back this weekend for Stoke, I betcha he starts at RB against Costa Rica.

    • Dudester says:

      I think you’re reaching with this.We will only see Cameron start with Bradley in a friendly to compare with JJ and Mike.

    • Chris says:

      Think Cameron’s most likely the starting RB for these qualifiers. However, Beckerman’s presence leads me to believe Klinsmann has concerns about Jermaine Jones’ fitness after his recent injury.

    • THomas says:

      I’m with biff, and TomG I think you’re saying you see him starting at right back. I can definitely see Cameron there during qualifiers. It allows a lot of interchanging on the fly out there.

      • GW says:

        “It allows a lot of interchanging on the fly out there.”

        Meaning what exactly?

        • THomas says:

          Meaning Cameron has experience playing in multiple spots. So he can slide into central midfield or over to centerback as we apply and absorb pressure.

      • KingGoogleyEye says:

        Makes perfect sense—but a betting man would put money on JK starting Evans at RB.

  64. Jeremy says:


    Subs: Johansen for Johnson

    • Dudester says:

      If Cameron starts it will be at RB over Evans not Cmid.

      • 20 says:

        I assume that’s what he wants, not what he thinks Klinsmann will do. Don’t see Cameron starting in CM either, other than that this lineup is spot on. I think Zusi has to sit. Zusi, E. Johnson and Johansson are great subs to have, and great depth.

      • John says:

        I could see Cameron or even Beckerman starting against CR to remove the possibility of going into the Mexico game without MB90 and JJ due to card accumulation.

        • KingGoogleyEye says:

          John: This seems to imply that winning the CR match is less important than winning the Mexico match. Is that your belief?

          If the point is to vanquish rivals then I guess that’s the right strategy, but I don’t believe that is what WCQing is all about—and I think JK feels likewise.

          If a win against Mexico is the top priority, then sure reserve your best* team, etc. for that all-important match. But if qualifying as early as possible is most important, then you play your best* team against CR—damn the consequences as they relate to Mexico. Some would point to the tried-and-true “draw on the road, win at home” hexagonal strategy, but there is every reason for the USMNT to believe they can win in Costa Rica.

          I think JK plays for a win in CR.

          * I know many will argue that Jones et al do not comprise our best team. My comments here have nothing to do with that question. “Best” means “the team the coach thinks is his best.”

        • bryan says:

          will not happen. JK categorically denied he would do that and Besler even said he highly doubts the coach would use that strategy.

    • Estraub says:

      +1 Jeremy

  65. Herschel Skywalker says:

    I wish we would stop using midfielders/wingers as fullbacks. We have a fairly deep pool of guys that are either actual fullbacks or who play that position regularly in good leagues. (And who would certainly be better than Evans.)

    • GW says:

      “a fairly deep pool” ??

      Like who?

      • Herschel skywalker says:

        Lichaj and Spector to begin w/ 2 that are not injured and have plenty of experience and play weekly. After them, Cameron starts there in the EPL and can play several positions (as can Spector). Though he doesn’t play, Parkhurst is an actual fullback. And then there are better options at fullback in MLS. Some of the young kids should get a chance over a right middie there, like Yedlin, Morales, and some of the actual fullbacks who JK has called in previously from MLS. Chandler is superior to Evans, even in his present form. Eventually well get back Dolo I think, but we have a number of competent fullbacks w/ out having to resort to mid-level MLS players playing out of position.

        • Slowreno says:

          What is it about Evans that you rate him so poorly?

          • Herschel Skywalker says:

            He’s just not a fullback and he wouldn’t make the team in his real position. Nothing person, just not much quality there.

