Friday, January 3, 2014

Klinsi's January Call: 26

There are some expected names and some surprises, but my main question is about the sheer size of the group. A bit large for World Cup January, no? I'll take this as the final APB of the cycle.

G - Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

D - Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids), Chance Myers (Sporting KC), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Seth Sinovic (Sporting KC), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)

M - Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

F - Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (DC United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

- Greg Seltzer


The Streetsweeper said...

I don't know why this hasn't occurred to me until now, but I wonder to what extent Klinsmann selected players this time around based on how well they will challenge our prospective center backs and outside backs/mids.

Take a guy like Wondo. Realistically, he appears to be behind a strong stable of attacking options. However, his off the ball movement can be quite cagey… just the sort of thing Gonzalez has often struggled with. Why not give Gonzo three weeks of trying to track Wondo day in and day out?

Or take a guy like Eric Alexander. I watched more than a few Red Bull games this year. So much of his offensives production comes from beating guys on the dribble. He is among the most underrated one-on-one dribblers in the league: quick, crafty and physical. Does he make the final 23 to Brazil? Almost certainly not. But. Could he potentially emerge as someone to constantly test the decision-making of our starting teams' s defensive shape for the next three weeks? Seems like a strong possibility.

Anyhow. It has given me a fresh perspective on some of these selections. Curious if anyone else sees the same.

Greg Seltzer said...

That is a shrewd theory. You should start a blog. :D

Diplodocus said...

What's the story behind the Agudelo absence after being initially in there?

Any truth that he's back training at Stoke?

Bernardinho said...

Good point, well-made, golf clap. *pat-pat-pat-pat*

dikranovich said...

looks like a lot of 11 v 11 and direct matchups, like gil v mix, or evans v yeldin.

gonzalez and goodson will have to prove that they can bring better game than the young rapids center back.

chris klute in the mix, this will be an interesting project, and the player that might have the most to gain. id say klute and feilhaber have the most to gain from this January camp, but really, anyone could show well, and raise their status.

WilkersonMclaser said...

Dang, what does Amobi Okugo have to do to get a Camp Cupcake call? Or Sheanon Williams, for that matter.

John said...

No complaints with this January camp roster.

dikranovich said...

interesting note, this group is headed to brasil to train during this January camp. actually, coach klinsmann is going to select 23 players to take to brasil and this will be telling.

then a game against korea in febuary, which should not be a snoozer. hopefully not!!!