Sunday, May 31, 2015

Boys of Zomer (and then Sommer)

The first thing one notices is Klinsi will need to conjure some magic with a shorthanded attack stable. Most of these guys will still be making introductions, so success on this trip highly depends on what the midfielders do. Of course, I will be on hand for both camps and contests.

G - Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (León)

D - Ventura Alvarado (Club América), John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham)

M - Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mikkel Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading)

F - Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (Erzgebirge Aue), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

- Greg Seltzer


Unknown said...

Both Evans and Jones left their games last night due to injury. Evans may make the plane, but I doubt Jones will. Any thoughts on a replacement? Funny how he was listed as a midfielder once again. Also where's Ream?!

Greg Seltzer said...

Great question.

Unknown said...

Jones to be left out of friendlies. No replacement:

Tony M said...

Let me float a stupid question here...

Clearly, there is nothing wrong with playing Germany and the Netherlands. But this is preparation for the Gold Cup, an important tournament for us to win. Shouldn't we be playing teams that are at least stylistically similar to the teams we are going to play, particularly Mexico?

I can go either way here, but I lean toward the idea that this preparation for a specific competition. These games should be about tactical sharpening for the challenge ahead. Thoughts?

Unknown said...

I think it's a good thing anytime you can play a top 10 opponent. Now we have two in a row, the 1st and 3rd place finishers from last year's WC. We just played Mexico in a friendly a few weeks ago as well.

Unknown said...

Does anyone expect a match where the US starts three defensive midfielders? Beckerman, Bradley, Morales, and Williams (and Jones)--all have been used by Klinsmann as defensive mids; we've seen Klinsmann use the three d-mid lineup before, with little success.

@ Tony M: I agree that playing a more feasible schedule would be better. A better schedule for success: middling Euro side + global minnow (perhaps Cuba to celebrate the end of the embargo?). The schedule looks a bit daunting when you consider the psychology of the team and what could have gone wrong. Lose to Mexico, and likely losses to Germany and Netherlands, and the team goes into the Gold Cup riding a nasty losing streak. Me thinks Klinsmann is trying to do too much with his scheduling--although I do appreciate the guts to schedule such games before the Gold Cup.

Unknown said...

cuba isnt a good enough opponent for us, not to mention the new york cosmos have assumed responsibility for the obligatory goodwill friendly in havana

we beat mexico tho?

but i agree i think we should be playing more... relatable opponents

Unknown said...

I have a feeling JK will start 3 DMs like he did in the WC. JJ played the more advanced role in this setup, so once again Bradley will be too far up the pitch. He and Mix will probably be interchangeable and cover each other: