TSG readers Nick and Matthew N combined to give me a very good idea to kick off our “World Cup 2010 Roster” conversations.
If you’ve noticed TSG hasn’t really commented yet on who we think goes, doesn’t go to South Africa as we’ve still got a little less than a year left and there is a lot to sort out–not least of which is, who is injured or even eligible?
While Nick and I chatted about stars of yesteryear making roster cameos, Friedel and McBride to be precise, we’re going to shelve that piece for discussion in a little bit and come out with a pie-in-the-sky “What Could Have Been?” the starting eleven in 2010.
Here’s just a little fun for your Monday: (and I had fun too, I went with a 4-2-3-1 which I’m not sure is a legitimate formation and is illegal in 37 countries.)
*Remember, this….is…just…for…fun. Not our opinion on line-ups or formation. Most already know my feeling on the formation.
G: Tim Howard
DEF: Eric Lichaj, Brede Hangeland, Neven Subotic, Jonathan Spector
MID: Jermaine Jones, Benny Feilhaber
FW: Landon Donovan, Giuseppi Rossi, Clint Dempsey
STR: Jozy Altidore
THREE SUBS: Charlie Davies, Stu Holden, Edgar Castillo
• Could you imagine having Subotic and Hangeland–who I believe is up there in the EPL with Vidic, Vermaelen, and King–in central defense. Wow! Speaking of Vidic, Subotic chose the Serbian national team, over the Americans and Germans, who boast Vidic and Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in the lineage of great central defenders. Subotic for his part is no slouch. An alumnus of Bradentown and US U-20, he just locked up a 4-year deal to man the middle for the Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund.
• Yes, we know Giuseppi Rossi blah, blah, blah. How about Donovan and Rossi crashing the wings with Dempsey happy to find the right passes and Feilhaber coming up for BOOMbasas! (Thank you Peter Vermes for that word). Remember though, without a Dempsey or Brian Ching injury, even if Rossi was in the American squad, Bob Bradley might have confined him to the bench. Somewhere Jose Francisco Torres is weeping.
• What about Castillo (who many have annointed site unseen as the next coming of Roberto Carlos or something) off the bench channeling his inner Carlos and overlapping with a Donovan run, for a volley into the box for a Altidore head.
So with this little fun piece, we begin with an outlet pass from Howard to Spector on our 2010 “who makes it” pieces–which probably begin in earnest and more technically after the Costa Rica WCQ closer.
Oh, and Matthew N’s TSG HOF comment on Jermaine Jones that has us ducking for cover as we publish here, “Is this guy an American or a German.. I dislike these turncoat types.”
With U.S. U-20 looking to bounce back against Cameroon tomorrow, it was none other than current U-20 coach Thomas Rongen who came under fire for Subotic’s decision to play for Serbia. Now, Rongen is currently drawing criticism for the largely inexperienced line-up selction that met the wrong side of 3-0 against Germany on Saturday.