After a couple of sketchy outings in the Gold Cup, the Brooks lead over Besler has dwindled to almost nothing. Actually, I am a bit annoyed that the Sporting KC defender has not appeared in USMNT colors for six months. Spector sits here for now, but as we all know he would be a highly versatile pick. If he starts the new season like he finished the last one, he deserves a look.
As for Goodson, I am still unclear as to why he was jettisoned - did you know the Nats have won his last eight starts with just six goals allowed, including the entire knockout Gold Cup run in 2013 and World Cup qualifying wins over Mexico and Panama? Umm, yeah, and there is also that set piece target factor. It would have been nice to have seen Schuler and/or Whitbread by now, but neither can stay fit long enough.
John Anthony Brooks
Not finished yet: Clarence Goodson
Stay healthy and we can talk: Chris Schuler
Find a club, stay healthy and we can talk: Zak Whitbread
- Greg Seltzer