137 responses

  1. wfrw07
    August 7, 2013

    Wouldn’t surprise me to see Hamid as the third keeper, since he is on the east coast, and isn’t exactly starting at the moment for DCU.

    That said, it would be nice for Cropper to be called in.

    • jim in Atlanta
      August 7, 2013

      Cropper? Hasn’t it been established that his name is spelled incorrectly and the correct spelling perfectly reflects his skillset.

      Jk, but seriously you must be joking.

      • bottlcaps
        August 9, 2013

        Why would you want to fly a player cross the Atlantic when you know he’s going to be riding the pine. Hamid is not an option, but Cody Cropper, who has been with Southhampton and the U-20 GK, is. Cropper has been quite good at Southhampton in the reserves and will probably get some call-ups for the FA and some other cup ties.

        I think the US will miss Donovan and Dempsey. These are key players going forward and will need more time to integrate with th other up and coming players on the team.

        JK has an unenviable task of merging players from many leagues on two continents, over an entire ocean. He seems to be doing a good job in doing that, that said BH is NOT Honduras or Canada or any other of the Central American teams the US has been taking apart lately. BH has beaten some good teams and will beat the US if JK and the players do not bring their “A” game much less their “A” team!

      • The Imperative Voice
        August 11, 2013

        I don’t think Johnson or Hamid were that great for the U23s and JK gives them an outsize role.

    • Postmaster
      August 7, 2013

      “Isn’t exactly starting at the moment” is true. He won’t start tonight in the USOC. However, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him start on Saturday.

      Willis’ good play, especially in the USOC, has Olsen committed to play him tonight (and as prep for tonight, last weekend even after Hamid returned). Hamid’s time at the Gold Cup has also hurt his position at DCU. I really doubt that JK will now pull Hamid for more travel away from his club team, just so he can sit on the bench.

      I’m guessing a roster including just 2 keepers will be fine for a mid-week friendly.

    • sony
      August 11, 2013

      me me me me me me me!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Maykol
    August 7, 2013

    He’s not gonna call cropper

    • Beto
      August 7, 2013

      Agreed, i would say Steve Clark playing in Sweden might be an option, although Cropper certainly looks like a future #1

      • John Cocktosen
        August 7, 2013

        Too much hair.

        But you never know. He’s young. Maybe he’ll start balding soon.

        One can only hope.

      • John O’Brien
        August 10, 2013

        Your screen name is awesome. Cocktosen is 6’5″…6’9″ with the afro.

  3. Josh D
    August 7, 2013

    Love the first lineup and think we could actually compete with Bosnia. I want to see us go toe-to-toe against them. The time for bunkering is over and we’ll never see how well we compete against a team if we bunker.

    The second lineup, without MLS/MX players looks painful. Kljestan on the wing? Give me Wood instead (that’s what she said…). Or Aron, who has played wing before and is a leftie so Bedoya can shift over.

    It’ll be tough for Beasley and Corona because they’ve been gone from their club teams for so long. I can’t see their coaches being happy about that.

    Brooks is the one player I want to see above all. Not because my expectations for him right now are high, but because he’ll be such a huge “get” for the future. He’s Gooch with technique and a better understanding of the game. Match him with Besler, and we have a tandem that compared to DeMerit and Gooch circa 2009.

    Really pumped for this game. Hope to see Mix out there as well. He earned a start if Dempsey isn’t brought in.

    • CamRahn Bay
      August 7, 2013

      “Give me Wood instead (that’s what she said…).”

      LOL, I am looking forward to this game as well and hope that it is open and attacking rather than boring bunkering.

    • divers suck
      August 10, 2013

      Agree, that line-up minus MLS/MX leaves poor Josy up top on an island. None of that line-up do I see as a scoring threat/support save for Altidore who’d easily get swallowed up on double/triple teams throughout….

  4. keithbabs79
    August 7, 2013

    Still think that FJ and Beasley should switch positions.

