Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Your USMNT Line-Up

As you can imagine, I am already eager for the requisite halftime formation switch.

- Greg Seltzer

Greetings From The Old World

The USMNT sent out a video postcard to demonstrate their mindsets as they get set to take on Denmark in just under six hours.

- Greg Seltzer

Score on your debut and the chants begin...

You know the one. It is clearly audible after St. Patrick's midfielder Morgan Langley scored the capper in last night's 2-0 win over Derry City.

- Greg Seltzer

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Skipper Clint Dempsey has been ruled out of this Euro-trip of friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland. As everyone will now wonder how they'd line 'em up with him gone, I will start: with so many wingers on hand, I'd simply slide Bedoya to the #10 spot ahead of free roamer Bradley and gate hound Williams.

By the way, for anyone going to Zurich for the game, it is wholly worth the 50-60 minute lake-side drive to eat "Chicken in a Basket" at Restaurant Schlüssel - no lie. You could put that sauce on a shoe and wolf it whole.

- Greg Seltzer

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Joker is loose... POW! BAM! SHA-BANG!

Yup, Armenian Premier League top gun Cesar Romero fired a pretty 73rd minute decider at Banants on Sunday to give FC Pyunik a four-point cushion at the top of the table. The goal was his 18th on the league season and the victory was the eighth in a row for the Phoenix (not sure is that is actually their nickname, but Pyunik means Phoenix in Armenian and one stands on their crest).

And if you check the right column, you may notice his goal total jumped three instead of one; that is because he also bagged the opening double as Pyunik grabbed a 3-1 home leg win in their midweek cup semifinal opener.

- Greg Seltzer

More camp than John Waters being stranded on Gilligans Island

What I'm saying is there is a loooot of camp going down this month; in all, the USMNT program called up 61 players across three age levels for trips to Europe.

As is often the case with a Klinsi & Friends production, we have a number of dual citizens turning up in camp for the first time. Liga MX standouts Ventura Alvarado and William Yarbrough say how-do-ya-do with the Nats, Ariel Lassiter (son of the mighty Roy) will be with the pre-Olympic group and the U20's make acquaintances with Desevio Payne and recent France U-19 call-up Maki Tall.

And as is often the case with a Jurgen Klinsmann selection, I have enjoyments and then I have accent aigu-eyebrow questions. I am delighted to see Tim Ream in the group (and that FabJo is listed as a midfielder), and to have a chance to see Alvarado and Gyasi Zardes against Euro-teams. However, setting aside the usual Eric Lichaj hmmm-ing, I really need to wonder why Julian Green is getting the call right now. I am not a fan of rewarding players that are reasonably sitting in the club doghouse. I would rather see someone like Jonathan Spector given the spot to gauge his current CB level.

G - Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (León)

D - Ventura Alvarado (Club América), John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Tijuana), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton), Brek Shea (Orlando City), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham)

M - Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

F - Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht)


US U-23's
G - Charlie Horton (Cardiff City), Tyler Miller (Zweibrücken)

D - Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Oaxaca), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Will Packwood (Birmingham City), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy)

M - Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna), Ariel Lassiter (LA Galaxy II), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew)

F - Alonso Hernandez (Monterrey), Jerome Kiesewetter (Stuttgart), Alfred Koroma Shams (Austin Aztex), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC)


US U-20's
G - Jeff Caldwell (Virginia), Thomas Olsen (U. of San Diego)

D - Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham), Conor Donovan (Orlando City), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas Academy), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Desevio Payne (Groningen), John Requejo (Tijuana)

M - Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Ethan Sonis (SC Freiburg), Joel Sonora (Boca Juniors)

F - Paul Arriola (Tijuana), Bradford Jamieson IV (L.A. Galaxy), Andrija Novakovich (Reading), Maki Tall (Red Star 93), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes), Dembakwi Yomba (Atlético Madrid)

- Greg Seltzer