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

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Position

Despite the fact that USMNT left backs have put in rather admirable shows in the program's last six World Cup matches, left back continues to be known as that position. You know the one, where the everlasting wish is to find a lock-solid, high-level starter in his natural place to fly the flag on flanks.

Well, just you get ready (even if Pelosi ends up working the Liverpool midfield or attack one day. And yes, I know he is in a serious recovery, but time does march on for some and he could be special. The second choice was a very tough one, but there is just something I like about Klute - can't quite put my finger on it. Do not laugh at Orozco Fiscal, who can actually fill in all along the backline and provides a set piece secret weapon far bigger than his size.

Marc Pelosi
Chris Klute

Gregory Garza
Michael Orozco Fiscal
Juan Pablo Ocegueda

Also being monitored: Seth Sinovic

On Monday, we move on to the silly crowded midfield frame for 2018.

- Greg Seltzer