    • Ethan
      August 7, 2013

      Yes

      • Tony
        August 7, 2013

        Agreed – would love to see what this looks like

    • Kung Fu Kangaroos
      August 7, 2013

      + 1

    • Marcelo Balboa’s Mustache
      August 7, 2013

      +10

    • Pat
      August 7, 2013

      Me too! FJ is probably gonna be LB for the World Cup, and he’s a better defender than Beasley. If FJ wants to join the attack, he can always overlap and come forward. Plus Beasley is now experienced enough to cover FJ if he chooses to attack.

      • Big Red
        August 7, 2013

        Very Excite!

      • Lil’ Zeke
        August 7, 2013

        But is FJ experienced enough to carry Beasley’s jock?

    • DL
      August 8, 2013

      This wouldn’t work in our system. Beasley is as one dimensional as it comes on the left side when attacking. He has to be wide. He cannot cut in effectively with the ball on his right foot and let a left back overlap.

      Fabian Johnson can do this. That is why he needs to be there. So much of our offense now without Cherundolo is predicated on our LB playing the sideline with our LM cutting inside and playing tucked in so the LB can overlap. That is just not what DMB does.

      To continue with this system that has worked very well, in which JK has finally found the right tactics for our team, it would either need to be (1) DMB at LB, FJ at LM, and Donovan/Zusi at RM (as it has been in this current form), or (2) FJ at LB, Donovan at LM, and Zusi at RM.

      Bottom line is that in our system, DMB is either a LB or he is a substitute. He cannot cut inside on his right foot to allow our LB to effectively get into the attack from the midfield position. He is purely a wide player, and that’s not what our LM does anymore.

      • ThaDeuce
        August 10, 2013

        Good point, I didn’t understand why Beas didn’t play mid till this.

      • Gary Page
        August 10, 2013

        I guess I’m old fashioned. I think a defender’s first priority should be to defend and stop the other team from scoring. Beasley is still not that good a defender and I think F. Johnson is better in that role.

      • Mueller
        August 11, 2013

        I think we should try Dempsey out on the LW at some point. He is really effective cutting in and would be good at combining with FJ. A replay of the Spurs-Lazio Europa League game last year was on Fox Soccer yesterday and he great on the LW. Also this lets Donovan play as the second striker which I think is his best spot.

      • Brett
        August 11, 2013

        It’s like I’m seeing colors for the first time. I’ve been screaming this for months. The difference is this is why I feel Fabian needs to be partnered with someone else who can go wide AND cut inside. Beasley has always seemed a stop-gap to me because of the one-dimensional play you mentioned.

    • The Imperative Voice
      August 11, 2013

      Ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  5. Eric
    August 7, 2013

    Would like to see as much of a Europe-based squad as possible for this one…not only because of geography, but also because we have some really exciting players in Europe whom JK might not have the opportunity to get a long look at during Camp Cupcake (Aron Johansson, JAB, etc). That being said, I expect to see a few MLS/MX-based players on this squad, but hopefully not very many.

    • Gary Page
      August 8, 2013

      I agree and think Klinsmann will agree also. One thing that struck me when I looked at thBosnia roster were the number of players–8–that don’t play in top leagues. They could be beatable. Also, I would like to see Johannson start with Altidore to see how the new guy looks and how well the two of them can play together.

      • Lost in Space
        August 8, 2013

        Johannson isn’t going to play. He’ll be in camp but until FIFA rules on his 1 time switch, he cannot actually play in a match for either country.

      • The Imperative Voice
        August 11, 2013

        Yeah the reality is that Johannson is in a race with time and unless he sets Holland afire will probably get one or two looks which will have to go very well to get him in the final team. And I agree unless he gets a quick FIFA approval he misses this chance, at which point we go back to games that count and it’s harder to integrate him.

        I think if he doesn’t get his paperwork for this one we won’t see him until we clinch.

  6. Kevin
    August 7, 2013

    I just don’t see JK bringing in MLS or MX players. I think that second lineup is much more likely than the first.

    That being said, what I may be looking forward to most is seeing Aron Johannsson in the team. I think this will be the beginning of a terrific USMNT career for him.

    • Hogatroge
      August 7, 2013

      While I would be with you in principle, people said the exact same thing about the squad called in to play Italy last year, and France/Belgium in 2011.

