What's say we just knock out all of central defense in one shot? We'll start on the right...
Also in the frame: Steve Birnbaum, Walker Zimmerman
Obviously, now that Copa America is over, I'm going back to wanting Cameron in midfield. Believe me, I strongly considered leaving him here to continue the Brooks partnership. But moving him to midfield grants an extra set piece defender, which has been needed for a while now. Frankly, I'm still stunned Gonzalez was ignored for the Copa roster. As Mike Tyson would say, that was ludicrisp.
Speaking of being ignored, Hedges is long overdue for inclusion in this stable. Miazga was fatally poor against the Colombia Under-23's, but let's take that as a learning experience. He seems far more vital to the future than the decent Birnbaum. Zimmerman is now fulfilling his potential and worthy of being in the conversation.
And now on to the left si-yeed...
John Anthony Brooks
Also in the frame: Jonathan Spector, Michael Orozco
The first two write themselves in ink, no explanation should be required. Unlike Miazga, Parker was almost exclusively fantastic in the aforementioned Olympic qualifying tie and I'd love to see if he can translate that up a level.
Spector is a solid, organized, versatile veteran that has no problem thinking at the speed of international play. Orozco really steamed my beans with that red mist moment at Copa, but he's often been solid when played in the middle and paired with the right partner (read: an aerial master) for the US.
- Greg Seltzer