            • Slowreno says:

              I have to disagree with this. He’s not playing at his club position for the exact reason you stated. That does not however mean that his play at RB merits he shouldn’t be playing, or starting for that matter. Outside Dolo, I can’t think of anyone who has played with such consistency in that position for a while. While he started as a stop gap, his consistency in positional awareness, soccer IQ, and ability to get forward and contribute is why has taken over the starting role there. If you honestly think players like Yedlin or Morales are ready to be fill in at this point, it would seem you’re focusing on potential rather than current ability. However, I do agree with you Lichaj should have at least gotten a sniff, but that should have come in the Gold Cup. It makes no sense to take Evans out with the chemistry he’s built with the team and insert him or Spector at this point.

      • my concern is Gonzo…I just don’t think he is international level. He has gotten beaten from behind, he has no lateral speed (like covering speedy attacking players who are good at dribbling one-on one). The only thing he stops are aerial balls and most CONCACAF teams play work the ball up and keep it on the ground.

  66. UclaBruinGreat says:

    With so many “why Castillo?” posts on here, I have to assume that many of you never see any of his games at Tijuana. This year he mainly plays at left-mid. So as far as left-back for the Nats, he is just extra cover (3rd choice after Beasley and F. Johnson).

    As a midfielder he is extremely talented/skilled/technical on the ball. Sure he has his weaknesses such as: he is thin so he can get knocked off the ball easily, and he doesn’t have a powerful shot from distance. I’d say he is in the top 5 of all USMNT players as far as dribbling and skill on the ball, and that’s not hyperbole. I’d put him up there with the Freddy Adu’s, Juan Agudelo’s and other top juke-maestros of the USMNT world.

    As far as true-left wingers, he’s definitely top 3 for USMNT. I’d say F. Johnson and potentially a healthy/in-form Brek Shea are better. Castillo is a better left-winger than Beasley though.

  67. sean says:

    first time Donovan and Dempsey will be on the field at the same time for Klinsmann

    • John says:

      During the Hex?

      • Shawn says:

        No, period. They haven’t been on the pitch together under Klinsmann yet.

        • Alex says:

          If I remember correctly they combined against Antigua and Barbuda. They exchanged passes, Donovan drew a penalty, and Dempsey scored off the penalty.

          • beto says:

            yup, they were both there for the first set of qualifiers last summer.

            • sean says:

              You’re right. They played together for 3 games in June of 2012. I had forgotten that. Still it’s crazy that in the 38 (I think) games Klinsmann has coached for the US, Donovan and Dempsey have only been on the field together for 3 of those.

    • louis z says:

      My money is that it won’t happen in this game.

      Dempsey will probably start but not Donovan. Bedoya will be RW starter. If we are still 0-0 at half time we will see Donovan for Bedoya and Johannsson for Dempsey. You heard it here first :-)

  68. Matt says:


    –Fabian J.———————-Dempsey—————————Donovan–


    Lando and Dempsey interchanging


  69. joshw says:

    The front 4 has scored like 125 goals for the MNT. If things stagnate, go 4-4-2 without using a sub.


    –——Eddie Johnson—————-Dempsey—————————Donovan–


    —Fabian J.——————-Gonzo——–Besler—————-Cameron–


  70. TGA says:

    Zusi is done with the Nats……he should politely withdraw his name…
    Johannsson is a destroyer of defenses and must start….

  71. Phil B says:

    Won’t happen, but I’d like to see it look like this:


    • D-Bo says:

      I would really like to see that lineup too.

      • divers suck says:

        Nope. Replace Zusi with EJ to partner further up with Jozy. Altidore’s game tends to suffer when on an island by himself up top.

    • Johnson’s looked so much better at wing than back that I can’t see him playing there beyond an emergency. It makes sense, and it’s hard to keep him Zusi and Donovan all on the field, but that’s the problem we have.

    • louis z says:

      this formation will never happen. 1) jk already said in an interview that FJ does better in the wing. 2) Dempsey is not fast enough or defensive enough to the likes of JK.

  72. John says:

    If Klinsmann planned on using Donovan as a winger, why didn’t he use him there the entire Gold Cup? Since he doesn’t play the position really for his club wouldn’t you think Klinsmann would have wanted to give him some time there?

