Monday, October 6, 2014

Things that make you go hmmm.

I thought this was supposed to be a crowded camp. Maybe the MLS playoff race took a hearty bite there. Also, the USMNT site has Ibarra as a forward, but Green as a midfielder. Dungetit. Then there's the obvious that call-ups no longer must be playing (apparently). Of course, you all already know what my final bug-eyed look is about, and his name is Eric.

G - Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

D - John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)

M - Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)

F - Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

- Greg Seltzer


Freegle said...

I like that this roster is lacking anyone who has no potential age-wise to help in 2018 (save Donovan of course) but Klinsmann continues to make puzzling decisions. He didn't even call in enough field players to have 11v11 sessions in training. That's a silly problem to create for yourself.

Tybz said...

So several guys I thought might be on this NT roster are instead going to Brazil with the U-23s.

Is it that JK is placing the U23 experience as being more important to the likes of Rubin and Hyndman etc than time with the seniors?

I'm cool with that if that is what's going on.

Jay said...

@Freegle: other than Nick Rimando, you mean. He's only three months younger than Tim Howard!

@Tybz: perhaps Klinsmann is suggesting the U23 experience is more important than playing a retirement match for Donovan.

Personally, I'm just happy Shea didn't get called in again

Tybz said...

Good point Jay

Freegle said...


Rimando is a GK and they potentially as longer shelf life. Also, Cropper is with the U-23s so I'm not too worried about that.

Also, I think this match is more important than a testimonial for Donovan. Ecuador is no pushover and is bringing a strong roster.

dikranovich said...

In the past if you did not think FJ could handle right back, or that DMB could apply himself on the left, then there might have been cause for concern over the omission. As it was, they both could handle the respective positions, which brought me a couple of W's in the debate columns.

Now I think lichaj is just rounding back into form and his team is in a dogfight for top spot and automatic promotion into the big time. The smart money is on lichaj getting called in this cycle.

Unknown said...

ecuador is not bringing a strong roster. this is the B+ roster of a team that does not play well away from the Andes. we should dispatch them.
no caicedo, no valencia, no mikey, no jefferson.

Tony M said...

Freegle, "Klinsmann" and "puzzling" is redundant.

Connor Walsh said...

This Lichaj business is unbelievable.

Greg Seltzer said...

Yeah, it rather is. And I seem to be the only scribe openly baffled (or maybe I just miss it).

Freegle said...

Greg what's your take on the Wondo inclusion?

dikranovich said...

that's an easy one, san jose is out of the playoffs, and wondo is good for young strikers in practice.

Jay said...

@Freegle: Yeah, sure, let's presume I'm not aware that GK have longer career viability than, say, every field player ever. Let's just presume.

However, the scenario is still such that Rimando will be 39 years old at the next World Cup, and FFS really come on now. Goalkeepers rarely make it to that age and even more rarely make it to that age still able to play at a high level. We're talking about the third string 'keeper for the national team. Nick is my homeboy, and he has impressive wit, but he isn't going to have that longevity.

Call me a homer (*hey homer!*) but I think Sean Johnson should have been called in. The Fire are toast for the season -- certainly not competing for the playoffs like RSL are -- and Johnson has shown the technical ability to compete on this level. He's certainly been vetted just as well as Hamid.

Also, finally, I think you overestimate Klinsmann's cynicism.

Jay said...

Overestimate, underestimate, whatever. Point stands.

dikranovich said...

jay I think coach klinsmann made a clear mandate that this camp was about connecting the younger generation and older and its guys like wondo and rimando that make that happen.

what coach klinsmann is really saying is that he wants the younger generation to pick up on the strong work ethic of the older players.