Monday, November 10, 2014

The Year-End Edition

The big hoorah here is seeing Lee Nguyen's name on the list for the first time in seven years. There is bit more of a veteran field presence than in recent camps, but still a few curious young fella choices. And, no, this time I will not be railing about the exclusion of Eric Lichaj, who has had a few struggles lately. I am kinda wondering when Andrew Wooten gets a look, though.


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

D - DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

M - Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)

F - Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)




- Greg Seltzer

22 comments:

Freegle said...

chrisathan borndolowstein.... inexcusable inclusion.

Freegle said...

inexcusable is the wrong word. lets change that to indefensible.

Zevi Altus said...

wondolowski is the perfect practice squad player because he works his ass off and sets a tone. dude has insane fitness levels.

and he is much better than bornstein ever was. he has 14 in 26 this year for a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad team. he's the best american striker in MLS (for now).

UnitedDemon said...

@ Zevi, agreed on the practice ground comments, but pretty sure Zardes has eclipsed Wondo by now as the best American in MLS. Really excited to see him continue to grow.

Jolazo said...

Greg, any reason why some MLS playoff players like Jones, Nguyen, Yedlin got called up but Dempsey and Omar didn't?

Also, do you think we see Jurgen continue with the 4-3-3,and if so, what do you expect the midfield to look like?

RobUsry said...

Heard anything about Yedlin's Latvian passport? UK rags saying he's got it.

Tony M said...

We should have a contest on who will be used most out of position. Jones is excluded, because he's already tipped his hand.

Any takers?

dikranovich said...

it depends tony, what would you call out of position for Fabian Johnson?

sucka!!!

dikranovich said...

guzan
fj--jj-besler--Garza
cameron-beckerman
yedlin--mix--wood
altidore

dikranovich said...

actually, bedoya, is Colombian, he should probably start, but it would be nice to see how b wood handles a full 90

Zach said...

Guzan
FJ, JJ, Beslar, Garza
Cameron
Mix Ngyuyenenyen
Yedlin Green
Altidore

Zevi Altus said...

bedoya is american, boi

zardes i considered, i dont think hes quite there yet. the reason for no zardez, omar, dempsey in this squad is that they are all in the MLS playoffs.

dikranovich said...

how about yedlin and ngyuen?

dikranovich said...

And JJ?

John Luck Pickerd said...

Crickets for the ignoramus who doesn't understand FIFA rules concerning national teams and, more importantly, doesn't allow players to declare their nationality via playing for a specific nation. Beyond the fact that there is a fundamental difference between being born in a place and being a national. Again, crickets provide the appropriate retort.

Dany Tzvi said...

not to mention bedoya was born in new jersey.

Adrian said...

Looking forward to seeing Nguyen in a nats jersey again

John Luck Pickerd said...

@ Adrian: It will be nice to see what Nguyen can bring to the Nats. If he continues producing in MLS, he could be an unexpected contributor to Copa America, Gold Cup, and World Cup campaigns. Whether he turns out to be more of a Conor Casey or a Brian Ching (relatively late-blooming MLSers who had varying stints with the NATS) will be determined soon.

Is it true that Nguyen received a call from Vietnam to play for their national team? While he was playing in Vietnam, I thought he had received and accepted such an offer, and as such could not play for the US again. Glad I was wrong.

dikranovich said...

John, I think the appropriate retort to your comments are that lee Nguyen played for the USA at the 07 copa America and became cap tied at that time. After this, he ventured to the Vietnam league for a spell.

John Luck Pickerd said...

Ah, a cliche confirmed: Blind squirrels can find nuts.

Still hear those crickets chirping, though.

Jay said...

Gyasi Zardes is reaping the benefits of playing with Donovan, Keane, and a functional midfield. Wondo has no such luxury. Imagine, if you will, that they swapped clubs: Zardes would be bereft of service, and Wondo would be getting set up left and right.

Dany Tzvi said...

@jay exactly thank you