Thursday, August 4, 2011

The first Klinsi crew (updated)

We see several welcome returns and some obvious missing names (for various proper reasons) in next week's USMNT revenge squad. I am especially pleased to find the names Pearce and Shea here, but also somewhat dismayed that the names Bedoya, Diskerud and Rolfe are not listed below.

G - Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)

D - Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Étienne), Edgar Castillo (Club América), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)

M - Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca)

F - Freddy Adu (Benfica), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (L.A. Galaxy)


I also find it rather interesting that Beasley and Donovan are listed as forwards in the release. Does this, plus the inclusion of Pearce/Castillo/Torres mean we could see a 4-3-3 on re-opening night?

Hmmm...

UPDATE: Chandler was injured in training yesterday and is questionable for FCN's season opener on Saturday. And thus, let's presume he is also at least questionable for the Mexico friendly. Report coming at MLSS shortly.


- Greg Seltzer

19 comments:

Jussp2 said...

I here a lot of "he should of been called..." or "why was he called...", but to be honest I think Klinsmann made some solid choices and you have realize some players might have declined his offer and others might be getting one in the near future, so don't get too discouraged by this roster, its been a while for Clark hes been blacklisted but hes played a decent amount and seeing as its a friendly you might as well give him a shot, I'm not too happy with it but at the same time I can see it, the same goes for Heath Pierce and Tim Ream.

strago said...

I suspect we'll see Mix and Gonzalez for Belgium maybe? Overall I can't complain too much with the roster selection

Clint said...

So does this mean Chandler can play against Mexico or will he be replaced because of injury?

rambo said...

My guess is Mix will b e called in for Belgium and Gonzalez, John, maybe Convey will be called in for the game in the US.

Will said...

He's going to audition a lot of people over the next year, so I don't care too much about the roster selections at this point. As Greg pointed out, the formation and style are the key bits to watch out for.

Air said...

Interesting that we will have 4 players from the Mexican League for this game. Have we even ever had more than 2 before for any game? Not sure what this says about the Mexican primera, MLS or if it means anything at all...

Matt said...

Also interesting these slight knocks that guys are picking up right before the season starts (Lichaj, Chandler). Don't mean to be cynical but I sometimes wonder if that decision is made by the club for the player...

Greg Seltzer said...

No, Chandler actually hurt himself. People saw it and everything. You're just being super-silly-cynical.

Matt said...

Based on the USMNT blog post about Chandler, I don't think I was being all that cynical after all. Mind you, I think it's silly to expect guys who are fighting for a spot to fly across the pond for a friendly a few days after their season starts, but the club (and Timmy) clearly didn't want him to go, IMHO...

Greg Seltzer said...

I'll say this again: I learned about the injury the night before it was announced. It happened. He also was held out of parts of training for two days. This happened. He also was visibly struggling at times on Saturday.

There is absolutely no ruse about the injury. Whoever can post whatever they want, to explain whatever they want. I stand behind my reporting 10000% on this. He has a muscle nag right now, plain and simple.

Greg Seltzer said...

And here is something else to consider:

http://www.rangers.co.uk/articles/20110808/trio-out-of-internationals_2254024_2413302


Watch. Nobody will protest anything when Mo Edu plays next weekend for Rangers. There won't be a peep. Because he's already capped and not subject to wild freak outs.

Matt said...

Agreed. And, to be clear, I wasn't implying that your reporting was wrong, or that Timmy wasn't actually hurt. To me, it just highlights the uneasy relationship between clubs and national team programs (clearly not new), and the new, added wrinkle, of players being able to switch national teams, which brings a new global talent-war aspect to things.

I see your point, regarding Edu as well. But I think it's a little unfair to imply that folks are "freaking out" for no reason. It's not like folks (Subotic) haven't switched teams before, and it's okay, as a fan, to care about good, young talent with mixed loyalties playing for our team.

Matt said...

Also, I go back to my first post on this, regarding cynicism. Like it or not, in today's world it's not at all uncommon for an athlete (or really anyone) to say one thing and do another, so hence, the cynics. It's exacerbated by the fact that I'm 7,000 miles away sitting in front of a computer in San Francisco, so I have no context for what I read (like you do), but it's not completely out of line to be "freaked out" when a guy has missed the last two opportunities to play for his national team but goes on to play for his club team.

Greg Seltzer said...

That wasn't necessarily to you.

As for caring, that's one thing. Assuming the whole world is out to get you and our own players can't be trusted is another thing entirely.

I also see many of the freaked out people referencing the "loss" of Rossi to explain their skittishness.

This is a totally false premise, which perhaps could explain why some have freaked out over this: we never had Rossi to lose.

And when nervous people start making false connections between things, this is what happens.

There just is not a thing to fret over with this. It's bad timing. It happens.

Matt said...

Fortunately, I think your audience on NSC is smart enough to delineate between Rossi and, say, Subotic, who we seemed to have a chance at, however remote.

Unfortunately for you, you are part soccer scribe and part group therapist, making sure your rabble of readers stays sufficiently calm in the face of seemingly conflicting signals regarding our players.

Greg Seltzer said...

Hey, that's why I'm here. Zen guru. The reporting stuff just pays the bills.

Matt said...

I think they need you over at BigSoccer. Those people are working on a heart attack each and every day. Same with the commenters on SBI...

Greg Seltzer said...

BigSoccer has needs that dwarf any one man... Jesus couldn't chill out BS if he walked in with Ghandi and Jessica Alba.

If you wanna change the world, start on your doorstep, I always say.

Matt said...

I love that Jessica Alba is on par with the big JC and Ghandi. That sounds like the basis of a good comic strip...