Sunday, February 5, 2017

A new dawn, a new day...

I will have the next promised US road trip food top 5'er tomorrow, but tonight we'll start up a new USMNT Clipboard.

Normally, we blast off with the keeper list and it's pretty straightforward. It generally takes me about four seconds to decide the hierarchy. There's not a lot of debate or question over who should stand where on the depth chart. It has been like that for years, probably at least a decade. Well... perhaps only temporarily, but those days are definitely gone. With one grizzled veteran recovering from an injury until (supposedly) just before the next World Cup qualifier and the other riding pine at Boro until summer, this was the toughest, most time-consuming weighing of a GK call I've ever made in this exercise. Easy.

Nick Rimando
Brad Guzan
David Bingham


Also in the frame: Bill Hamid
Call us when you're fit: Tim Howard


Yup. For the first time, Rimando sit atop my list. He likely won't be there long, and it's likely he won't ever be there again. But he should stay there long enough to start March's Honduras match (if not also the Panama road qualifier that directly follows it). Guzan's big-game experiences earns him the second slot, while Bingham continues as my #3 man.

Now, if Howard is ready to play a Rapids game or two before the next qualifier, then there's another decision to make. But we'll jump off that bridge if/when we get to it.




- Greg Seltzer

8 comments:

Patrick said...

I don't understand why "riding the pine" in the premier league is worse than basically bring in your off season since October. Guzan has played games since October. MLS will have, what, 2 games before 3/24? Guzan should start, I would be horrified if it was Rimando.

Dany Tzvi said...

yeah... i'll still take guzan any day of the week

Patrick said...

I've seen this same Rimando argument a few places. Has Bruce leashed this or is the soccer media bubble just self reinforcing. I don't see Rimando as anything more than camp comic relief. I'd take Robles over him, he looked good Friday and had played big games for RedBulls last two years.

Patrick said...

Leaked not leashed...

UnitedDemon said...

I think you guys aren't giving Rimando a lot of credit. He's a fine, consistent goalkeeper. Guzan has to be pretty low on the self confidence factor right now, and is undoubtedly extremely rusty. Rimando's not going to make any big mistakes, and we can't say the same for a player who hasn't seen the field in a competitive game for what, five months? I'll take Mr. Dependable over a goalkeeper who, to be quite honest, I think is a tier or two below the great goalkeepers the US has had, who hasn't played.

Dany Tzvi said...

His numbers in england for when he has played this year are quite good.

Patrick said...

I guess it depends on whether you think two MLS games in March are worth more than being 3/4 into the Premier League season and training everyday. Watching the MLS guys against SRB and JAM, I doubt the competition in those MLS games will be much.

It is just funny that 5-6 guys all wrote the same line, almost word for word with the same depth chart yesterday. Makes me wonder if Arena had an off the record conference call with writers to float Rimando out there.

Greg Seltzer said...

Anybody asking if I'm repeating some sort of company line from the coach or falling in lockstep with other scribes' opinion, well... I think you know the answer to that.

Believe me, I thought long and hard about this. The reality is, unless something major happens to Boro's other keepers, Guzan will not be playing there anymore. He was skipped over in the last cup match and will be dormant until Honduras comes calling. I certainly don't think Rimando is to be written off as some sort of joke, and yes, he will have a few games to tune up for Honduras. The final deciding factor, however, is the Catrachos style of attack. It's not like they will be bombarding the area with flank crosses. If they were that type of team, I'd go with Guzan. In reality, though, I definitely think the US netminder won't be asked to do so much in that game. I really wouldn't worry about it so vigorously either way it goes in goal.