Friday, October 14, 2011

The Others

As promised, here is the list of USMNT players (or those hoping to be) that either narrowly missed a position's depth chart or could conceivably climb onto it before the first World Cup qualifier next June.

These are listed in alphabetical order and do remember the strength of the Top 5's above can affect how many/who is named here - it's not a straight "these are the best other players overall" situation. Just to stay consistent, we roll them out by shirt number role in the 4-3-3.

And before anyone laughs at a few of the younger, greener names, I'll remind that none of you had any clue Timothy Chandler even existed one year ago:

#1 - Marcus Hahnemann, Matt Pickens, Nick Rimando, David Yelldell

#2 - Sean Franklin, Chance Myers, Sheanon Williams

#3 - Ike Opara

#4 - Nat Borchers, Cory Gibbs

#5 - Gabriel Farfan, Chris Wingert

#6 - Perry Kitchen

#7 - Eddie Gaven

#8 - Sam Cronin, Jared Jeffrey, Nick LaBrocca

#9 - Teal Bunbury, Chris Wondolowski

#10 - Luis Gil, Graham Zusi

#11 - Brad Davis, Joseph Gyau

In addition, let's recap players that made a chart while cleared for multiple positions (asterisk = for sub duty only):

Juan Agudelo (F, RW*, LW*)
DaMarcus Beasley (LW, RW)
Michael Bradley (#8, DM)

Timothy Chandler (RB, RW)

Clint Dempsey (#10, RW, LW, F)

Landon Donovan (RW, LW, #10)

Stuart Holden (#8, #10)

- Greg Seltzer


Jay said...

Has Perry Kitchen played in midfield this season at all? He started as a center back and was pushed to right back pretty quick. Haven't seen much DCU in the last two months or so, so I suppose it's possible he has.

Greg, do you have any thoughts on what it would take, barring a plague of injuries, to see some of these greener fellows move up the chart?

Greg Seltzer said...

I don't think he's started there, but as I said before, I don't necessarily agree with everything club coaches do.

Barring a rash of injuries, the younger ones basically need to blow up. Or at least demand enough attention to get the first call. The veterans lean more toward the injury rash thing, I think.

PNBklyn said...

What about Freddy Adu? He was so exciting in the Gold Cup?

Jon said...

Kitchen, Gil and Farfan are exciting prospects. I happen to think Gil is our future #10. How long will that be from now? Who knows. But there was a reason Arsenal was after him just short of his 16th birthday. Gil is a stud.

Ike Opara is also interesting, if he ever gets healthy. Hope he's healthy next season.

Greg, what do you think of Gil making an impact in 2-3 years? Is that plausible, or do you think it'll be longer? Also, I noticed John Anthony Brooks wasn't in there. He's quite a CB prospect for us. Where do you think he stands?

Greg Seltzer said...

Freddy Adu was ranked second on the #10 list.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ jon: You really never can tell with #10 types. But I think he could be Top 5 material at that position by World Cup 2014.

With Brooks, I'd say he is just off this others list. If he starts playing for Hertha's first team, he could rise quickly - but until he does, I can't place him here. Even a guy like Jeffrey has had a few years of club life. Brooks has only been a pro for a few months.

Plus, the way I have it stacked, that LCB chart is not an easy one to climb. Taking advantage of John and Parke's experience/two-footedness/game skills to slide them over really bolsters that position a great deal... if I do say so myself. :D

JustinMayhugh said...


Do you think Graham Zusi has a decent chance of at least getting a call up to the USMNT?

Tony M said...

Greg, I'm sure you have update his status before, but what's the word on Charles Rankin? He recovered from his injuries and does he still have promise?

Greg Seltzer said...

Charles is recovered, he's trying to break from the U-19 team into Hoffenheim II and he remains a great prospect.