Sunday, October 2, 2016


Jurgen Klinsmann has summoned 23 players for the upcoming friendly in Cuba, and it's about what you'd expect from a roster just before the start of the hex: a blend of veteran leadership, guys battling for PT, guys making returns after a spell away and young bucks. The only newcomer is Sunderland's Lynden Gooch, while Ethan Horvath is also looking for his first USMNT appearance.

I will assume you can call my nitpicks by now, so I won't bore you with them.

G - David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), William Yarbrough (León)

D - Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)

M - Paul Arriola (Tijuana), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Perry Kitchen (Hearts), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Danny Williams (Reading)

F - Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV)

- Greg Seltzer


downintexas said...

This might be one of his best roster selection ever. Nothing really out of place.

Devin Mathias said...

Except Wondo. How about Wooten there instead, since he may actually play meaningful minutes for the USMNT at some point. Obviously would love to see CCV as well, but realize this wouldn't tie him and that he's prob better off fighting for minutes with his club. But yeah, really solid otherwise.

mark said...

How about Johannsson who will actually get meaningful minutes for the USMNT

DaM said...

or agudelo or rubin or... but wondo clearly has some compromising photographs. obviously we could go on about the defensive choices (presumably Fabjo is the default starting left back with a right back as his back up...which never ever causes issues cause fabjo never gets injured), but as greg says, the nitpicks at this point are redundant.

At least we have seen some possible replacements for Beckerman (long past his international expiration date), though knowing klinsman, beckerman will be back in the fold for mexico/CR because jk forgot to test out these potential replacements in more difficult matches than cuba in prior months. solid planning. really.

hoping Klejstan continues to perform so we dont wind up with beckerman/bradley for mexico.

Devin Mathias said...

Agreed, but I'm guessing he's in the CCV spot of fighting for time. And the thinking that the departure could set him back. Just guessing though.

downintexas said...

Normally I woukd be anti wondo. But with lack of older/leader players, Wondo makes sense as a practice/locker room player

Dr.Jon said...

Also remember CCV was called up by the U-20s

DaM said...

I also just realized no Nagbe. I don't believe that's an intentional assist for Portland, but rather, for some reason Klinsman continues to refuse to like anyone who he thinks of as a #10 unless they force themselves on him (remember if not for a centerback getting injured Klejstan would still be on the outside).

Dr.Jon said...

Nagbe says "personal/family" reasons.