    • GW says:

      If you remember, LD started out on the wing with Joe Benny inside playing the “Clint” position. That did not work so well with Corona and when Joe B and LD switched the team really took off, so JK, sensibly left it like that..

      You make it sound like LD has forgotten how to play right wing which is ridiculous.

      • Mueller says:

        You make it sound like it was solely Corona’s fault. More than likely they both were at fault.

        • PanchoMiguelmoralesdeConejo says:

          It’s just the difference in class and experience. corona is a good player, but nowhere near LD…in either position.

  73. JLeo07 says:

    Great lineup. Only addition I would make would be Corona. Klinsy’s got a soft spot for Zusi. I like his work rate, but I don’t see him on the plane to Brazil.

    • Adam says:

      If they lose to CRI and MEX then they have to beat JAM at home and have the game of their lives in Panama City… just how quickly your luck can change. However possible, I am not expecting that.

      • Chris says:

        I’m confused. USA sitting on 13 points. JAM win would give them 16 which would guarentee a top 3 finish in the hex. Why would they need to do anything in Panama City to qualify?

    • keithbabs79 says:

      I like your thinking. But if I had to tinker to get Corona on the plane, I would lose Beckerman.

  74. MyPurpleUnderCracker says:

    Is it not safe to say that Klinsmann called up JAB for these qualifiers not only to introduce him to the full first team squad but also to CAP tie him to the USMNT? JAB is pretty good for his age but I think his inclusion is more about getting him cap tied ASAP.

  75. Johnnypauly says:

    Can we please, please, please just pair Jozy & AJ up top? The rest can be sorted out as Brasìl approaches. I just hope everyone stays healthy.

    On another note….who would rather see Cameron over JJ in the destroyer role? Watching JJ make careless mistakes and errant passes so often is beginning to irritate me. However, he can also offer up moments of sheer brilliance, which was well on display this week in Champions League qualifying versus PAOK.

    • keithbabs79 says:

      Here, here. JJ’s cons are starting to outweigh his pros, and that doesn’t even include his knack for yellow cards. I would like to see what Cameron has to offer, even on a trial basis.

      Glad to see Mix on the roster.

      • Nate says:

        not sure the costa rica and Mexico qualifiers are the best times to be running “trials”. Has Cameron played this position more than once?

      • jonnypauly says:

        I wouldn’t mind one bit if JJ accumulated enough yellow cards for a one-match ban at this point. It would certainly open up the door for Cameron to slide in & give Evans a chance to prove something at RB. I don’t think we lose anything defensively with Cameron as the 6 either. Maybe we even keep better possession? My opinion is that Cameron is less willing to make the risky pass that JJ has a penchant for, often losing possession in the middle of the pitch. And Shalke wouldn’t mind if he sat one out either!

        • Chris says:

          The real benefit to Cameron in place of Jones at DM is that Jones thinks he can float all over the pitch, which forces Bradley to cover for him. Cameron tends to play his position, freeing Bradley to get into the attack and create.

  76. Steve-o says:

    Have we ever tried Ld and clint together up top? I dont remember a time but i think it might work as a backup plan if jozy gets a dry spell

    • PanchoMiguelmoralesdeConejo says:

      The Double D formation, I called it first…though I doubt it now with Jozys form.

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  78. Mueller says:

    I’m coming a little late to the party, but here is my lineup:


    • Nihal says:

      No Landon? Interesting.

      • Mueller says:

        The team did just score 4 against B&H without Dempsey and Donovan so it shouldn’t be much of a worry. Donovan might still be the best player player on the USMNT, but he is longer the best player at every position. For me FJ and Bedoya are better wingers where Donovan is more of a withdrawn forward like he played in the Gold Cup and plays for the Galaxy.

