Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ohhh, the discussions we will have.

This should be fun.

Michael Bradley
Jermaine Jones
Sacha Kljestan


I find it pretty odd that the biggest divergence I take from Klinsi comes at this position. Despite the fact these three have made most of their money in recent years at this station, the USMNT boss really would currently have none of them in the depth chart at this spot. And I am sure there will be arguments from the esteemed NSC gallery. Bradley is now the incoming team talisman, he should be allowed to do what he does best, which is pretty much everything one would expect from a true central park ranger. If Jones is to slide back to defense, I would be more inclined to give him looks at left back, but there is no way I would pull him out of midfield so soon after that World Cup show. Dude was on pure fumes and madness the last hour against Belgium. People will whine about Kljestan, but in my Clipboard world, he has a set place that fits his best role. Hey, when a guy has three goals and seven assists in 20 Champions League games during a World Cup cycle, and so many cannot think of any use for him, maybe do not laugh at the guy who can. All of these players should bring consistent heat, though, because the next generation of Trapp and Hyndman soon cometh.





- Greg Seltzer

17 comments:

Zach said...

The skill we have coming up through the youth teams at CM is ridiculous, but I don't know when we will see another player with Jones physical tools.

Danny Boy said...

Lol. Sacha Kljestan. That's all.

Greg Seltzer said...

Ya know, when a guy can kill it at Arsenal, at Milan, at PSG, maybe it is time to ask why the USMNT can derive no such showings from that player. It has been proven that he is more than capable.

dikranovich said...

Excuse me, but Sacha has a hattrick with the national team, and that feat does not appear on his European club resume. If he "killed it" against those teams, it was probably in not so meaningful game.

Greg Seltzer said...

At what point do you realize you have brought up a January friendly to talk down Champions League group phase matches? I mean, cmon.

dikranovich said...

well, when a champions league group phase has already been decided, the games hold less importance, and I new you were not talking knockout round phase.

he paired pretty well with Bradley against mexico in a wcq as well.

dikranovich said...

#knew#

Greg Seltzer said...

Only I am not referring to any CL matches with nothing on the line.

dikranovich said...

have anderlicht and kljestan ever advanced from the group play?

jon said...

dik, your follow up question about whether Anderlecht have ever advanced is irrelevant.
You implied that Sacha's CL performances were meaningless because the group stages were already decided....or maybe you're suggesting that because Anderlecht are never favored to advance that any game involving them is meaningless? Anyway, the games against Arsenal this year, PSG last year and Milan in 2012 were all before any of those other clubs had clinched their spot in the knockout round.

dikranovich said...

well, ill gladly stand corrected on the group stages relevance. sacha is a decent player, but benny feilhaber is certainly better. we have been watching these two guys for more than a couple years. the only time sacha was clearly better was during the 08 Olympics, other than that, feilhaber has it all over kljestan.

dikranovich said...

And the biggest freaking irony. Jermaine jones with all his champions league experience, group stage and knockout stage, he sits on the bench.

Greg Seltzer said...

How is that irony? Kljestan is behind him on my bench AND Jones is also five years older.

dikranovich said...

For the record, the two PSG games last season, 5 nil loss at home, with kljestan starting, and a 1-1 draw on the road, but kljestan picked up two yellow cards in this game. Was it a straight red against brasil, or two yellows in the first ten minutes of that game?

Greg Seltzer said...

Huh? Kljestan was terrific in the 1-1 draw, including a nice set-up on the opener, and everyone knows it. He drew an unlucky second yellow with 10 minutes remaining.

dikranovich said...

Greg, the team is to tall. I mean brooks and Omar, they don't complement each other, and Cameron is in front of them. These trees will have trouble against quicker opposition.

We'll see, it's just your opinion anyway. You don't really think kljestan has been a better performer in a men's team jersey than feilhaber do you? If the game was really important, I can't believe that you would leave jones on the bench. Would you really? Wouldn't you try to make room for him?

I don't think jones is going to be starting in four years, and it really can't be a great sign if he is, or maybe he doesn't fall off and he brings a strong game in four years.

But right now, he has to be starting, in an important game, he has to be on the pitch.

Greg Seltzer said...

1 - Size does not mean immobility, especially in the case of Brooks. And Gonzo mistakes have most often come when he recognized slowly, not when because he moved slowly. Frankly, on top of that, I think the team has lacked some height for set pieces.

2 - Yes, it is my opinion, and it has consistently been advertised as such. Nothing more.

3 - Just for starters, I have Feilhaber at a different position. So there is that. Still, Benny has played 74 USMNT minutes in the last three years. Are we talking about 2010 Feilhaber? Because, sure, he has done more in a US shirt. But this is not a historical ranking. It is a right now thing, and Kljestan has improved worlds since 2010.

4 - There are no so-called important games right now. That is a rather large factor here. I have said a few times how some players are nudged up a little because they need reps. Jones does not. Setting that aside, I have been pretty consistent in saying Jones would be an absolute killer option off the bench. I do not make room for somebody, that is not how I see the game. If he is not choice #1 for any positions, then he is bench, same as anyone else.

And by the way, I was the first one to suggest moving Jones to the back line, saying he was worth a look at left back long before Klinsi tried him at CB. I also lavished him with World Cup praise. I am no Jones hater, dude.