Sunday, March 22, 2015

More camp than John Waters being stranded on Gilligans Island

What I'm saying is there is a loooot of camp going down this month; in all, the USMNT program called up 61 players across three age levels for trips to Europe.

As is often the case with a Klinsi & Friends production, we have a number of dual citizens turning up in camp for the first time. Liga MX standouts Ventura Alvarado and William Yarbrough say how-do-ya-do with the Nats, Ariel Lassiter (son of the mighty Roy) will be with the pre-Olympic group and the U20's make acquaintances with Desevio Payne and recent France U-19 call-up Maki Tall.

And as is often the case with a Jurgen Klinsmann selection, I have enjoyments and then I have accent aigu-eyebrow questions. I am delighted to see Tim Ream in the group (and that FabJo is listed as a midfielder), and to have a chance to see Alvarado and Gyasi Zardes against Euro-teams. However, setting aside the usual Eric Lichaj hmmm-ing, I really need to wonder why Julian Green is getting the call right now. I am not a fan of rewarding players that are reasonably sitting in the club doghouse. I would rather see someone like Jonathan Spector given the spot to gauge his current CB level.

G - Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (León)

D - Ventura Alvarado (Club América), John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Tijuana), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton), Brek Shea (Orlando City), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham)

M - Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

F - Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht)


US U-23's
G - Charlie Horton (Cardiff City), Tyler Miller (Zweibrücken)

D - Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Oaxaca), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Will Packwood (Birmingham City), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy)

M - Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna), Ariel Lassiter (LA Galaxy II), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew)

F - Alonso Hernandez (Monterrey), Jerome Kiesewetter (Stuttgart), Alfred Koroma Shams (Austin Aztex), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC)


US U-20's
G - Jeff Caldwell (Virginia), Thomas Olsen (U. of San Diego)

D - Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham), Conor Donovan (Orlando City), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas Academy), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Desevio Payne (Groningen), John Requejo (Tijuana)

M - Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Ethan Sonis (SC Freiburg), Joel Sonora (Boca Juniors)

F - Paul Arriola (Tijuana), Bradford Jamieson IV (L.A. Galaxy), Andrija Novakovich (Reading), Maki Tall (Red Star 93), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes), Dembakwi Yomba (Atlético Madrid)

- Greg Seltzer


Unknown said...

Reading JK's comments about Green, it does make some sense. Green is a long term project, and JK wants him to be fully developed by WC18. Keep in mind, the loan stint got off to a bad start because Jurgen returned him to the club damaged after a friendly, so he probably feels partly responsible. That being said, I wouldn't have had any problems with him called up to the U23 team, and made room for Mix in the midfield.

Tony M said...

JKs justifications basically come down to this: if he likes a guy, nothing can keep him out. If he doesn't like a guy, nothing can save him. Form and talent don't seem to have a lot to do with the liking part...

Zach said...

That U23 roster is pretty sad. If our Olympic team at all resembles that roster, we are going to get stomped. Hope they cherry pick some current U20's and full NTers who are elligible.