Monday, April 13, 2015

Paging Juan Agudelo... Juan Agudelo to the Red, White & Blue courtesy phone.

Yep, Deuce and Jozy are out for the Mexico game, so Juan is on. Big time. I would like to see him bring back the old band with Mix for 90, to be honest.

I can only assume Spurs are still trying to get Yedlin to full match fitness and I am tired of making the Green points. I am not tired of wondering when we get to see a Rowe or a Shipp or even the return of Benny Feilhaber.

Or of asking when we get to see an actual top available selection based on current merits again. Its time to throw down for real again, Klinsi. Time to start tuning up the A-side (or a largely domestic top shelf in this case) as a bunch, first and foremost. I really thought we would get it for this one.

G - Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (León)

D - Ventura Alvarado (Club América), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Greg Garza (Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham)

M - Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United), Lee Nguyen (New England Revs)

F - Juan Agudelo (New England Revs), Julian Green (Hamburg), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)





- Greg Seltzer

17 comments:

justinwkoehn said...

Greg, since Yedlin got his Latvian passport, he doesn't have to worry about USMNT caps to maintain a work permit in the UK anymore, correct? I thought it was odd that the Spurs would release him right after he made his first team debut, and was just trying to think of any other reasons besides match fitness.

Adrian said...

Any chance that we see Mix and Nguyen on the field at the same time? Either with Nguyen out wide, or Mix next to Bradley and Nguyen as #10?

Chris said...

To the latter I say, "yes please!"

Adrian said...

The "problem" as I see it is that of Bradley, Beckerman, Mix and Nguyen, only 3 of them can be on the field at once unless we play a diamond, or Nguyen plays as a winger. And if we play a diamond, wouldn't that just concede the flanks to Mexico based on the way they play?

Danny Boy said...

Nah. Don't want to see Feilhaber. Been there done that.

Ship and Rowe are both good players, but are they really International quality players? Both lack pace and the International game is getting physically faster. If only they had physical speed with their soccer brain. But I am not against seeing either one in the future at some point.

brian said...

get it for this one? on a non-FFIA date? keep dreaming

Dany Tzvi said...

diskerud has been playing a very deep role for NYCFC so jk may try him out as a holding mid with bradley in front and nguyen as the SS

although with Orozco out and Kitchen in, now, it seems like Kitchen or Beckerman will be the holding mids, and corona/bradley/mix/nguyen are the 8 / SS options. nguyen would go at SS, and corona would be the next best option, but jk could try any of those guys anywhere so we'll have to wait and see (and pray)

DaM said...

Is it really that hard to think that someone like Benny who hasnt gotten much of a look in years may be a better player than he was... or to concede that he had some pretty useful moments against Mexico in the past?

Seems inevitable that Klinsman will either leave mix on the bench or invert his and MB's natural positions. Mix has been pretty good in the role with NYCFC but anyone who doesnt think Bradley is better in a Reyna-esque role witht he entire offense in front of him as opposed to being asked to be on the front line making quick 1-2 snap passes is blind. Even the games he plays the more advanced role for JK his best plays are on unlocking passes from deep.

Zach said...

Who could be added to this roster to make it a domestic A side, Greg? Only real experiments are at forward and like you said, thats because Deuce and Jozy are out.

Dany Tzvi said...

well presumably our #1 formation is still 4-2-3-1 in which case the 6 (hypothetically mix) and the 8 (hypothetically bradley) would both have the attack in front of them at almost all times.

DaM said...

I don't think you could say our default formation is a 4-2-3-1 anymore (if you ever could). It certainly wasn't these last couple matches.

Greg Seltzer said...

Sorry for the wait, the lady deserved a full day of undivided attention. Now...

@ justin: Yedlin passed on appeal before he got the passport. I can only assume he has received it by now.

@ Adrian: With both Mix and Nguyen out there, I would probably prefer Lee on the flank. But in my world, they are in for the same spot.

And yeah, a diamond sounds like a terrible idea against El Tri. Especially without Deuce and Altidore holding up and linking. Gak.


@ Danny Boy: Yes, been there and done that with Benny... and it has been fairly good when we did, including on big stages.

As for Shipp and Rowe, I can think of only one way to find out if they are intl. quality players. Speed is nnice, but it is not everything or an absolute requirement. When camped in attack, quickness and vision count for more than flat out speed.

@ Dany Tzvi: Please, no. MLS is not US vs. Mexico. Frankly, I am stunned that everyone is so cool about tinkering in this game - especially since Gold Cup is now under three months away. I feel like everyone has tactical/personnel experimentation Stockholm Syndrome.


@ DaM: You said it, brother. said...

@ Zach said...

Before I get to your valid question, I will note there are definitely guys we could easily identify on each line as not being at the A squad level for the USMNT. That is not too controversial a note, I would think.

But since you asked, there are obviously some guys like Edu and Kljestan with monstrous experience/technique/skill/athletic advantages. Speaking of that, I am really unclear as to what Michael Parkhurst possibly could have done to be out of the picture - he is domestic A squad in my book. It also sucks that a couple guys that have impressed in small samples are injured, perhaps most notably Hedges.


And as for our default formation, I would not be able to identify what that is. There could be one hidden in a garage until the games get real again, I have no idea. It is Schrödinger's formation.

Dany Tzvi said...

haha i said jk might do it, i didnt say it was a good idea :p especially considering 6 is not a weak spot for us. we have options at 6 and do not need to plug diskerud in there

but i wouldnt put it past jk

Zach said...

So you would like to see Klestjan or Edu for.... Ibarra or Corona? Nyguyen?

I don't really see a lot of experimentation on this roster, to be honest. Shea I guess in an experiment in the backline? Not like we have a ton of left backs.

Understand the call for Hedges, Dempsey, Altidore but they aren't available. Opara going down was a bummer, he was looking good this season.

Greg Seltzer said...

Well, it does not have to be instead of... but yeah, this roster is light on legit DM/#8 types. Only two of those around, but there are 6-7 AM/wing types. The balance is way off.

DaM said...

Not to mention, I don't really get how Corona get called in in front of some of the guys left out. How many times do we need to see the international game be too fast for Joe? Granted we have never tried him as a pure "#10" before, but there's a few guys like Benny, Sascha or Shipp (just off the top of my head) that I would rather see play that role than another look at plan old joe.

Seconded on the sentiments about Opara. Paging J.O.B. for some serious counseling.

Dany Tzvi said...

@greg
this is why i initially thought he would try mix at 6. jk likes to take 2 of every position so i was really confused at the distinct lack of 6s prior to kitchen's being called in

im curious though: do you see mix as more of an 8 or a 10?