Sunday, October 4, 2015


So apparently now we are rushing back to experience first, with Jurgen Klinsmann naming 16 players from the World Cup 2014 crew in his roster for next week's big showdown with Mexico. I'm trying to figure out if this is a surprising maneuver for him or entirely predictable... or a weird mixture of both. But then, he's left out seasoned Mexico-handler Omar Gonzalez for green struggler Ventura Alvarado. So who knows how this all works?

G - Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

D - Ventura Alvarado (Club América), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)

M - Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

F - Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders, Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (L.A. Galaxy)

- Greg Seltzer


dikranovich said...

if we assume that jozy is starting up top, then really the lineup is pretty easy to figure out.

heythisisrobbie said...

Does this mean he's going to give Landon a call?

I would love to see a Williams-Jones-Bradley trio in midfield.

downintexas said...

So with this group would we have made it to the finals of the Gold Cup?

DaM said...

The Alvarado inclusion is what convinces me that Klinsi has an agenda. It might be something as simple as "I don't trust Omar and I think the experience will be good for Ventura" but you can't tell me an impartial person would compare these two players right now and say that Alvarado was the better choice.

Fennel said...

It's not that hard to figure out.

Mexico and the US both have not played a game in a month

If JK were to field a team full of prospects for Russia 2018, there would be a lot of inexperience and a lack of cohesion.

Fielding most of the "Old Guard" is the best chance at fielding a coherent team one that will have the best chance to figure it out quickly.

It also gives those guys one last shot at winning something They now have a chance to go out on a high note. This is the last gasp of the veteran core.

Even if they win most of them won't be at the Confederations Cup or Copa America or the next World Cup.

They should be as motivated as is possible.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ dikranovich: I think the make-up of the back line is a very ripe topic for discussion/prognostication.

@ heythisisrobbie: I think that would be the best possible version of this three DM thing he likes for some reason; Williams at the gate, Jones and Bradley level in front of him.

@ downintexas: You might say that, but do remember a few vets were not fit at the time (including Altidore, who was with the squad briefly).

@ DaM: I can only assume the Alvarado inclusion has to do with the league he plays in or some such fascination. He has not been playing club ball so much recently. Of course, Gonzo has basically owned Mexico and he is nowhere to be found. Yes, he has struggled in MLS lately, but clearly the bars are not at the same height for everyone.

dikranovich said...

----------------------------------the jozy---------------------------------------------

That's pretty straight forward, and this could turn into a more offensive diamond. We could see wondo coming off the bench and securing a game winner.

justinwkoehn said...


dikranovich said...

Justin, jermaine jones is starting Saturday night, if he is healthy, and so is Fabian Johnson.

justinwkoehn said...

So is Guzan....This is who I would play. I left JJ off for a reason, but Fabian was an oversight. Plug him in RB or LB.

dikranovich said...

It's now official. Saturday will not be the USA v Mexico double doozy that we had hoped, but the Olympic team gets Honduras at 3pm, while the Mexico U/23s play Canada at 6pm and the big showdown rounds out the night.

This confluence of events, which sees both the Olympic team and the national team looking to qualify for two events covering the next couple of summers, has put pressure squarely on our coach klinsmann, and really, all of US soccer.

Heads will roll if USA miss out on both of these upcoming events. Honduras u/23 played Mexico tough, even going down a man two minutes into the game. USA young men should be able to take advantage of more rest and the cauldron that is Rio Tinto.

justinwkoehn said...

That Honduran red card was a little harsh in the second minute. Personally I did not want the Mexico double header, but that Honduran team looked scrappy, and even tied the game 1-1 60' into it down a man the entire time. Two wins on Saturday would be sweet.

dikranovich said...

I think we need to amend the starting lineup a little to include the kubunkolator, Kyle beckerman. KB makes everyone around him better, and bedoya can have an impact off the bench, as could yedlin, or the potential game winning goal scorer wondowlowski. USA is going to have good experience on the field tomorrow night.