This is a little tricky. Here you see Altidore still listed as starter and Boyd (the most prototypical #9 of current pedigree past him) in the top spots. Does that mean I foresee AJ and Agudelo missing out in 2018? Not necessarily, not by a long shot. It is quite possible we will see these guys share time at other positions in Russia - the former perhaps underneath the striker and the latter out wide.
Any way it goes, this is bound to be another squad battle royale, even there is a lot of unproven youth beyond those top four guys (including Salgado, who I am not even close to ready to give up on).
Jack McInerney *(who I can confirm did not write Bright Lights, Big City)
Also being monitored: Gyasi Zardes, Victor Pineda, Alonso Hernández, Lynden Gooch, Jordan Morris, Omar Salgado, Zach Pfeffer, Ben Spencer, Jack McBean
I will try to get up the list of "approved" secondary position players tomorrow, but it has proven to be a very busy week so far and I haven't even had time to film a new freestyle video. If not, I will take care of that AND name the "final" 23 in forecast AND dish out various wrinkles and responsibilities, such as penalties, restarts and the captain's armband.
- Greg Seltzer