Friday, July 22, 2016

#11

Let's go ahead and wrap this up, shall we? It's not as though there's much mystery left.

Fabian Johnson
Christian Pulisic
Brek Shea

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

12 comments:

DaM said...

@Greg So is that the side that Julian is going to play on? I think (though I could be mistaken) that in the preseason they have been using him on the right. Didn't see the match but I think both he and Ribery started against Man City.

Don't get me wrong, I am not buying into the recent hype that Green is going to be a factor at Bayern this year (Robben, Ribery, Costa, Coman, Bennko all seem significantly ahead of him and I am sure I am forgetting someone). That being said, if he pulls it together somewhere he would be more valuable to us on the right side for sure.

Joe Bailey said...

Speaking of Mike Grella, does Jesse Marsh sound like a decent assistant coach for Klinsi? It looks like he can make the whole 4-3-3 thing work with American players...

dikranovich said...

Joe, red bulls play a 4-5-1. If they move into a 4-3-3, it's out of a base 4-5-1

Joe Bailey said...

That's fine Dik. It vaugely reminds me of Van Gaal's Ajax-- I realize Grella and Sam (when he was with NY) aren't Overnars & de Boer, but they looked like flying wingers in a 4-4-3-- Mainly the hi-pressing part of the game. I remember when he (Van Gaal) would talk about having '21 players in the oppositon's half. Maybe Marsch can translate Klinsmann's 'big picture' to tactics for the Nat's... I think we're good with two strikers, but with Marsch, 4-5-1, 4-4-3 seems doable. Even better with Johnson and Bedoya at his disposal.

Zach said...

MacNamara > Grella

Adrian Avram said...

Did Captain Bradley retire ?
He didn't even make your bench !

Greg Seltzer said...

Injured players are not listed. :)

Tony M said...

Joe Bailey: I cannot even begin to imagine why Jesse Marsh would want to be Klinsmanns assistant. His replacement, yes. Assistant, never

Joe Bailey said...

You know what Tony? I totally stand corrected!!! It's just that I'm looking at things from the unfortunate fact that Gulati just doesn't know how to quit Klinsi...

Tony M said...

Fair enough. You're trying to make the best of a bad situation. I respect that. But no one of March's caliber would take that role.

dikranovich said...

Tony m, I'm sure you know Marsh is a Bradley protege. What are your opinions on Bradley again? I mean, I guess Marsh does have a supporters shield to his resume, to be of such high caliber.

Luke Sandblom said...

No competitive international matches are limited to 7 subs anymore