Sunday, June 25, 2017

Arena makes his Gold Cup picks*

I added an asterisk to the title, because of course the USMNT boss can make up to six changes after the group stage. So actually, here is your team for the first three games of the Gold Cup, when all of these guys will fight to make the knockout squad that will battle to bring the crown home.

So... the netminders are the same exact ones I wished for, I have no problem with the defense stable (even if I would have really liked to see Jonathan Spector included) and the midfield crew is only missing Darlington Nagbe from my picks. As for the attackers, I have no earthly idea how Gyasi Zardes (who hasn't scored a goal in 10 months) gets picked over C.J. Sapong. I have mad respect for the Galaxy man, but c'mon.

G - Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (New York City FC)

D - Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

M - Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution) 

A - Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Paul Arriola (Tijuana), Dom Dwyer (Sporting KC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Kenny Saief (Gent), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)








- Greg Seltzer

9 comments:

paul said...

It's gotta be refreshing to not feel your blood pressure bump from startling confusion at seeing USMNT roster picks/decisions. Or has it worn off already via the previous era being sufficiently repressed?

Dr.Jon said...

so where does this leave Jesse Gonzalez?

DaMa said...

@drjon happened to see your question before he did and i saw a couple reports scattered throughout the interweb that said that Gonzalez has actually filed his papers, they didn't clear yet but he might be available for the roster rollover assuming we advance. If so, then he is cap-tied by virtue of the one time switch process and it doesn't matter as much if he gets called up now or later. I have to question the assumption that he would get called in after the group stages as you would think the later matches count more as far as elimination goes and means Guzan is the more likely option.

Good news past 2018 though, if true.

Greg Seltzer said...

The Gonzalez switch has not been processed as of yet.

Dr.Jon said...

I see, thanks gents!

ZackL said...

Anyone else a little concerned about a lack of creativity in midfield? I know that this roster will look very different in the knock-out round and that guys like Saief and Arriola are essentially midfielders/wingers but still...

Baring Corona, I don't really see anyone in the middle of the park who can play a killer pass.

Kirk Diggler said...

For some reason Benny and Sacha have been deemed surplus to requirements.

Greg Seltzer said...

I am among those who do not approve of leaving a central playmaker out of the squad. If not Benny or Sacha, fine, then Lee Nguyen or someone. I suppose he may give Rowe a look there, though.

Dr.Jon said...

@Kirk - again....