        For me Dempsey and Donovan play the same position for us, and I doubt Donovan has done enough to jump over Dempsey. That can change, but not likely in the next 2 weeks.

        • Nate says:

          has Dempsey ever dominated a tournament at any level the wasy Donovan did?

          • the original jb says:

            Demps got the bronze boot at the 2009 confed cup, MUCH tougher tourney than the gold cup…

            • Mueller says:

              If you look at castrol rankings JJ, MB, and CD tend to have the highest rankings in the pool. (Surprisingly, JJ was the highest American over last year’s club season.)

    • divers suck says:

      Replace Fabian and Bedoya with EJ and Donovan…..

  79. BOYD says:

    A German an Icelander and an American walk into a bar…..

    • ACS says:

      A Mexican, A German, An Icelander, A Norwegian, A Texan, and an American walk into a bar….fixed it for ya.

      • really? says:

        An American, an American, an American, and an American walk into a bar. 50 years later, we still got to do this. Also, a Texan is a state in America.

        • Dallas Texan says:

          Texas is a republic in America. Fixed it for you.

          • bryan says:

            it’s still a state…

            California is a republic. Virginia is a Commonwealth. but they are both still states within the United States of America.

  80. Chris H says:

    I like the roster a lot. As far as a lineup that I’d like to see…


    This would force Bradley to play the #6 and ask FJ and Zusi to take on some significant defensive cover.

    • Chris H says:

      Maybe Bedoya in for Zusi, especially since Zues is still rounding back into form.

      • Nate says:

        thats actually a pretty good lineup, but I would switch out zusi, move donovan back to zusi’s spot and put Johannson up top….or maybe that would be a second half subbing move…

        • Johannsson looked good against Bosnia, but he’s not quite unseating Zusi after one appearance. Zusi’s established himself as a key part of this team. Donovan might push him around a little, but Aron isn’t just yet.

          • Chris says:

            Johannsson isn’t in competition with Zusi for a spot, as they play different positions. If Klinsmann wants Donovan at striker, he’ll be a striker, but if he wants him as a midfielder, he’ll be playing at RW where Zusi typically plays for the USMNT. Regardless, Zusi isn’t likely to see any time in these games, as he’s just barely started playing again after being out 3 weeks injured. Even if he were fit and in the kind of form he was in the first half of the MLS season, with Landon in HIS current form, Landon’s the better option.

          • Chris H says:

            I think IcedBacon will play if we need a goal in the second half, bringing him on for Dempsey in the 60th minute or so. Sadly for my lineup, I don’t see JJ not getting the start, although I think MB at dmid allows our 3 offensive power houses to work it out up top in their ideal positions with great service providers in Zeus and FJ.

            Keller commented on espnfc that he didn’t think Donovan will start, I think that since he helps Klinsi part time, that he has inside information that will probably prove true.

  81. Adam says:

    So, Bocaprieta and Obuchi are non factors, are they?

  82. Cowboy Junky says:

    Dempsey and Donovan have something to prove. They need to prove they can work on the field together under Klinsmann. They both excel for the Nats when the other is out of the lineup. There is minimal evidence that shows these two can play together under Klinsmann. Both of them are better suited for a supporting attacker roll. Donovan has more experience playing wing. With both of them next to each other, we haven’t had the greatest results. Dempsey is still coming into form. I have 100 percent confidence that Donovan and Dempsey will excel. They don’t call him Big Game Deuce for nothing. Landon doesn’t hold the U.S. record for points and assists because he can’t score and can’t dish out assists. That doesn’t change the fact that they still need to prove it.

    That’s why I think we’ll see this eleven, mentioned earlier on this board by a very astute man:


    Johnson Dempsey Donovan


    Beasley Brooks Besler Evans


    I like the versatility it leaves us for making changes. I think Cameron brings more to the table then Evans, but he’s more valuable off the bench. He can sub for Jones, either of our starting center backs, and our right back. You keep him on the bench because he subs in strongly at four different positions.

