Obviously, Michael Bradley's injury has at least temporarily cleared the way for a new starter here. That didn't make the decision that much easier, though.
Also in the frame: Alfredo Morales, Wil Trapp
Yes, I could have quite happily gone with Jones, but someone has to replace Bradley's tempo game. Nagbe is the more sound possession option, while Jones can have much more impact as a sub. So here we are.
Hyndman is a distant third, but could certainly change that when the Prem season starts. Morales is more in the Jones mold of a loose box-to-box cannon, while Trapp still has more growing to do.
While we're on the topic of this position, I have something else to say about Bradley. I owe the captain a small bit of apology for comments made in my USMNT ratings for the Copa America bronze medal match. Now that we've learned that the boss kept him out on the field carrying an injury that would shelve him for six weeks, I can also say my grade for Klinsmann was too generous. I honestly can't believe the coach left a one-legged man out there to run the team in a placement match. Quite inexcusable.
- Greg Seltzer