Let's go ahead and wrap this up, shall we? It's not as though there's much mystery left.
Also in the frame: Mike Grella, Julian Green
Everyone knows my stance on Johnson, and my reasoning. Pulisic is headed for greatness, but needs more seasoning. Eventually, he may well slide to the #10 slot. Some may forget, as it's been a while, but Shea has done some good things as a USMNT left winger. And even when he lacks end product, he bothers the defense greatly by running at them repeatedly.
Grella is a dark horse candidate that could get a January look, while Green seems to be finally making strides at Bayern Munich. With Arjen Robben set to miss the start of their season, that is definitely worth watching.
Now that we're done going through the positions, that leaves us with...
And this time, I'll add a competitive match bench selection: Guzan, Besler, Lichaj, Williams, Jones, Kljestan/Pulisic, Morris/Zardes. The last two slots chosen depending on opponent, but a fit Altidore would take over as the forward pick (and he's got time before the next World Cup qualifier).
- Greg Seltzer