Tuesday, October 9, 2012

So now what?

I saw this Landon Donovan news coming down the Lincoln Tunnel, but it turns out Brek Shea will also miss out on the final pair of second round qualifiers this coming week. Jurgen Klinsmann is not initially calling anyone as reinforcement, which has my concerns growing quickly - just not the ones you think.

No, I can't see us failing to advance. I can, however, see a narrow, rigid, static, unimaginative, direct USMNT making it to the next round with relative ease, which would frighten me in the vein of "Ugh, now it will be okay to continue in this manner" - a ka my personal nightmare, the complete antithesis to Claudio Reyna's system curriculum and more of the same stuff the coach was brought in to change.

It's official: unless Klinsi will grant my Fabian Johnson wish or call a replacement playmaker of some stripe, fingernails will be an endangered species around here come Friday. And by next week, Herculez Gomez and the other unfed strikers will be getting blasted by the same people beating Jozy Altidore on the rocks right now.






- Greg Seltzer

28 comments:

dikranovich said...

hey bro, usa loses one of these next two games and a lot more people than herc gomez and unfed strikers are going to get blasted. coach klinsmann better call in another player or two, that much is for sure.

greg, you have to release this BS dutch mentality you have. nothing matters above advancing............ NOTHING!!!!!! NOTHING!!!!!!

brian said...

greg you may get your wish now and see johnson in the midfield (taking LD spot) and then castillo would be left back? if replacements are called in any chance jozy gets a call? lichaj?

Greg Seltzer said...

@ dikranovich: Erm... that's funny, because NO ONE except Altidore is being run through the mud after the Jamaica loss.

And then back to the dikranovich-ionary...

BS Dutch mentality (n): the system that has wrought 21 Eredivisie titles, four European Cup, two World Club Cups, the Euro 88 title, three World Cup runners up finishes and arguably the finest soccer development program known to man, all since 1965.

Erik said...

Greg, what about your boy Mix? He still have that hip injury?

Greg Seltzer said...

Thigh injury... returns to full RBK training on Monday.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/10/09/american-exports-diskerud-due-return-thigh-injury

Tony M said...

Is Klinsmann doing this to me ON PURPOSE? I mean, he was my favorite player way back when. I actually wanted him after 2006. Now terrible tactics, self justifying rationalizations and this bludnering around...is it personal, Jugen? Do you hate me? Or are you really this lost in your own ego that you don't see how horrible it all is?

Greg Seltzer said...

Heh. I would not say it's horrible... but it is certainly confusing.

Jon said...

Is Dick Ranovich not the most annoying poster on this site?

Tony M said...

I'm overstating for effect...but by "the horror, the horror" I'm referring to everything from over valuing friendly results, under estiamting qualifying toughness, and hideous tactics. Not just this latest bone-headed nonsense.

As for dikranovich above, he is right that nothing matters but qualfying...and that's exactly why Klinsmann needed to call in Altidore rather than "make a point".

Jon said...

Jurgen better pray Gomez doesn't get injured on the poor pitch at A&B. his lack of depth out wide is a huge concern, but just imagine if Gomez goes down.

No Jozy. No Boyd. Could have two MLSers who've never played under Jurgen as our only strikers in a WCQer.

Jolazo said...

We don't have a single natural winger on 22 man roster. How the hell is that even possible?

Greg Seltzer said...

Fabian Johnson. :)

Jolazo said...

Touche

Alex Larsen said...

I, for one, would like to see Brad Davis brought in. Is that something you might be interested in?

Greg Seltzer said...

Yup. Even if only as a late restart specialist (not that I think that's all he's worth).

Conor Harrison said...

How about a top 5 right and left wing option column?

UnitedDemon said...

Gomez and someone else who can't cross. Should be enthralling.

Greg, not sure what hope there is of Fabian being moved up to left mid. JK may be erratic at the moment, but I doubt he's that inconsistent. Not that Johnson isn't a great option, just that our other left back options aren't.

Greg Seltzer said...

I'm confident Castillo or Parkhurst could handle Antigua & Barbuda. Hell, so could Edu or Jones, for that matter.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Conor:

Being fair to Klinsi, he's in a wing pickle right now. Many of the possible choices are either injured (Donovan, Shea), coming back form injury (Gatt), out of form (Rogers), untested at this level of competition (Pontius) or some unappetizing combination of the above (Gyau).

What would I do? I'd be directly on the phone to Chris Rolfe and Freddy Adu, if not also Brad Davis. But that's me. I'd want options for these games, especially if playing tall ball is the plan.

TrueCrew said...

Yeah, the idea that someone doesn't need to be called in who can provide some width (Gatt, Pontius, DMB, hell, even Torres or Eddie Gaven or Brad Davis) or another striker if we decide to move Deuce or Herc wide (Wondo, Boyd) is scary to me.

This is a two game set. And a vital one. Why go into it thin at a spot when you shouldn't have too.

Of course, if JK hadn't been so narrow in his wide mid selections so far (Rogers, Shea, LD & Duece) or so outright crazy (Williams), maybe some of Gatt, Pontius, or even Davis would be acclimated to the squad.

Greg Seltzer said...

That last bit is a great point.

dikranovich said...

im calling 6-1 for the a and b game. thats a scoreline to the good guys, not some strange formation. then i say jam rock win in guatemala, and kansas city becomes a formality and a big party.

sacha kljestan is going to be big over this next week. man has a lot to prove.

ewocky said...

With all of the freaking out going on here, it's worth remembering that the USMNT's last game under Klinsmann (at least the first 60 minutes) were among the finest I've ever seen from our national team. And we didn't have Bradley, Donovan, had an out of form Dempsey, etc.

Deep breath.

That said, we should bring in a replacement winger or two!

heythisisrobbie said...

TrueCrew nailed it.

The fact that Gatt, Gyau, and other wingers are untested is the most glaring problem right now.

I'm at a complete loss right now about the roster selection. I was so excited when Jurgen replaced Bob, mostly because I was fed up with Bob's inability to call in youngsters. That was Jurgen's MO in Germany....and now nothing.

Unreal.

Joosey said...

@Jolazo: I've always thought of Castillo as being a natural winger, and a LB in the same way that Fab is a LB. In any case, I think the strongest left side we can field is Fab at LB and Castillo on the wing, as Fab is a better defender than Castillo, and Castillo being in particularly good form on the wing for an overachieving Xolos at moment.

Nick said...

I'm now on board with Johnson to wing as well. Whatever makes the team better. I believe over the long haul, that's Johnson at LB, but circumstances change.

Soccertes said...

I would call DMB. In addition to being a natural winger, he's got speed, a great left foot, and best of all experience. Whatever he lacks in skills or goal production he could make up for by providing much-needed width and crossing ability. With Fabian marauding on overlapping runs these two could run the next 2 opponents' defenses ragged. Especially the Guats, who I hear are down 4 defenders right now.

Nick said...

DMB suffered an injury recently so not quite sure his status. Didn't sound serious so definitely wouldn't be opposed to his callup if available.

I'd be on the phone to Lijac as well, but it just appears that he's frozen out of the national pool at this point.