Wednesday, May 30, 2012
My USMNT Clipboard - Big Finish.0
It's the end of May, so as promised, here is my own final depth chart for World Cup qualifier #1. The five with asterisks are not in the squad for Klinsi's wonderfully mad five-game tourney experiment.
#1 - GK
#2 - RB
Yes, Spector takes Timothy Chandler's spot - hopefully, it's only kept warm for the time being.
#3 - RCB
I told ya Gooch would be back strong. Recognize.
#4 - LCB
Geoff Cameron fans, please hold the line...
#5 - LB
You may well be incredulous, I don't care. As I said, I'd want to know exactly what I was getting in qualifier #1 - maybe that's just wacky me. If Eric Lichaj wasn't dealing with an injury nag, he'd be the new starter here, but oh well and que sera sera and here we are. Sorry to everyone that disagrees, but Fabian Johnson really is needed in his regular role if we're pondering a best possible line-up. That's my view.
#6 - DM
Everyone's well aware of what and how Cameron plays in MLS. We aren't talking about MLS here. Up in my brain, things like skill set and position potential at this level are far more important than their typical club role.
#7 - RW
Yeah, that's right. Sweet Moses, I want to kick Gatt's tires in USMNT colors. Heaven help me, I really do.
#8 - CM
As good as Jones is in friendlies, I still love the idea of having his game-changing ability in pocket.
#9 - F
I considered moving DJ Cool Herc back to right wing, but funk dat, he's a definite impact sub. So if I'm fitting him into the tactics, I'll take him near the main impact zone, thank you very much.
#10 - AM
This is the last time I move Kljestan to a different position, I swear. Blame it on all the injuries over the duration of this exercise.
#11 - LW
Jose Francisco Torres
This just in: a very recent scientific study shows that great minds only think alike half the time. Apparently, the other half of the time, they discuss it amicably over a nosh.
Alright... have at it, you jackals.
- Greg Seltzer