Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Timmy Nation

America loves it some Tim Howard. While he remains the new Neo and a big bad Toffee, but now he is also a freight train coming at you 10 times on NBC during the upcoming Prem season.

I have actually not watched during one of his commentary jobs. Somebody tell me how he was.

- Greg Seltzer


Again, we can all debate who should go exactly where. You all know I tend to like a playmaker type from the right wing and a cut-in guy who can look for his own shot on the left. It is for this reason, you see several of these names below.

Green is an obvious pick to start in Russia, whereas the next three will fight it out, including for club PT. Watch out for Rodriguez and Bailey, who by then will bring a good physicality on the dribble and plenty of good German seasoning (a la T-Boyd) from growing up with 'Gladbach and Bayer.

With Nguyen, this is where PSV and (occasionally) the US Under-20 national team once envisioned him fitting best and I still agree with them. As for Wood, something is not clicking on the natural flank at 1860, and I feel he may better take to this side.

Julian Green
Paul Arriola

Brek Shea
Joseph Gyau
Mario Rodriguez

Also being monitored: Lee Nguyen, Kainoa Bailey, Jose Villarreal
, Bobby Wood

- Greg Seltzer

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