      That said, a lot of the MLS players just missed a ton of time with WCQ & Gold Cup duties, so maybe they will get a break this time.

  7. Swanny
    August 7, 2013

    The team I’d run out for the next qualifying match. You could always switch Donovan and Dempsey if width is an issue there.

    —————-Altidore——————————-
    —————————-Donovan—————–
    Dempsey———————————Zusi——
    ————–Cameron————Bradley————-
    F. Johnson—Besler—–Gonzalez—-Chandler
    ———————-Howard———————–

    • John
      August 7, 2013

      I agree except for Chandler, who looks awful at the moment. Even Evans might be safer choice.

      • Munson
        August 7, 2013

        Love that lineup with the exception of Chandler as well.. Cameron not as good of a player as Jones but a way better fit with Bradley. And I would take anyone at right back over Chandler. Anyone ever talk about Bedoya at right back? Naturally speedy, and aggressive.

      • Lost in Space
        August 8, 2013

        Bedoya was a Withdrawn Striker/CAM/Winger with his club last year. Don’t know where his new club plans to play him, but Just don’t see him as being played as a Wing Defender.
        Especially considering the number of other options….
        Chandler, Lichaj, Evans, Parkhurst….hell I’d even take Beltran & D. Williams over Bedoya as a wing back.

      • leaveitto BEAVER
        August 8, 2013

        I think it’s time to consider a youthful right back, no disrespect to Evans or Cherundolo but DeAndre Yedlin showed off at the U-20s and made the MLS All Star team.

      • The Imperative Voice
        August 11, 2013

        When have people actually seen Chandler play recently?

        But the rumor is FJ and Williams (!?) in Chandler out.

    • Todd Marsch
      August 7, 2013

      I don’t know if you intended this connection, but I was thinking a good way to pick the side for the Bosnia friendly would be to think about who you’d want starting against Costa Rica is September, try to bring in as many of those guys as possible, but find replacements for guys with slight knocks or really untenable travel/club situations.

    • ozotkd
      August 7, 2013

      This would be a great line up.

  8. Tim S.
    August 7, 2013

    I could see JK only bringing two “must-have” MLSers into the squad with Dempsey and Donovan, then possibly Beasley. I hope he does not bring anyone all the way across the pond and away from their clubs who does not start in the match.

  9. Seth
    August 7, 2013

    I thought it was confirmed that Bobby Wood was called in

  10. Roman Lewandowski
    August 7, 2013

    Lichaj

    • baropbop
      August 8, 2013

      +1

    • The Imperative Voice
      August 11, 2013

      I lack faith in Evans/ Cameron/ Parkhurst so I’d call him in.

      I have the same basic response to Goodson (Bambi on rollerskates) and Gonzo (mental errors).

      The only backs who should be penciled in are Beasley and Besler. We gave up a few goals at Gold Cup and against the Belgians and Germans.

  11. Victor
    August 7, 2013

    Yeah you forgot about Bobby Wood who I think you reported Klinsmann said he was bringing in a U-20 player lol

    • Ives Galarcep
      August 7, 2013

      I didn’t forget Wood. He’s on one of the projected guys on here, though if Klinsmann brings a full-strength squad there may not be room for him. Also, I didn’t report that Klinsmann SAID he was bringing a U-20 in, I wrote that I’ve been told that a U-20 will be called into the team, and it should be noted Bobby Wood wasn’t on the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team.

      • Seth
        August 7, 2013

        But hasn’t it been confirmed that Wood has in fact been actually called in?

  12. Fred
    August 7, 2013

    They should just call Donovan, Dempsey, and Beasley..Let’s just go with the European players this time around. Hopefully Cameron gets a run at CB

    Looking at the situations and with JAB and Johannson, I think this is our 23 for Brazil barring injuries:

    Goalkeepers: Howard, Guzman, Rimando
    Defense: Cherundolo, Chandler, Besler, Gonzalez, JAB, Cameron, Beasley
    Midfielders: Bradley, Jones, Diskeruud, F. Johnson(LB as well), Shea, Bedoya, Zusi, Donovan(FW as well)
    Forwards: Altidore, Dempsey, E. Johnson, Johannson
    I just don’t know who is #23. Does he bring Beckerman, one of his favorites? Or Goodson, another CB? Cameron can also play CB, CM, or RB. Or does he bring Herc or another DM who has touch like Torres? Does Boyd step up? Does Holden recover in time? What do you think?

