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Rountable Question #2:
Tim Howard suggests Jermaine Jones may be a contender for inside the USMNT midfield come South Africa.
Say we’re dealing Jones into the mix, what does this mean for personnel (Benny, Mike B, Rico, Edu, even Kljestan and Torres) and what does this mean for formation or style of play? How does an edition by Jones impact the team….or does it?
Rogers, Hillcrest Road: Well, it certainly means that one or more of those players won’t make the squad. I think that’s down to Benny, Kljestan and Torres. Michael Bradley, Rico Clark and Mo Edu are pretty much locks in my opinion.
As for style of play, I think it gives us another box-to-box type of midfielder like Bradley who can do the dirty work but still get into the attack. It would probably give us a little more precision in attack from midfield, which is likely why Howard suggests he’s still an option.
Shoaff, Black Sox: Talent wise, he’d slide into the lineup, but team chemistry is the worry. In ’98 we had all kinds of problems (see Harkes, John; see also Sampson’s 3-6-1 formation), but a biggie was bringing Regis, Maisseneauve, and Deering into the mix so late. All solid players, but not worth the chemistry risk.
Arbogast, Notre Dame: An unlikely scenario to begin with but one that could pay huge dividends. I think the optimal strategy to take would be to pair Jones with a creative possession-capable attacking mid like Feilhaber or Holden. Ultimately though, you’d probably see him with Junior which still has a higher ceiling than the status quo.
Michelot, Ligue 1 Talk: BB will stick with his formation. It would be a mistake to change it all for one player, so close to the start of the WC. Players like M. Bradley have been used to it and excel there. Kljestan & Torres out, Feilhaber stays because of experience, and I think Clark goes to the WC for the same reason.
McKee, “Spectator-Capped“: Jones is in, if healthy and team chemistry works. Look what great walk-ons with the right chemistry (Landon/Everton) can do.
(optimistic, A to pessimistic, G) Injury/recovery dictates, followed by balanced offense/defense, central/wingers:
A =favorite – slide right as needed.
If CD9 is out Dempsey goes Forward. Kljestan/Torres-sorry 2014.