    I think Johannsson gives us that versatility on offense. He can sub on at striker, support, as an extra attacker in the 4-4-2, and I’m betting winger. Hopefully we’ll find out about winger because he’s fast and dangerous. If we qualify early I expect him to get a look at wing.

    That versatility contributes to Klinsmann’s ability to make genious tactical changes. He might be the best half time adjuster in the world futbol game right now. That’s not an accident.

    This squad leaves motivation for positions that still have an available seat on the plane to Brazil. If this doesn’t light a fire under Timothy Chandler we can forget about him until 2018.

    We’ve had some big wins under Jurgen. That win in Italy was historic. The win at Azteca was historic. We beat Germany. We beat Bosnia on the road. We won the Gold Cup. We’re on a twelve game winning streak. We sit atop the Concacaf charts comfortably.

    Now we have a chance to break our losing streak in Costa Rica.

    Give em hell U.S.A.

    We haven’t proven anything yet.

    • chris_thebassplayer says:

      Spot on about the CD/LD dynamic. I’ve always thought their combo play left a lot to be desired. To the point that CD’s on field personality was so strong that it minimized LD’s time on the ball and lessened the impact he could have on the game… especially when CD was at drop forward dropping deep into the midfield and LD was out wide. I think it is less crucial now than it was in the past, since we have FJ, Jozy and Johannsson poised to step up as attackers. It will be interesting to see if the CD/LD combo play improves due to the increased competition and quality of players in camp…specifically the inclusion of Johannsson.

  83. Tim F. says:

    Looks like a great group. I would like to see Corona, Torres and Shea as well … in lieu of one outside back?

  84. Adam says:

    Johannsson over Wondolowski? Unbelievable. He was the top goal scorer in the Gold Cup, but I guess that doesn’t count for JK.

    • Riggity says:

      Rofl, to quote John McEnroe. “YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!!!!!”

      • Adam says:

        Wondo also has more international experience already. You and I know this is a reward for him deciding to betray Iceland and play with us.

        • ChuckinBham says:

          Wrong. Y’all need to check yourselves.
          AJ and Jozy are the future of US soccer — hands down.
          If you do not know who AJ is, please do some research. This kid is the real deal. He will be swooped up within the couple years by a big club. Wondo will be….well…he will be on the bench.

          • Adam says:

            To begin, Wondo was always going to be on the bench; I think I know that. Finally, you all took my bait, hook and sinker. Have a great night.

          • Riggity says:

            ChuckinB, stop looking up Aaron Bacon highlights and google sarcasm. Johonson is twice the player Wondolowski is, it was obvious from the moment he stepped on the field in Bosnia.

        • Chris says:

          On recent form, Wondo is luke-warm at best, and AJ is blistering hot. He’s been scoring goals like his life depends on it for AZ Alkmaar in Eredivisie and Europa League matches over the past month. As for Wondo’s “international experience,” he’s shown one thing: he can score goals against week CONCACAF opponents. Johansson is getting it done week in and week out against European, African and South American players at his club, so don’t make the mistake of thinking that experience isn’t applicable when he faces off against those players for the USMNT in a situation like the World Cup.

          I’m also glad to see Brooks called in. They should start him (instead of Gonzo) and cap tie him against Costa Rica, or if not then, against Mexico. Gonzo’s shown himself to be unreliable for the USMNT, despite his clear talent, and I’d prefer getting a few looks at a Brooks/Besler pairing to see if that may be a better option for us.

          • Adam says:

            I like your portrayed knowledge. However, you fail to realize that we qualify for the world cup in the weak CONCACAF region where Wondo has started to score goals. Now for AJ he is the future, not the present.

            • Chris says:

              I don’t “fail to realize” anything of the kind – but Wondo’s never scored international goals against the likes of Costa Rica or Mexico, arguably the two strongest teams in CONCACAF after USMNT and Honduras. AND he’s out of form at the club level.

