Well... two out of three ain't bad, anyway. But the truth is, with everyone fit, we could probably list eight decent choices for this position, which has become the roster's most crowded dogfight in recent years. I think it makes sense, as it was definitely an American soccer upbringing that produced Bradley, the most important player to this current side. I will use this moment to remind everyone that I predicted he would become pretty much this exact player for the USMNT back when he was just starting to get sub minutes with Heerenveen. Of course, my Benny Feilhaber prediction from the same column fell a little bit short, but we will just look past that tidbit today.
I know many will bristle, but Jones to me is a perfect 60th minute (or earlier, if necessary) impact sub for this tournament, almost regardless of situation. Kljestan is having a significant form dip at the wrong time. At this point, despite all the Champions League exploits, he may need to worry more about all the Dax McCartys of the world coming up behind him than he is about catching Jones. Or he could turn on the offense over the next several weeks and re-enter the #10 discussion. Something, man.
- Greg Seltzer