    • Fred
      August 7, 2013

      I forgot about Brad Evans as well.

    • Lost in Space
      August 7, 2013

      Think your close to the 23….but would make the following additions/subtractions
      You can rule out Holden in the 23. Until JAB is committed to the US (accepts this call up over Germany U-21) I’d rule him out of the 23 as well.
      In their place I’d add Lichaj as the darkhorse in Defense (will depend on Dolo’s recovery), Goodson (Until JAB Commits), and Mixx in the Midfield as an option for Holden.
      The 23rd selection will depend on a number of things…the biggest is the form/health of the 22 & The opponents we draw in the Group Round. The 23rd player is usually a wild card….but a lot can happen between now and June so too early to predict who those last 3 slots will be filled by.

      • Fred
        August 7, 2013

        Yea your right about Brooks, he’s not committed yet but I have this itch he will the USA so he could maybe play the World Cup in 2014. I like Lichaj but Klinnsman doesn’t really rate him, let’s see if he calls him for Bosnia. Goodson is ok but he’s a step behind against real competition. #23 should be somebody who’s versatile.

      • Lost in Space
        August 7, 2013

        Agree that versatility is key for the last couple spots on a WC Squad, and JK has done a great job of trying players in multiple positions. That’s why I think players like Cameron (CB/CM/RB), Lichaj (RB/LB/RM), Beasley (LM/LB), F. Johnson (LB/LM/RM/RB),

      • louis z
        August 11, 2013

        Don’t forget EJ too, heck, I think half the team can play more than one position.

      • The Imperative Voice
        August 11, 2013

        How committed does he have to be? “I don’t want to mess around with the kids’ tourneys call me in for the senior team.” And so we do. That’s the USMNT fast track. Why does every German have to be suspect…..count your blessings.

        Goodson stinks and Gonzo is raw. I don’t mind them trying out CB options.

    • Troy
      August 8, 2013

      I doubt that JK and Sigi Schmid’s conversation today was about taking 3 guys away from the Sounders when they are in a crucial stretch to make the playoffs. Maybe they call Johnson but I think Dempsey will stay especially when he isnt even fully fit as of yet because of the transfer and has been sick for a few days.

      JK may do it but I just dont see it.Then again I DONT want to see it. In meaningful games against Costa Rica and Mexico I fully expect it.

      • The Imperative Voice
        August 11, 2013

        I could also see Dempsey out as a JK grumble about his choice of club side. Personally I see it as a net plus because Dempsey didn’t seem as dominant after the Spurs move.

  13. Chris
    August 7, 2013

    I’d be surprised if Klinsi takes Bedoya since he just completed a move to Nantes and needs time with his new team having no pre-season training with them up to this point…

    Alternatively, perhaps Sebastian Lletget gets the nod?… Plenty of positive reports coming out of West ham preseason camp about him….

    • louis z
      August 7, 2013

      I’m hoping Wooten gets a look at RW/RM. To me, he is very impressive for being a natural striker, his defense is superb.

      • louis z
        August 11, 2013

        I don’t think Wooten is going to get his chance, he is playing on Monday and right now he is not even starting. tough break for the kid.

  14. KingGoogleyEye
    August 7, 2013

    I have no faith in Chandler. Even if he plays in this friendly, will he actually make the trip to play against Costa Rica? Any reports on how he meshes (or not) with the other players?

    • beachbum
      August 7, 2013

      I’m with you. But maybe Klinsmann gives him the chance to earn faith here again? He does that with the players he prefers, he’ll show belief and show confidence in them in the face of all kinds of factors, maybe for different reasons player to player, but it’s what coaches do right? Ultimately you have to perform and repay the belief or not when the opportunity arises of course and Klinsmann’s been pulling the strings pretty well lately. For me, I’d rather see Evans get the call of the MLSers to see what he can do in this situation after showing well in the qualis, and can he step up again, let’s see?

