Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Your Gold Cup roster

Not too many great surprises here, aside from the sudden re-inclusions of Davis and Zusi. The roster is listed with the positions used by the USMNT release. As such, I think I'd rather see Brad Evans in, with FabJo pushed up to the wing (nothing new in that).

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

D - Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton)

M - Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

F - Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

- Greg Seltzer


DaM said...

Can't believe Ream actually got called in. Does this mean it is actually possible to change JK's mind? The fact that Wondo is here indicates no. I can't understand why someone like Brad Davis makes this roster. Is he that much better than Feilhaber at free kicks that they don't care about him being an otherwise useless player? I know it's unlikely that Davis gets much time and AJ is probably the first forward off the bench so maybe there won't be much Wondo but what the heck makes JK think Wondo is going to have more to contribute than Morris would have? No Shea is a bit baffling too as the group stage seems like it would have been the right time to use him.


Greg Seltzer said...

Yeah, Wondo over Morris (who will be out of season at the time) is a bit baffling, as is the absence of Shea and the continued look past Feilhaber. But remember that Ream was left out last month so he could have some sort of proper vacation before his club preseason rolls around.

DaM said...

Definitely a fair point and I am certainly glad to see Ream get a look. I would love to see him get a look at LB but that may be asking too much. I would like to see FabJo playing in front of Ream on the left. What Tim lacks in speed he makes up for in a quality left foot. Would give us some width and leave Fabjo free to cut in like he likes. All that being said, Ream will probably see 20 minutes total as a late CB sub.

I could see maybe JK telling Heath that he would let him keep Shea until the later rounds because he just used him a bunch and wasn't planning on starting him for now (and Orlando is a bit thin right now).

Unknown said...

20 out of 23 choices are solid. Not sure why people always have to complain about fringe players that will see very little playing time. Our core is here, and JK is going after this cup. I'm excited. Youth development is on hold 'til Confed Cup is secure.

DaM said...

Morris has shown himself to be a dangerous sub towards the end of a match against Germany. Something tells me he could have some modicum of impact against Haiti too. I'd argue that Morris as a last 15 minute sub wouldn't be a fringe player. Nor would Shea have been if he started a group match at LB. The only reason we are "talking about fringe players" is because JK brought a couple of real fringe players like Wondo and Davis instead of useful players.

I mean honestly, what else would you expect a discussion on this roster to be about. Oh Emm Gee they brought Altidore?!?!

Unknown said...

All right. Here's my stab at a possible starting eleven for a knockout round game:

Altidore - Dempsey
Beyoya - Bradley - Yelden
F Johnson - Brooks - Gonzo - Evans

Bedoya will drift central, which is fine because FJ can overlap and Altidore also likes to drift out wide on that side (think goal vs. Nigeria in run up to WC)

Evans will stay home, and Bradley needs at least one true winger to maximize his effectiveness, so Yedlin starts out wide in the midfield

Beckerman because he makes everyone better.

Unknown said...

well wondolowski did share the golden boot at the last gold cup and he (like jordan morris) scored in one of those weird spring mexico games, so i wouldnt call him useless. he's in good form and he's played well on this exact stage before. roll with morris through the qualifiers when each squad is 1 or 2 games, but for a 3-6 game squad i understand the wondo selection.

im just afraid of knuckleheads booing him when he comes on, smh at some of the mud ppl (not u guys) are slinging at him

Mark said...

What is the word on Danny Williams? Injury or club situation?

Dr.Jon said...

@Mark - I think both he had a hard season with Reading and his knee surgery. I think JK didn't want to press that.

DaM said...

Well at least we now know why no Brek.