Monday, July 28, 2014


Putting together an attack line for the USMNT circa-World Cup 2018 is a complex undertaking. There are so many young veterans and prospects, and there will be plenty of debate on what station many of them best project. I began with starters and worked from there. I generally prefer FabJo slicing in from the left, but in four years his crossing game could be move toward the level of his cutback game. The folks in Utrecht think Rubin is a real keeper, and who wants to argue? Gatt needs health, Shipp seasoning and Corona perhaps just more chances during the cycle (or a more advanced position in club life) to compete.

Fabian Johnson
Rubio Rubin

Josh Gatt
Harrison Shipp
Joe Corona

Also being monitored: Graham Zusi, Daniel Cuevas, Andrew Wooten

- Greg Seltzer

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Welcome to the Thunderdome

This position could turn into a real battle royale, folks. For the first time in USMNT history.

Luis Gil
Mikkel Diskerud

Alejandro Bedoya
Kelyn Rowe
Junior Flores

Also being monitored: Sebastian Lletget, Duane Holmes, Emerson Hyndman, Dillon Powers, Alejandro Guido

- Greg Seltzer

Dizzy yet?

I have just woken up to an ace birdie telling me that DeAndre Yedlin has had a change of heart about the AS Roma option, so the Serie A club are back in the race for his services with a vengeance. The Sounders phenom is now cool with staying in Seattle until next summer, which means Roma are again drawing close to a deal.

Hope to have more later, so stay tuned.

- Greg Seltzer

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Crazy Eights

I will get two of these up today to finish the midfield. This is not an easy position to foresee, but I feel fairly confident on the top two. But watch out for Arce Jr. - his pop was a great player, one El Tri guy I always respected. And do not look past the small group of veterans, either. I mean, would you ever count out Stu Holden?

Michael Bradley
Wil Trapp

Fernando Arce Jr.
Dax McCarty
Sacha Kljestan

Also being monitored: Benji Joya, Stuart Holden, Mikey Lopez

- Greg Seltzer

Monday, July 21, 2014

This is where it starts to get tricky.

We could debate these midfield positions forever. So I will go ahead and get it started. Cameron remains my top choice here, but the fight for second looks ruthless. The ability to dart into attack suddenly gives Williams the edge, but I have been obsessed with seeing Okugo as a rover-bot destroyer ever since I watched him repeatedly confound a seriously talented Young Ajax side that included World Cup 2014 participant Joel Veltman, as well as current Ajax regulars Thulani Seraro and Ricardo van Rhijn, in a 60-minute scrimmage. Mo better still be involved in the race, too.

Geoff Cameron
Daniel Williams

Amobi Okugo
Maurice Edu
Perry Kitchen

Also being monitored: Caleb Stanko, Alfredo Morales, Jonathan Spector

- Greg Seltzer

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Watch soccer.

Here is the full final game of the NTC Invitiational, which featured a few names you may see later in my 2018 watch list depth chart thingy.

For those who do not know the result: These two teams were battling for the tourney crown, with the US Under-20's needing only a draw for the title.

- Greg Seltzer