  15. Ali Dia
    August 7, 2013

    I just spat out my lunch after realizing Tim Ream still exists.

    • MLS_Soccer_Talker
      August 7, 2013

      Hey..thats not a nice way to treat a sandwich

      • Thatkidnandez
        August 10, 2013

        Women work real hard to make those what a waste. jokes…

      • Joamiq
        August 12, 2013

        That sandwich is a hell of a lot more tasteful than your jokes

  16. DUDEEROO
    August 7, 2013

    please no Gold Cup players. Let them play with their teams.

  17. jack
    August 7, 2013

    What about Andrew Wooten, Joe Gyau, Conor O’Brien, Tony Taylor, or Seb Lletget?

    • Elite Hunting
      August 9, 2013

      Please NO to all of them. None are of USMNT quality at this point.

      • JF
        August 9, 2013

        quality is the wrong word. They don’t have the experience.

      • ACS
        August 10, 2013

        Wooten played more games then Wood and Morales did last year in the 2. Bundesliga. He now is starting for one of the best if not the best team in the 2. Bundesliga in Kaiserlautern and a year and a half ago was starting games in the Bundesliga.

      • louis z
        August 11, 2013

        I like Wooten but he is no longer starting, the team brought other forwards and RW at the last minute, he is 3rd in the striker and winger depth chart.

  18. Carlos
    August 7, 2013

    I vote to keep the MLS/MX players at home for this one. Plenty of new guys in Europe that need to be tested & evaluated.

    • soccrnut
      August 7, 2013

      YEDLIN at right back. He is the future, start getting him ready now!

      • Troy
        August 8, 2013

        +1 He isnt ready for WCQ or WC or anythingg but getting his feet wet would be a good idea. Who knows he may be up to the challenge just like every other challenge he has had.

      • bl
        August 9, 2013

        everyone needs to slow down a bit on Yedlin. He has all the talent but lets not rush him…He has so much to learn (tactically/positioning/etc) and working with Sigi on a daily basis is better than throwing him into the deep water at this point. Lets see if he can keep improving over the next year and look to him as the possible RB for the next cycle. No point in rushing him now when there is little chance of him making the WC Roster. These camps and friendlies should, at this point, be reserved for people who are really in the final pool to make the WC Roster.

      • Thatkidnandez
        August 10, 2013

        Yeah because we totally know who are starting RB is…

  19. Rooney
    August 7, 2013

    Why wouldn’t Beckerman be included? He looked awesome in the Gold Cup.

    • louis z
      August 7, 2013

      Yes, he looked awesome in the Gold Cup, but this is not the Gold Cup B teams.

    • The Imperative Voice
      August 11, 2013

      I think it would be a wiser call than playing pretend with Danny Williams some more. There’s a spectrum to me and at some point being lousy A team like Kljestan or Williams is no better — if not worse — than the better B guys.

  20. Beto
    August 7, 2013

    LICHAJ please! He has desrived a call up for so long and now is the time in a meanless friendly or you can fly an MLS/MX player around the world to sit on the bench…

    So can AJo and JABrooks play in this game or are they more likely to attend camp ala JJones in 2010

    • Lost in Space
      August 7, 2013

      JAB can play, but may not….AJo will be in camp ala 2010 Jones (minus the injury)

      • Beto
        August 7, 2013

        Thanks. In that case il go with

        Gk howard, guzan, clark/cropper
        Lb fjohnson, lichaj
        Lcb brooks, besler
        Rcb cameron, gonzalez/goodson
        Rb parkhurst, chandler
        Cm bradley, jj, mix, sasha, williams
        Wingers bedoya, chandler, gyau
        St jozy, ajo, boyd, wood

        —–Jozy——–Boyd—-
        -Bedoya————Chandler-
        ———–JJ—-MB——-
        FJ—Besler—Gonzalez–Parkhurst
        ————Howard——–

  21. B1879
    August 7, 2013

    First name: Brad
    Last name: Davis

    In the event that we find ourselves down for the count, you know he can save us.

