Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The actual clipboard.

The USMNT camp roster for next week's Portugal friendly is out, and it is very lean. Dave Sarachan summoned 21 players, including five impressive uncapped youngsters (marked by asterisks below). Josh Sargent is one of them,  a fact which stands among my biggest surprises. The calls for Tim Ream and C.J. Sapong, and the omission of Jonathan Gonzalez, are others.

G - Jesse Gonzalez* (FC Dallas), Bill Hamid (FC Midtjylland), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)

D - John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg, Cameron Carter-Vickers*, Eric Lichaj, Matt Miazga, Tim Ream, Jorge Villafaña, DeAndre Yedlin

M - Kellyn Acosta, Tyler Adams*, Alejandro Bedoya, Lynden Gooch, Weston McKennie*, Kelyn Rowe, Danny Williams

F - Juan Agudelo, Dom Dwyer, C.J. Sapong, Josh Sargent*

- Greg Seltzer


Unknown said...

With richie williams still on the staff i'm pleasantly surprised to see mckennie. Not big on calling in guys who have never played senior football (sargent) but honestly the other strikers arent much more exciting...

Good to see danny williams

Why couldnt we have some of these guys on the team in october.... sigh

ZackL said...

Would have been nice to see Jonathan Gonzalez on here. Are Liga MX playoffs around the corner?

DaMa said...

@zackL Yes.

DaMa said...

To me the most glaring omission is Hyndman. Not saying he deserves to be there and maybe he isn't fully fit yet? Still, starting to feel like he is missing his window.

DaMa said...

Oh and Glad. That one is kind of mind boggling.

Patrick said...

The biggest problem with the roster is the forwards. It almost seems like they were going to start Wood up top as a lone striker. They called some guys in for training. But then Wood had to drop out and probably nobody cared to make any changes.

Christian Ramirez is as good as Dwyer and Sapong and younger.

Aron Johannsen is fit, needs a transfer, could really use a showcase, and has played at a level far beyond any forward on this roster. He should be starting and hopefully gets his move to Leeds.

Haji Wright is in the 2.BL and playing regularly. He is, what 19? His upside is beyond Dwyer, Agudelo, and Sapong. Probably never reaches it, but this is the kind of young player that should be here. Not guys that chose to spend their whole career in MLS.

Haji has now been snubbed twice. This roster and the U20 WC roster (although the latter gets reported as Schalke said no, Ramos never mentions wanting him). Could this all be retribution for his signing with NASL instead of MLS?

Adrian said...

Hopefully Agudelo gets time as an actual #9 striker, instead of getting yanked around to winger, withdrawn forward, midfielder, etc.

FiveTwo said...

Justin Glad should have been called in. Would also have liked to see Brooks Lennon and Haji Wright, maybe even Joe Gyau now that he is back playing, but Glad is the stand out omission to me (not including JoGonzalez, assuming based on club committment)

Unknown said...

Next up, we want to see your top 5 coaches the USMNT should go after and why.

UnitedDemon said...

Good stuff. The next cycle fills me with excitement, and indeed, outright certainty that not qualifying for (shudder) Qatar is totally 99.99999999% likely. We'll have an extraordinary depth at CB, which is the main position that killed us this last cycle against Costa Rica, Honduras, and T&T.

We'll miss Dempsey (unless he just, you know, NEVER goes away), but can we all be glad that we're likely done with the hand wringing over Bradley's position, and the consternation over Altidore's scoring prowess and overall quality.

YAY!!! New cycle!!!!