We’re not experts; we just work here. And we’re sure to be wrong.
In the spirit of fun and our column on Saturday, we’ll take a half court shot at the roster invites being sent for the USMNT friendlies later this week.
Here we go, assuming a rather big 25-man roster:
G: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Troy Perkins
The Skinny: SURPRISE! I see Howard maybe getting a rest, but not not being on the roster.
DEF: Chad Marshall. Jonathan Bornstein, Jonathan Spector, Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo, Eric Lichaj, Clarence Goodson, Edgar Castillo
The Skinny: All are either in the area or recently departed from the MLS playoffs.
MID: Benny Feilhaber, Michael Bradley,Clint Dempsey, Jose Francisco Torres, Robbie Rogers, Sacha Kljestan, DaMarcus Beasley, Jeremiah White (W/FW)
The Skinny: One problem with TSG’s suggestions. Coach B favors defense–we don’t have a lot of it on that line above.
STRIKER: Kenny Cooper, Jozy Altidore, Conor Casey, Eddie Johnson, Chris Pontius, Marcus Tracy
The Skinny: Lots of new faces who are playing in the nearby radius, for the most part. Lots of speed added.
» Frank Simek (DEF): Too much injury time (possible)
» Johann Smith (STR): TSG wouldn’t be surprised, but he hasn’t been on the national scene in a while.
» Freddy Adu (MID): Hasn’t done anything to merit it.
» Marvell Wynne (DEF): Has had major injury concerns, but used to be in Coach USA’s pecking order.
» Danny Califf (DEF): Probably the most likely to be included. TSG is just not a fan.
» Heath Pearce (DEF): We said “notable.” Dallas is out, but now you’ve got a coming-on Bornstein and the possibilities of Castillo on the rear left flank. How’s Pearce getting run?
» Preston Zimmerman (STR): Austia is not too far away
» Eddie Gaven (MID): Not seeing it, but he’s available
» Chad Barrett (STR): Not likely
» Nate Jaqua (STR/MID): Could the lengthy Sounder sneak in with his recent performances. He is 28.
» Maurice Edu (MID): With no fitness, what could he prove? The TSG favorite it out via Twitter.
» MLS’ers still in the playoffs: Landon Donovan, Stu Holden, Ricardo Clark, Brian Ching, Kyle Beckerman, Robbie Findley, Chris Rolfe, Geoff Cameron (guy is strong lately)
Bradley knows what he has with Beasley. Johann Smith is 4 hours away from Bratislava. Sacha is a former disciple of Bradley and can step-in in the absence of Ricardo Clark should Benny or MB get injured.
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