    • zztoppppp
      August 7, 2013

      Hahahaha. Yes!

  22. zztoppppp
    August 7, 2013

    I strangely really like the roster without any MLS or Liga MX players, I would make one change to the lineup though.

    ——————Altidore—————–
    F. Johnson—–Diskerud——–Bedoya
    ———-Jones——–Bradley———-
    Lichaj—Brooks—Cameron—Chandler
    —————Howard———————

    • SBI TroII
      August 9, 2013

      Oh wow, this looks really good. Only problem I can see is with Mix playing with Jones and Bradley but he can be withdraw for a forward at half.

  23. zztoppppp
    August 7, 2013

    Also, what does everyone think of the possibility of any of these European players getting a call?

    Johnathon Spector, Joe Gyau, Steve Clark, Julian Green, and Mario Rodriguez.

    • Lost in Space
      August 8, 2013

      Spector out with facial fractures. Green is maybe too young/inexperienced. Otherwise I wouldn’t have any issues with them.

    • ACS
      August 10, 2013

      Green is playing for Germany’s U19 squad this coming week so he is out for this go around.

    • The Imperative Voice
      August 11, 2013

      I like wing speed with Gyau but with how he got used at the U23 tourney and has struggled for footing in Germany he’s a wild card in terms of what to think.

  24. kcee
    August 7, 2013

    Not Brad Evans
    Not Clint Dempsey
    Not Eddie Johnson

    Everyone else, yes !

  25. euroman
    August 7, 2013

    This is a throw away match with very few players you’ve ever heard of with a handful of A-teamers. No MLS/ Mex league players make this midweek match.

  26. Scott e Dio93
    August 7, 2013

    I like to see Kevin Bacon start-up with Boyd start in attack, while Mix and Bradley as midfield Admirals. Bedoya, Johnson or someone else could start on the flanks.

    Dempsey and Goodson need to adapt with their new teams, rest them.

  27. fleninho
    August 7, 2013

    Has Aron Johannsson’s switch actually been processed yet?

    • louis z
      August 11, 2013

      no word yet. but he will be at the game nevertheless.

  28. louis z
    August 7, 2013

    How I wished AJ could play in this game, I just don’t see his paperwork be done in time, he is our future SS.

    If JAB is going to show up, he is going to play, imagine him passing up the U21 so he can ride the bench the whole game? not a chance.

  29. bryan
    August 7, 2013

    Bild reported Bobby Wood got a call up.

  30. Pint For The Pitch
    August 8, 2013

    I don’t see it Ives, I think there is enough talent in Europe to justify not calling in MLS/Liga MX guys who are only going to get 24-48 hours together (after playing weekend games), have to play a world top-20 team, then fly back to the Western Hemisphere for more games within 3 days…I should rephrase, I can see it, but I hope it doesn’t happen.

    We have a chance to give the European guys, especially the ones who played decently in the Gold Cup like Bedoya and Diskerud and extended shot against real talent before potentially giving them a run out against the Hex. As much as we don’t want to admit it, this is just a friendly and wearing out your Western players who are in the middle of a playoff push (or in the case of Liga MX just starting their seasons) seems like a mistake. Remember players like Dempsey and Zusi were left out of the Russia game last November, same thing here IMHO

    Klinsmann should call his first and second team Euro guys, then treat it like January Camp 2.0 (but in August)

    Love that you are going the Cody Cropper route, he’s a good kid and who knows could get a shot at starting in 5+ years, especially if he stays in a European system). I’d like to hear your take on Steve Clark who had been solid in the past up in Scandinavia ( for the record, I’d take Cropper too)

    P4TP

    • Thatkidnandez
      August 10, 2013

      lletget? Hines? MAKI TALL?

  31. baropbop
    August 8, 2013

    It amazes me that anyone would still consider pairing Bradley and Jones together in a formation anywhere close to this. It has consistently failed. Stop it.

    • Del Griffin
      August 10, 2013

      I woudln’t say failed, but it does not look like the optimum deployment of our forces.

  32. leaveitto BEAVER
    August 8, 2013

    DeAndre Yedlin at Back.

