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