Instead of putting out a sprawling list of players from all positions on our World Cup 2018 watch at once, it seems tidier to copy the original NSC Clipboard slow reveal format. So, today we start with the keepers.
And just to remind regulars or to clarify for those new to this realm, this exercise is not to predict who Jurgen Klinsmann (assuming he remains the coach until Russia) will take. This exercise is to spout off about who I would take - or in this long term case, who I at this moment foresee wanting to take four summers from now. Once we get near 2018 qualifying, this will go back to being an "if Greg was boss" depth chart. For now, it is a full-on crystal ball act.... for if Greg was boss.
Just so we are all clear, with the exception of today's keeper list, I will not be naming anyone age 30 or over. That does not mean they aren't considered worthy or capable of being in the mix over this next cycle. And when the depth chart mode comes back, there will surely be some older veterans listed. But numbers do not lie, the USMNT has not brought a 34-year-old field player to a World Cup since 2002 (Jeff Agoos, in case you are wondering).
UPDATE: I should add here that by the same token, I will not be selecting anyone currently in another national team program that would require a switch. Forgot to mention that earlier.
And honestly, try not to take this Clipboard too seriously. Guessing who will be where doing what in four years is rough trade. If I get even 14-15 of the eventual 23, I will be pretty damn happy. I did a pretty decent job of predicting the recent 23 in 2014, especially considering all the dual-national switchers. But my post-World Cup 2006 calls for 2010? Oh dear, it was bad. Baaaaaad.
I will stand behind the starter pick here, but the other four could end up in any order or be passed by others.
Also being monitored: Dan Kennedy, Tally Hall, Clint Irwin, Luis Robles, Zac McMath, Caleb Patterson-Sewell
- Greg Seltzer