  33. bigdog
    August 8, 2013

    beckerman over klestan.

    • Thatkidnandez
      August 10, 2013

      Corona over Beckerman

  34. Bo
    August 9, 2013

    NO MLS PLAYERS!!!

    This is only a friendly, let them play for their clubs.

  35. biff
    August 10, 2013

    As I said in a previous thread, I don’t think we see Timothy Chandler in this camp, but rather Eric Lichaj and Brad Evans. Highly possible that if Klinsmann calls in Timothy that he will decline due to fatigue or an injury that magically disappears a day later. Will anyone really be surprised if Timothy turns down a call-up?

    • Thatkidnandez
      August 10, 2013

      Lichaj isnt in form yet. Yedlin would make more sense.

      • Doug B
        August 11, 2013

        2 full 90 starts isnt in form yet? Eric deserves a call.

  36. biff
    August 10, 2013

    And, actually, Klinsmann might not even call up Chandler, whose club form has been bad and does not really merit a call-up. Another possibility is that Klinsmann is having difficulty ignoring Chandler’s lack of commitment to the team the past 20 months and the potentially negative effect that could have on team chemistry. Let’s not forget, it is firmly documented that Klinsmann wanted Chandler for the Gold Cup and Timothy did not accept. Can you imagine how Klinsmann would have felt if Landon Donovan had declined? The Gold Cup was the golden opportunity for Timothy to finally show his commitment to the team and show his fellow teammates he cared and my hunch is Klisnmann was not happy with the rejection.

    Maybe Klinsmann is finally fed up with Timothy and will no longer consider him for the WC 2014. That would certainly give Timothy food for thought. Next summer Chandler could watch the USMNT playing in Brazil on TV from the comfort of his own home or his beach-front hotel in Greece, where he spent the end of May and June this summer while others were helping the USMNT qualify. And then in autumn 2014 Timothy can decide if he wants to actually work harder for the team to put himself back in contention for WC 2018.

  37. Dudester
    August 10, 2013

    Because we don’t have a dearth of natural LB talent I would put Greg Garza as a darkhorse.Not for this game particularly but for the World Cup.I can def see him breaking into the A squad soon.El turko gave him a chance to start at Tijuana with Castillo at the gold cup and he has done well enough to push el homie up to LM.#futureUSMNTLB

    • Thatkidnandez
      August 10, 2013

      Castillo looks so dangerous at LM. Castillo only looks good as a lb in liga mx because he’s really fast and the fact that you can get away with alot in mexico. I’ve always thought of him a st because that is his natural position back since he was at santos.Garza is a bright spot i hope he has a good year so he can move to the bundesliga.

      • Dudester
        August 10, 2013

        Not too many people have been noticing how good he’s doing at Xolos since the start of the clausura.FJ prefers playing wing and Chandler is a clown.That leaves who as young fullback options.Garza and Yedlin are the future at LB and RB respectively.

      • beachbum
        August 10, 2013

        Edgar played well last night up the field imo, really pushing the game on that left flank. Xolos are fun team to watch

      • DCUnitedWillRiseAgain
        August 11, 2013

        Not terribly young, but Lichaj went 90 for Nottingham Forest, so I don’t think he is out of the conversation yet.

  38. AC
    August 10, 2013

    Don’t like Altidore and Johnson starting together. Altidore the better talent but their playing styles are too similar. I’d like to see Donovan as that 2nd striker.

    • Thatkidnandez
      August 10, 2013

      Let’s hope charlie davies regains form in NE because man that chemistry they had in SA was great. i know it’s a real long shot but hey surprises happen everyday in sports

      • Tyrone
        August 11, 2013

        Nandez you seem to live in some sort of alternate MNT fantasy world, where guys like Davies, Gil, and Yedlin have a chance of going to the world cup…

    • John
      August 10, 2013

      While I’d also like to see Altidore and Donovan as well. I don’t think Altidore and Johnson’s game are all that similar. Altidore is best with his back to goal, bringing guys in or finding space in the box and finishing. Altidore is a much more complete technical player and a threat from outside the box. Johnson is best making a timed runs or winning some headers. Those 2 strengths of Johnson do happen to still be Altidore’s weakness making them very different kind of strikers to me.

