Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hmm.

Today's subs bench has a couple of entertaining names not seen there yet in this tourney. It looks like 100% Jamaica will see a 4-2-3-1 at the top of the hour.

Howard; Cherundolo, Goodson, Bocanegra, Lichaj, Jones, Bradley, Bedoya, Kljestan, Dempsey, Altidore

Bench: Hahnemann, Ream, Bornstein, Edu, Adu, Donovan, Agudelo




- Greg Seltzer

10 comments:

bhamhawker said...

Donovan has been pretty poor in the event, though it sucks our best replacement is the equally awful Kljestan.

Pick your poison, I guess.

Since all Donovan does is take free kicks (all of them), who will take them today? Kljestan? Bedoya?

Greg Seltzer said...

Kljestan or even Bradley, who has taken the odd restart at H'veen and 'Gladbach.

bhamhawker said...

Feel like you would rather have Bradley's noggin on the other end, right? He's better with his dome than the alternatives.

Greg Seltzer said...

Bedoya's inclusion keeps the numbers up in there if Mikey takes.

Greg Seltzer said...

Just a guess, by the way - not necessarily my own preference.

bhamhawker said...

Not sure I like the idea of leaving Altidore alone up top with Kljestan being the pivotal piece in a 4-2-3-1.

Just curious - any idea why Spector and Edu seem to be on the outs? I don't see why Edu can't take Bradley's spot, moving Bradley further forward into Kljestan's spot?

If "depth" is the concern, Spector can play Edu's current role off the bench.

Just somewhat shocked that someone who has been as good as Edu has over the last 18 months can get so summarily left out of a weak squad.

Alex Larsen said...

kljestan looked pretty good to me.

Greg Seltzer said...

Yup, probably his best USMNT outing ever (the hat trick was against B- Sweden in a meaningless game).

Will said...

It's not Edu's fault, but his natural position happens to be arguably the team's biggest strength. I don't know that there's an argument to be made for starting Edu over Bradley and certainly not Jones right now. And Bradley is a box-to-box midfielder. I'd be more than a little uncomfortable slotting him in just under a striker as a trequartista type in a 4-5-1 format, more so because he'll track back and be unable to recover in time to head up the attack. I think having him more centrally located is where he's comfortable, so that's where he should stay.

That said, having one striker and letting the offense flow organically through holes behind Agudelo worked well. I'd like to see that more, especially since we have no idea what Jozy's status will be. Maybe this will finally provide Bob the inertia to release his ninja death grip on the 4-4-2.

over there said...

I'm calling Lichaj our first choice Left Back now. It's official. At least until he 'effs up in the next game. :)