Sunday, May 1, 2016

Camp Provisions

Jurgen Klinsmann has named his 40-man provisional roster for Copa America. There's still Jorge Villafana for some bizarre reason, but hey, at least Eric Lichaj is listed.

G - David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

D - Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Monterrey), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Michael Orozco (Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland)

M - Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Perry Kitchen (Hearts), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Danny Williams (Reading), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

F - Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)






- Greg Seltzer

11 comments:

dikranovich said...

Well, beggars can't be choosers. It is not easy to subtract seventeen players from this roster.

Dany Tzvi said...

I don't think that idiom means what you think it means.

Dany Tzvi said...

still very soft at LB. i think i'd have rather seen Shea than one of the utility defenders.

dikranovich said...

Dany, what makes shea a natural left back, and not a utility defender? would you like to wager on who is going to be left back from this group of 40?

Dany Tzvi said...

the fact that he plays LB regularly for his club. out of these 40, the only one who has played LB this year for more than 2 or 3 games is castillo. the second LB could be lichaj or ream, but it's hard to tell who JK will choose. whoever's face appears in the boss's breakfast toast will start the opener.

dikranovich said...

well Dany, I'm pretty sure Greg is certain that brek Shea is NOT a fullback, but maybe he has changed his stance. Who has more high level experience at fullback, Shea, or Fabian Johnson? It's not like it's a trick question, because only one of these players can claim to have such experience. apparently, against some of the best players in the world this summer, you are willing to throw in a player who doesn't have such a strong resume, in a position that is likely to be one of the most important.

Greg Seltzer said...

At the international level, yes, I would only want Shea as a left winger. But I can say the same for Johnson.

dikranovich said...

The difference being that Johnson has played fullback at a much higher level than brek Shea, and everyone knows this, but some want to mince words and try and muddle their own position.

What is so hard to understand about putting one of our top rated players, in a position that is so important? It really is a mystery.

DaM said...

@Dany - I agree with you in some sense, or at least it depends on who you consider a utility defender. Acosta, for instance, is listed as a defender. He isn't. I know we keep pigeon holing him there for US teams, but just watch him hit in 10 crosses and miss 9 of them and you know that is not his position. I certainly don't get the inclusion of Evans over someone like Villafana, particularly when there is something like 5 other RB options (and more CB).

That being said, I am not sure Shea is the answer. Certainly he can do the job at Orlando, but it's not like that is a defense that is shutting folks down, nor has Shea really been tearing up defenses attacking from the left Roberto Carlos style.

Assuming FabJo is going to be slotted in at left mid/wing (I am still not sure, 2 world cup cycles in, what formation JK prefers) it will be interesting to see what develops from Castillo, Lichaj and Ream. Castillo has been getting some PT in MX again but has gotten plenty of USMNT chances without impressing. I would like to think this is finally Lichaj's window of opportunity but something tells me it will be Castillo.

Dany Tzvi said...

yeah thats kinda the point i'm getting at. we have a dozen CBs and RBs. how many of those guys realistically have a chance to make the team? seems to me that acosta, ventura, evans, and chandler are just making up the numbers. I think bringing in shea wouldve made more sense but oh well. cant wait for chandler to make the team.

DaM said...

@Dany agreed wholeheartedly, though I might differ on the player of preference (I tend to agree with those saying Shea isn't an international caliber left back yet - still too often a spectator).

I definitely would have thought Villafana made more sense there then some of the number fillers that got brought. I am okay with Acosta as I get wanting young guys to get experience (especially since we tanked the olympics again) but how Evans (who hasn't been playing due to injury and when he had been playing was seeing as much time at CB as anywhere) makes it over Villafana (or Shea or whomever) is mind boggling.... to the extent that you ignore fact that JK is morally obligated to make at least one mind boggling choice per roster.