      • Joamiq
        August 12, 2013

        I disagree. Altidore has gotten much better with his back to goal, but his bread and butter is and always has been going at goal

  39. Thatkidnandez
    August 10, 2013

    Yedlin needs to be tested plain and simple as does Gil seriously this thing about ahh their too young needs to stop we need to test options and see who has what it takes instead of calling older players who are just wasting space

    • CroCajun1003
      August 11, 2013

      I’m actually elated that we’ve gotten a point as a soccer nation that we don’t need to trot out our teenage sensations as national team saviors. We’ve seen time and time again that putting huge expectations on a still developing teenagers can negatively impact their development.

      Gil, JackMac, Fagundez (eventually), and Yedlin are all gifted players that will likely one day impact the national team, but they are not making the USMNT roster because they are not good enough yet. This is a good thing. Let’s allow them to grow.

    • Lil’ Zeke
      August 11, 2013

      Your plain simplicity doesn’t have “what it takes” to analyze these issues

  40. baropbop
    August 10, 2013

    He should bring in a bunch of Left/Right backs…as it seems to me that’s the only position truly up for grabs….But, I guess there is also the battle for one outside midfield position. I know everyone is excited about Brooks, but I really can’t see him starting over the more experienced guys with 1 year to go.
    I hope that both Cameron and Jones are in camp together….which I think will result in Cameron winning the job.
    I’m betting that Dempsey and EJ playing together every week will ultimately result in EJ being the starting forward. Although I think it’s safe to expect Boyd or Herc, and Altidore on the plane.
    So by my calculation we have. EJ, 2, donovan, bradley, Cameron or Jones, goodson/gonzalez/besler, howard as definite starters. Outside backs and 1 outside mid undecided.

    • CroCajun1003
      August 11, 2013

      You think EJ will pass up Jozy on the depth chart? I’m a big EJ fan, but I don’t see that happening. And judging by his stellar start to the season, I think Aron Johanson will be a tough man to leave off the plane.

      • Dudester
        August 11, 2013

        Two things I’m sure of, unless hell freezes over JJ and Altidore will start next summer.Along with Dempsey, Bradley FJ and Howard.Those are our locks for next summer.Barring some unforeseen event happening of course.

      • CroCajun1003
        August 11, 2013

        Spot on.

  41. Dudester
    August 11, 2013

    Not unprecedented for JK to release the roster as late as possible.Why he does it, I don’t know.He must think its of some adavantege.

    • The Imperative Voice
      August 11, 2013

      It’s PR. The players already generally know.

      The irony being he still calls up hurt players about every time.

  42. Brett
    August 11, 2013

    I hope he sticks with his Euros for this one.

    Hoping to see Brooks/Goodson partner in the middle, Fabian and Timmy on the flanks.

    Bradley and Jones running the pulley in the middle, Bedoya, Mix, and Fred Morales in the trident behind Jozy. This is assuming that AJ doesn’t get the OK to play, in which case I would play him instead of Fred.

    If the game goes our way, we can pull out the regulars. If not, we can sub in Boyd and/or Wood and push the attack. Cameron is the utility man in case anyone gets hurt or booked.

    • Dudester
      August 11, 2013

      If Bradley, Jones Diskerud and Morales play that’s four cmids.I don’t think that will happen.We might see some surprise picks for the wide spots.Maybe Gyau and Wooten.

  43. Adam
    August 11, 2013

    I am afraid that with such a short time together, this team assembled by JK will end the winning streak

  44. JB
    August 11, 2013

    if the USA doesn’t win the world cup, then I would like to see either belgium or bosnia win it.

  45. mystic traveler
    August 11, 2013

    i would still love to see COB get a call up. he is less than 900 miles away near Copenhagen, played 90 today for Nordsjaeland against Copenhagen, 45 at cm and 45 at rb i believe. He is close by and in game shape.

  46. Karlthewonderyak
    August 12, 2013

    Zusi’s been out injured. Let him heal.

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