USMNT: 23 Names for the September Friendlies

August 22, 2011
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Gimmies if they’re healthy
1. Tim Howard
2. Clint Dempsey – scored a brace in his mid-week Europa League match-up
3. Landon Donovan
4. Carlos Bocanegra – started for Rangers only a few hours after being transferred away from St. Etienne
5. Steve Cherundolo
6. Michael Bradley – still looking for a transfer before the August 31st deadline. Latest rumors are to Napoli or Roma
7. Maurice Edu
8. Clarence Goodson
9. Jozy Altidore – while he still can be inconsistent, he already has 3 goals in the Dutch league including a brace in his first start this weekend

God I hope so
10. Timothy Chandler
11. Alejandro Bedoya – an agreement to transfer to Rangers in January looked like it might collapse and then, just as quickly, turned into an immediate move to the Scottish club
12. Freddy Adu – looked good over the summer and got called in for the Mexico rematch, but didn’t see the field. A move back to MLS with Philadelphia should be good for him and the MNT
13. Zak Whitbread – while he may be off most USMNT fan’s radars, Zak Whitbread is a starting center back in the English Premier League. That alone should get him a look. (picked up a knock in his 1st game last week, but should be good by next week)
14. Eric Lichaj – our best hope at solidifying our left back problems. Needs a loan move before the end of the transfer deadline.

Guys who need another look
15. Brad Guzan – probably our best young keeper. Needs a loan move for regular playing time.
16. David Yedell
17. Sacha Klejstan – although he wasn’t a revelation at attacking mid in the Gold Cup, he continues to get regular starts with Anderlecht, a top mid-tier club.
18. Brek Shea – his last appearance earned him another chance
19. Kyle Beckermann – never been a big fan of his, but was better than Jermaine Jones in the Mexico game
20. Oguchi Onyewu – although he still isn’t getting regular playing time with his club, he is at a much bigger club than most in the MNT player pool and has been a staple of our team for many years. I am still hopeful he can return to his pre-injury best
21. Michael Orozco – did well enough (i.e. didn’t get destroyed) in the Mexico game to warrant another call-up
22. Michael Parkhurst – the Nordsjaelland center back continues to be a regular starter and helped shutout Sporting Lisbon in mid-week Europa League action
23. Josh Gatt – a 19 year old in the Norwegian league, Gatt has been making some noise recently with some pretty sick goals – check out YouTube. Can play as either an outside back or outside mid.

God I hope not
Ricardo Clark – his last call-up was a mystery to me. He has always been underwhelming with the Nats and his penchant for giving up the ball in dangerous areas and reckless tackling make him a no go.
Jermaine Jones – too many ups and downs in his performances with the MNT. In addition, Edu deserves those minutes at defensive mid more. Jones can also be petulant in his playing style, picking up unnecessary yellows and does not work back hard defensively, which is a staple of the American game.
DaMarcus Beasley – Mexican revival aside, anyone who saw him play with the national team between 2006 and 2010 recognizes that his best is long, long behind him.

Don’t make the cut this time around
Edson Buddle, Hercules Gomez, Charlie Davies, Mikkel Diskerud, Tim Ream, Jose Torres, Heath Pearce, Omar Gonzalez and Stuart Holden (still working back from his ACL tear)

John D. Halloran
johnhalloran@hotmail.com


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One Response to USMNT: 23 Names for the September Friendlies

  1. DE Dupuis on August 22, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I guess I should watch more MLS, but its painful as the games I have watched look a bit like high school games with bigger faster guys – as a football fan I’m definitely eurocentric (spainocentric to be precise, yeah I’m a Barca fan) until it comes to the national team and then I’m an unapologetic American. So, your first 7 gimmies look good; Goodson has looked slow and uncertain, and Altidore has never been short on ability just effort. I agree about Jones, and I don’t understand Clark’s inclusion against Mex at all.
    I really don’t have any good ideas for CB’s partner at center back (if not Whitbread) – but for offense, I’d have Agudelo, Gatt, and Omar Salgado all getting minutes, we’ll have to depend on these guys soon, and might as well get them up to speed now. As soon as Holden is back he’s in. Lichaj is a must, as are Whitbread and Spector. Bedoya seems to have earned a spot. We do have a weak spot or two, but a squad of possible players always seems of higher quality than what we end up with on the field; at least with Bradley. Klinsmann obviously went with whoever was easy on our last outing. Can’t wait to see who he thinks our best 11 are.

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