              AJ is in scalding form for his club, and while I agree he is the future, I disagree that you can claim he is not the present. We’ve only seen him once for the USMNT (and he looked incredible), so how can you say he’s not the present? I say give him minutes and see what he can do, so when all of us are discussing the October qualifiers we’ll be able to factor in how he looked with the USMNT against CONCACAF competition. Anyone who honestly believes Wondo is a better call-up must be a Quakes fan (in which case, you should be glad he’s not leaving for the national team because the Quakes need all the help they can get over the rest of the season to have a prayer of making the playoffs).

          • Dennis says:

            Now, be fair, Wondo has not scored against other than CONCACAF competition because no national team coach has played him in those games for more than a half. It is largely the judgement of coaches (both Bradley and Klinsmann) that kept Wondo from scoring against european teams, the same judgement that kept all the posters on Ives from scoring. But be fair, Wondo can only score against the teams he actually plays against.

        • DCUffda! says:


    • CCJC says:

      Wondow sucks. He was scoring against weak Caribbean teams. Plus if I’m not mistaken be might be in his 30s. Time to look forward with our new generation of strikers .

    • Aron Johannsson hasn’t scored yet in his short stint with the USMNT. He hasn’t scored against Cuba, Guatemala, or Belize but if you think that Chris Wondolowski has made a single run as impressive as the two runs directly at Bosnian defenders that Johannsson made in his one match than you simply haven’t watched.

    • louis z says:

      You left me speechless.

  85. Adam says:

    Brooks over Goodson? Hah, another token of loyalty.

  86. user222 says:

    JK should line up the team like this…
    1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1….. those sore-loser Ticos will never know what hit ’em

  87. jim in Atlanta says:

    ZUSI right back!! Because, why the hell not?

    If Evans who’s best position is cm and Beasley a lm can play lb and rb respectively, why not Graham? I think a right side with Zusi and Donovan would work beautifully. They both track back, both have pace, can cross and zusi hustles.

    In my dreams…..


    • Chris says:

      More likely to see Donovan at RB than Zusi, I think (which has been previously suggested on this site). On current form and recovery from injury, Zusi’s not likely to get any minutes in these two matches.

      • Twomilerule says:

        Besides Zusi has no international pace!

      • DCUffda! says:

        The day the US plays Donovan at RB is the day the United States starts calling soccer “football”.

        • Chris says:

          I didn’t say it’ll happen, I said it’s more likely than the US playing Zusi at RB. And I believe it was Ives who suggested playing Donovan at RB – on the basis that he’s the best player the US has at any given field position, so why not use him where we’re weakest and get another excellent player on the pitch?

          • bryan says:

            the whole point is it’s a stupid conversation. neither Zusi or LD will play RB. ever. so move on.

    • Jim in SD says:

      I agree we should get Johannsson in at 2nd striker. But I would push Clint out to his old spot at left mid and keep Bradley in the middle as the playmaker and bossing the midfield like this:

      Deuce— Bradley– Donovan
      DMB –Besler –Gonzo–Cameron

  88. James Fine says:

    Interesting that there are no natural right backs on the team

  89. Matt says:

    Its too bad the 3-5-2 doesnt typically work and/or get used in the international game. This lineup would get our best on the field in at least fairly natural positions


    • Matt says:

      I suppose the area we would be weakest at is in the air. Besler isnt a beast in the air like Gonzo is, and neither are Jones or Bradley which would make that a fairly big hole. Donovan and Johnson put in enough work to cover the wing spots but it would wear them out and take them out of the attack having to track back

  90. gtv says:

    Gotta love our depth at this point in time. Credit to Klinsi for an excellent job managing team dynamics while insisting that the team buy into his style. I am excited about the mix of young talent (Aron, John Anthony), the old reliable stars in form (Landon, DeMarcus), the German-Americans who have fully committed (Jones), and the MLSers (Zusi, Omar). I love our side!

