Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Your provisional Gold Cup roster

There is certainly a heaping handful of curious among these 35 players, but I can only assume that Euro-trip hero Bobby Wood is being left off so he can clarify his club situation and get a proper preseason with his new club. Though he is unlikely to change clubs, the same type of club-centric thinking probably explains why Rubio Rubin is uninvolved.

The inclusion of RunDMB is quite interesting, considering he announced his USMNT retirement after a splendid display at World Cup 2014. I'm surprised Ventura Alvarado is on the list, as his comfort at the international level has been slow to arrive, but then I suppose a CONCACAF tourney is more his current speed. I already told you here and on MLSS that Julian Green will not be included and that Tim Ream (now on a post-season break) remains in the picture. And as always, I am bemused by the continued absence of Eric Lichaj, especially considering the multitude of wingback struggles since last summer.

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

D - Ventura Alvarado (Club América), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Greg Garza (Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton), Brek Shea (Orlando City), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham)

M - Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

F - Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy), Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)









- Greg Seltzer

15 comments:

Jay said...

Leg das in Ihr Pfeife und rauchen. Clearly.

Dany Tzvi said...

the exclusion of lichaj seems particularly dubious now that Danny Williams and Tim Ream have been brought into the fold. clearly the championship is high enough level... we could really use lichaj. the performances of our fullbacks in the last 2 friendlies were quite poor.

justinwkoehn said...

Chandler has been struggling with the national team. Cameron regularly plays RB in the EPL, why isn't he included?

dwc414141 said...

Cameron has some minor injury issues and his club asked that he take the summer off to rest and get fully healthy and recharged for next season.

justinwkoehn said...

Thanks. I had been looking for a reason. I think DMB was included in the 35 for an emergency selection after the group stage if needed. I don't see him being part of the core team, but I could be wrong.

Tom said...

The not-Guzan Brads can put in an okay shift, but they're really quite limited, and not useful 2+ years from now. Same for Wondo and Gordon. I don't get it. We don't *just* want to do well in this tournament--we want to win. And also keep building up the 18 cycle.

So confused. At least that's only 4 mostly baffling inclusions.

dwc414141 said...

I understand that Bobby Wood may need to take some time to get his job situation sorted, but I selfishly want to see him play in the GC after what he's done in the recent friendlies

DaM said...

@Tom I understand your point about development and success so I have no real idea why Brad Davis would get included. But I think Brad Evans proved against Germany that there's real value to having him involved still. Chandler just seems to turn it off when it comes to the USMNT. That leaves us pretty thin and susceptible to injury. Guys like he and Alan Gordon in a 35 man roster aren't going to have huge roles. One expects they are injury backup (particularly when your target striker seems to have weak hammy's and nobody else has really shown to have that skillset). Basically if we are using forwards 6 or 7 (not counting guys like Zardes) when normally we start at most 2 then things have gone pretty sideways.

Tom said...

@DaM, sure, like I said, they can put in a decent shift now and again, but you don't build on them. And honestly--we've got guys that play in those places and play about as well AND who have way more upside.

But also, like I said, it's only 4 mostly baffling inclusions. Good point about our delicate beast Josmer.

yankee said...

Greg, how about some transfer rumors?

Been awhile and the happy season is around the corner.

yankee said...

Anyone interested in Zardes? What about Kitchen? Morris attracting any attention?

Give us something, man!

Greg Seltzer said...

Morris told me he was not going pro until winter, at the earliest. I am sure he has parties interested, but has not necessarily received actual interest contact - at least that I can am aware of enough to pass on.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/goldcup/2015/news/article/2015/06/10/young-forward-jordan-morris-continues-play-key-role-usmnt-including-friendly

Kitchen has a little interest, at my last check Anderlecht easily seemed the most eager.

With Zardes, I do not know. But I am always searching for stuff. I am sure it will not be long before I find something.

Greg Seltzer said...

Oh... and I do not deal in rumors. I work to offer facts.

Dr.Jon said...

^^^^^^^ and Greg that's why we figuratively-internet-love you.

TrueCrew said...

Why on earth on? Davis and Beasley. Lichaj, too, but you can't be surprised at this point.

Why on earth not? Danny Williams. I get Cameron/Wood/Rubin for knocks and club, but why not Williams?

And Greg, your sense of Alvarado's level is a bit off, we did just win two pretty big friendlies with him in there. Not that there weren't shaky moments, mind you. But I think his and Brooks' ability to build out of the back reaped dividends. And it isn't as if Gonzalez, Orozco, and Cameron don't have shaky moments as well.