That's right. Now that the USMNT has qualified for World Cup 2014, it's all fine tuning and ladder fighting until Brazil. The latter is our purpose today, and we will happily begin with the easiest position on the field: #1. For this depth chart alone, we go four deep (as in one more than the number making the final tourney roster). The other 10 slots get three names.
Just as a reminder, this is my own preference ranking - not a guess at the one made by the guy who actually sees them in training. Also, this is not a prediction for the eventual final squad of 23. It's a "right now" order.
Yes, I'm aware many are calling for Guzan to overtake Howard, and that the former was better in the Prem last season. I keep saying it: club form should be a primary factor in selection, but it ain't everything. Class and experience are permanent, so I'm still behind the Everton man. That is not to say that the up-and-comer shouldn't get a shot to grab the job if the starter has a couple of shockers in red, white and blue. Either way it turns out, the Nats will be strong in goal next summer. Relative experience is also the reason Johnson stands as the alternate.
Tomorrow, the arguments begin. I can hardly wait.
- Greg Seltzer