It has been a very busy last few days for me, but now we go back to the clipboard for the much discussed USMNT No. 10 slot.
To me, this situation kinda sorts itself. If Dempsey really has lost a step or a mental step or some such quality factor, then yeah, I might actually say to start Mix. For reals. His central park game has strengthened over his caps and he understands how to deal the deck around the area. Besides, we also have Bedoya and Donovan around, both of whom are perfectly capable of running behind the striker and dropping deep as pressure valve. All in all, I rarely ever worry about this place on the field.
I think the Under-20 World Cup experience puts Gil ahead for the alternate slot. Frankly, I would not have objected to seeing Dillon Powers and/or Kelyn Rowe in Mexico camp. I think of all the positions, it is most possible for the super-green (no Julian pun intended) to actually make some World Cup impact: this one and wingers. Not knowing what a speedy talent will do can give even the most solid of veterans a brain fit. And Diskerud has this unknown danger aspect to him, to an extent. But I digress.
- Greg Seltzer