  91. DC Josh says:

    In my humble opinion, Orozco and Castillo are not top-quality USMNT material. Parkhurst and Goodson have proven they are more reliable. However, I think Klinsmann is bringing the Mexican League duo in because of their experience against Mexican competition. Otherwise, I am baffled why they were called in over Goodson/Parkhurst. That sounds like dumb reasoning after I typed it, but it’s all I have to grasp. Everywhere else I am happy with the selections.

    I was always critical of Klinsmann’s approach: he leaned on Jogi Low & home-field advantage in Germany 2006, and was horrible at Bayern. But, Klinsi has done amazing things to build the player pool for this World Cup cycle. I cannot remember a deeper pool of players.

  92. Karma says:

    This looks pretty close to what we will see in Brazil. Some very good, deserving players will be left at home. The players wth the most t prove on this squad:
    A.J.- He looks like the real deal. Let’s see what familiarity with the other nationals breeds.
    J.A.B. – See above.
    Bedoya – He is a work horse. Can he improve his attacking in the last third.
    Mixx- Can he be physical and find a rhythm with his teammates.
    E.J. – Can he keep the pride of Iceland from overtaking him. He needs to show consistent effort.
    Zusi- He hasn’t been with the nations for a long stretch. Donovan has surged back into the fold. Will Zusi prove that he is the best option at RW?

  93. Justin says:

    Brooks over Goodson seems like a stretch, but i presume Klinsmann is going to 89th minute sub in Aron and John to cap-tie them right? What do you guys think of Bedoya over Corona? Not so stoked on that selection, I feel like Corona is the better player. But what do I know?

    • Long Time Listener says:

      Agree 100% except your wacky comment on Brooks over Goodson being a stretch. Brooks over Good-for-nothing-but-own-goals-son all day every day.

      • Adam says:

        I agree with both of you on Goodson over Brooks, but cordially disagree on Corona over Bedoya. To me Bedoya showed vs. CRI, Honduras and Panama that he is top international quality.

    • louis z says:

      Aron is already capped tied and Brooks will either start OR only see the field IF we are ahead. There is no way JK is going to use up a sub if we are losing.

  94. Dennis says:

    Ives, Since Brooks is called up for only the Costa Rica game, will there be an addition (Goodson) for the Mexico match?

    • Adam says:

      I know I am not Ives, but Goodson should’ve been in the team over Brooks even for the CRI match. However, I am not the coach and before you try to assassinate my comment, neither are you.

  95. rainORshine says:

    Ives – please help! how is sacha kljestan not (at least) #3 CM with USMNT?

    for those who say kljestan does not bring anything to the table… what are you basing this on? his 1 start in 2 years under JK? (after starting 18 games under BB)

    roster seems to suggest following order at CM after bradley, jones

    3) cameron (i mean, if he is not playing RB… or CB…) – played some CM several years ago in MLS, before dom kinnear decided he was better off at CB… and way before stoke decided his best position was RB. if cameron is our #3 CM based on 1 home game v panama – id say were F’d.

    4) beckerman – aging MLS journeyman who no one ever seems to want to see on roster

    5) diskerud – guy who has trouble making an impact in a semi-pro league in norway. (relax, i am being sarcastic – but we really should not have any players on USMNT who play at a lower level than austria / MLS / bund. 2 / championship (however you rank those leagues) unless you are absolutely tearing them apart (as chuck davies was doing in sweden when he got his call). mix has not demonstrated an ability to directly impact the offense and the fact that he has averaged 55 minutes for rosenborg over last 16 appearances seems to indicate limited value at this point)

    meanwhile kljestan continues to be ignored. there is ONE US player that plays on a euro team ranked higher than sacha’s anderlecht (39) – jones with schalke (14).

