It's time to close up shop on the individual positions. Next week, we'll go over the line-up and name an as-of-now, nine months before the party 23.
The top spot is easy, even if some folks are way too uneasy over Altidore's lack of league goals after three starts. With a few inches here or there and one case of proper luck, he'd have three or four by now. He's the guy, don't worry about it.
The second choice was much harder. I eventually put Jóhannsson in the second slot because of his cool demeanor in attack and technical work. He's also instantly among the pool's top three penalty takers. Don't feel bad for Johnson just yet; with his physical tools and versatility (not to mention Jóhannsson's), the Sounder striker may still make the squad cut over one of the other attacking back-ups. You'll just need to wait and see.
Obviously, this leaves Terrence Boyd ans DJ Cool Herc Gomez on the outs for the moment, but they will surely also be heard from in this fight before Brazil.
- Greg Seltzer