Our poll is now closed.
We asked you, “Which USMNTer’s fitness concerns you the most heading into Honduras 10/10?”
In a poll that meandered between Mike Bradley and Oguchi Onyewu in the lead for awhile, the Gooch came out overwhelmingly on top as Bradley played a full 90 this past Saturday.
Gooch owned 50% of the vote with Bradley next at 23%.
My vote was for Jonathan Spector. Spector played exceedingly well in the earlier qualifier against Honduras and has not seen much time for the Hammers since the T&T game. I would have liked to have had him in there on 10/10. However, if you’re Bob Bradley, you have to consider Steve Cherundolo–not just for his speed relative to Spector, but now for his fitness.
Alas, Spector only got 7% of the vote.
On a side or final note: Seems like the USMNT is either pretty banged up or managing time off the bench. If you think the U.S. starters for Saturday’s match are the following:
Howard, Cherundolo, Gooch, Bornstein, Donovan, Bradley, Clark, Holden?, Altidore and Davies
then you’re missing from the Confed Cup final: Spector, Demps, and Demerit.
Further, you’ve got Altidore and Gooch with little to no playing time lately and Bradley who just got back on the pitch.
That’s six former starters from South Africa that will not see action or come in having seen little action lately.
….Oh, in a similar vain, let’s not forget ironman Tim Howard, who’s churning the mileage, but runs better than a Toyota Landcruiser.