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Rountable Question #3:
- Today on March 17th, which USMNT player will surprise the most in South Africa, positively or negatively?
Shoaff, Black Sox: Toss up between Stuart Holden and Maurice Edu. If this pair can overcome injury, they’ll shine. Edu with a steady consistency and composure on the ball; Holden with a youthful exuberance and daring approach to the game.
Michelot, Ligue 1 Talk: Negatively ! Rico Clark. I think too much has been made of him. He looked horrendous at the Confederations Cup. He looked slow, outpaced, with a poor positioning that he made up for with risky and reckless challenges. Looks like a liability especially if paired with Bradley. Edu or JJ go instead.
Arbogast, Notre Dame: (Negatively) In support of one of my forthcoming answers, I’ll have to say Boca. I think he’s already hanging on by a thread, and this may be the tournament where his decline gets exposed. Tough to see, but if we give up goals this summer, it’ll be more due to our marking backs than our central defense.
Rogers, Hillcrest Road: Alejandro Bedoya. If he makes the squad (I’ll assume he does), he could make some things happen in a substitute appearance or two.
McKee, “Spectator-Capped“: CD9’s dramatic “return to form” /destined greatness. Breakouts for Bedoya and Holden -expect big things from them on both sides of the ball.. OK, I’ll duck the beer bottles, Beasley too.! In the back, if we suffer cards/injuries Goodson or Pearce might surprise us.
I won’t predict negative.
GeorgeCross: We all know what Howard, Dempsey and Donovan can do, but I feel that Donovan will be ineffective – England, Algeria and Slovenia will do their homework on him and nullify his threat.
If Davies and Holden can get match fit then I tip them to give reassured performances.
I also think that DeMerit will use the WC as a shop window and impress the many scouts watching, and secure a move away from Watford.
Michael Bradley has a wonderful chance to shush the majority of USA fans that whisper ‘nepotism’ at any opportunity–and he will fail to take it.