Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cobra Heads

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).

Jozy Altidore
Terrence Boyd

Aron Johansson
Juan Agudelo
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

16 comments:

BTM said...

Greg,

Could you call up someone at the Fire and tell them Pineda is a potential USMNT player and that they may want to consider giving him a little bit of playing time?

Thanks.

Greg Seltzer said...

Heh. I hear ya, man.

Danny Boy said...

Should probably be monitoring Alfred Koroma

RobUsry said...

If Juan Agudelo ever gets his club situation sorted, and manages to stay healthy, I think he has a chance to shoot to the top of this list. But that's a lot of if's and maybe's.

Zach said...

2018 is probably too soon for Joe Gallardo, but he looks like a stud.

soccer boy said...

Greg what is up with juan? Haven't heard anything close to being done since may

Greg Seltzer said...

Still trying to figure out the full lay of the land, but...

http://www.noshortcorners.com/2014/08/while-were-at-it.html

Brooks Staley said...

Isn't it Jack McInerney, not Jay?

Greg Seltzer said...

Ha! Good catch... mixed him up with the author of Bright Light Big City. :D

Brooks Staley said...

Classic.

jon said...

I'm anxious to see what the kid Jordan Morris is all about, as he's getting lots of hype from several of the guys that monitor youth prospects -- notably former NSC contributor Will Parchman.

Danny Boy said...

Andrija Novakovich is another player to monitor as well.

Danny Boy said...

No love for recent young American FWD Atletico Madrid signing, Dembakwi Yomba?

Greg Seltzer said...

True, but I had to stop myself somewhere! :D

Dr.Jon said...

Watching Gooch at Sunderland I realize he is a complete beast. I would put in behind Boyd for a true hold up striker in that list. Impressively manhandling people in the 2 or so matches I have seen - a back to the goal then turn and run in an aggressive way, not as much solely back to the goal hold up and pass.

Jay said...

To be fair, Pineda has gotten more playing time this season than he has in the previous three seasons combined. Yallop clearly appreciates him and clearly is making an effort to play the kids. The loan to Indianapolis is going to prepare Victor for 2015. Yallop has traded for a lot of expiring contracts this season, and next year the squad will be wide open -- Pineda will have his chance soon enough.