Sunday, October 1, 2017

Arena calls 26 for do-or-die mission

There are a few happy return to the fold and a coupla surprises as the USMNT prepares for their most important matches of the cycle. I'm delighted to see Benny Feilhaber (or even just one of the three big American playmakers in MLS) added to the selection; it's better to have one around and not need than... you get the idea.

I am not quite sure how Juan Agudelo earned a call (or why he was listed as a midfielder by the official US Soccer release). The guy has not managed a goal since July, or even so much as a single shot attempt in four of his last nine Revs starts, so I suppose he'll be along to add to a wing corps that's missing FabJo and J-Mo. Frankly, I'd rather push Graham Zusi back up the flank for these games.

But oh well, here we are...

G - Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

D - DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Michael Orozco (Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

M - Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers)

A - Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)


UPDATE: Gyasi Zardes was pulled from the squad after suffering a groin injury on Saturday night.




- Greg Seltzer

15 comments:

Dr.Jon said...

What much >0% is Lynden Gooch's chances to be called up for injured Zardes?

dwc414141 said...

They say no replacement will be called in for these matches

DaMa said...

I wonder what the reason on FabJo is. I know he has barely gotten any playing time, but even if he isn't fully fit...

Makes me think it almost has to be something else.

gratefulag said...

Lynden Gooch and Weston McKennie need to be on this team. Agudelo is a mediocre MLS Player, period.

Greg Seltzer said...

Not only do I think McKennie isn't ready for this, but I don't really see a need for him at the moment.

Gooch, on the other hand...

Freegle said...

If you're good enough, you're old enough. I guess we disagree on the need at the moment. We know from experience that some of the players that were called in have been found wanting over and over again. What's the old saying about the definition of insanity? This team should absolutely be good enough to take the necessary points out of these two matches. But it is FAR from the best team we could bring. We have an empty roster spot with Zardes out. You're telling me that Weston Mckinnie has less value than an empty roster spot?

Adrian said...

Agudelo has been deployed as a #8-type (nominally #10, but playing even deeper) player by the Revs for the last few games. That decision hasn't helped the Revs at all but I guess Arena thinks that's where he's useful.

Patrick said...

There is no internal logic to the roster. Guys are dropped for form (FabJo) while others are called despite recent form (Acosta, MOF, Villafana, Beasley, Zardes). Can't bring in some guys because they haven't been included recently, except Benny, Agudelo, MOF. Can't bring in JJ because he is too old, but he is younger than quite a few of these guys.

Hard to argue against the idea that Arena just wanted US born players.

If they end up in the playoff, Arena has to be replaced. 2006 all over again.

This is what Mexico did 4 years ago. Constantly, troy out the "experienced vets" and hope they pull through. Don't think CR or Mex will try very hard to save our bacon on Tuesday.

Jason Lemire said...

--- --- --- Altidore --- --- ---
--- --- --- Pulisic --- --- ---
- Nagbe -- Bedoya -- Arriola -
--- --- --- Bradley --- --- ---
V'fana - Besler - Cam - Yedlin
--- --- --- Guzan --- --- ---

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Freegle: It's not about how old he is. McKennie has three decent pro starts to his name, one of which lasted 90 minutes. I personally don't see how that thrusts him ahead of Bradley, Bedoya and Nagbe for two vital games. I'd rather see him after we qualify and go from there. If was an attacker, okay. But he's not.

@ Patrick: I largely concur with that kind of things you're saying about the selection, but Villafana is in decent form.

ZackL said...

@Greg: Agree: McKennie is certainly showing promise, but he has only one full game under his belt as a senior pro. I'd rather take a vet in that position for these two games, even if those vets have underwhelmed recently.

Honestly, I'm a little surprised to see Feilhaber on the roster and not Nguyen, who in my mind has been in better form. Especially recently. That is, if we're intent on dragging 30-year old attacking mids from the MLS with us through every qualifying cycle. Which we apparently are.

Freegle said...

@Greg - I didn't say anything about starting him. Of course he's not ahead of Bradley, etc. But with an open roster spot it most definitely has value to bring him in (or some other young player on the cusp). Maybe in November if/when you are in the playoff, and he has been starting for 2 consecutive months in the Bundesliga, he will have value. Then, this is a another wasted opportunity to have a talented player with the squad. It's not just McKennie, as CCV could be in the same boat. Get them in camp. In the absolute worst case scenario, they get good experience. In the best case, they show better than you thought and bring actual value on the pitch. We are not talented/deep enough to waste opportunities like this.

@Zack - I'm ok with taking a vet if you think he is going to play. If you are just bringing bench fodder, it has to be youthful.

ZackL said...

@Freegle: I can envision a scenario where we might throw Feilhaber on if we're looking for a goal. I think it's exceedingly unlikely, but I can see it happening. I don't know that I could say the same about McKennie.

I'm a little torn about the whole situation, ideally I'd love for guys like McKennie or CCV to get some national team experience, but given how important these games are I feel like we should only take guys who might see the field. Which, depressingly, includes Feilhaber at the moment.

But I would certainly echo the sentiment of you and pretty much everyone in saying that this is not exactly the roster I would have envisioned for these games.

Patrick said...

In 4 years, McKennie quite possibly could be starting in the hex. To not even have him in camp is malptactice. If Nagbe turns an ankle, is it really Agudelo at LW? How stupid will it seem that Johnson is in Germany then.

Glad to hear Villafana had been playing well

dikranovich said...

Patrick, not for nothing, but argudelo was born in Colombia, and Benny was born in Brasil. Just to argue against your hard to argue against coach Arena only bringing in American born players comment.