    dont care for the belgian league? why? while anderlecht will play UCL, 3 other belgian squads won play-offs to advance to europa
    – zulte-waragem – pressed anderlecht for crown last season and saw off 11-12 UCL quarterfinalists APOEL to advance to group stage
    – standard liege – perennially strong team that leads league through 5 games – has yet to concede a goal. won europa play-off 5-1 on aggregate
    – genk – another strong side who breezed through play-off 7-2 on aggregate

    the kljestan story becomes more and more disappointing with every camp. at some point between now and our 3rd, 4th and 5th game in brazil we will need a reliable CM besides bradley or jones… given the weakness of our CM depth (sorry folks, this is a very thin position, not deep whatsoever) the fact that sacha has never been given a full opportunity to demonstrate his ability with full team in meaningful games is truly perplexing

    • KingGoogleyEye says:

      I like Kljestan, but your argument for him suffers in major ways.

      3) CM, CB, RB. Exactly: Cameron can play—and play well—at multiple positions where we lack depth. That makes him extremely valuable. (He’d probably make an admirable RM as well!)

      4) “journeyman.” I’m not sure you know what that word means. Beckerman is the CAPTAIN of one of the best MLS teams. Over 300 appearances. MLS Cup winner. Beckerman is by any measure a “veteran.”

      “no one wants to see.” I guess that means Klinsmann and Kreis are “someones.”

      5) Meh. Who cares what league a guy plays in? The question is how he plays for the national team. He could play rec soccer at the local YMCA for all anyone should care. Mix played well for the most part in his USMNT appearances. Your complaints against him are not at all based on his performance with the national team. But is Mix better than Kljestan? Well, that’s the question you should have been trying to address.

      In sum: go ahead and root for Sacha. Just use logical arguments when you do.

      • rainORshine says:

        logical argument, huh. lets see if i can learn from your “logic”

        3) cameron can essentially play any position better than klestan because… you say so. got it

        4) beckerman being captain of his MLS team is evidence that he is a better CM option than kljestan. k

        5) even if diskerud were playing YMCA soccer, you think his stellar play for USMNT in the ultra-competetive gold cup gives him an edge of sacha.

        good luck rooting for those guys to play CM at world cup, but maybe use some logic when you do. or not

        • KingGoogleyEye says:

          Oh, poor rainORshine. So sad. You totally misunderstood everything I wrote. Try again—maybe with a reading tutor to guide you.

          3) I never said Cameron can play any position better than Kljestan. Read it again.

          What I did point out is Cameron’s value to the team. You originally questioned his inclusion by musing, “if cameron is our #3 CM….” The point is: Cameron is not *only* a #3 (or #4) CM. He is also a #2/3 RB, #3/4 CB, and quite possibly a #3/4 RM.

          None of that has anything to do with Kljestan’s value. It has to do with you completely missing the value of Cameron—which explains why you would be so quick to make the mistake of dismissing him.

          4) Again, I said nothing about Kljestan versus Beckerman. What I pointed out is that you clearly have no idea what the “journeyman” means. Or, if you do know, then you are either so biased against Beckerman or so biased for Kljestan that you ignored the actual meaning of the word. It hurts the credibility of your argument when it is so misinformed.

          5) Another reading comprehension failure. Yet again, I said nothing about Sacha. I pointed out that there are good reasons to include Mix—just like I believe there are good reasons to include Kljestan (as I alluded at the very beginning of my comment). And whenever there are good reasons to include two players who may be competing for the same spot, you have to ask the question I said you should have asked: “But is Mix better than Kljestan? Well, that’s the question you should have been trying to address.” Sadly, your ignorance continues to prevent you from asking or answering that question.

          Lastly, you made a fool of yourself when you wrote “good luck rooting for those guys to play CM at world cup.” Did I ever say I was rooting for any of those guys—Sacha, Kyle, Mix, or Geoff? No, I did not. They each bring something of value to the team; there are good reasons to bring any one (or two) of them.