It’s out and it’s sort-of, kind-of like we expected.
The USMNT kicks off it’s first game of the post-Klinsmann era in a little less than a week as they take to Soldier Field in Chicago to face the White Eagles of Poland.
The message Bob Bradley is sending with his roster today is: “experience” and this camp is sponsored by the letter: J (as in Jermaine Jones no longer U.S. Soccer’s Snuffleupagus!).
G: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan
DEF: Jonathan Spector, Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson, Eric Lichaj, Oguchi Onyewu, Michael Parkhurst, Steve Cherundolo, Heath Pearce
STR: Jozy Altidore, Eddie Johnson
We’ll have follow-up shortly, but didn’t see Shea getting called from playoff-bound Dallas through he merits the call-in.
The TSG Take
• Okay boys, here’s how it’s going down
Interesting roster from Bob Bradley. I’m going to call it the “Set The Tone” Camp Roster.
Thirteen veterans from World Cup 2010 to take on Poland and Colombia?! Seems to me that Bradley wants to start off getting his veterans with him on the same page.
• Defenders on notice (*this is the biggest signal from the roster selection)
Now, if you check the roster you’ll see that only 10 players were chosen for the front 6!
A full 8 players were brought in for the back four.
With Brek Shea as the only middie/attacking player as the only player who didn’t make Bradley’s 30-man roster, one thing is clear:
Bradley is putting together a seasoned front six so that he can evaluate his back four.
It’s hard to evaluate new players if the ones around them don’t have chemistry developed already.
• Jozy or Bust
Not sure why Justin Braun wasn’t rewarded with a camp. I disagree with that.
Or more appropriately, I disagree with only two strikers coming in.
I think you can pretty much put in the book that Bradley will start in some configuration of a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-2-1 (more on this topic tomorrow).
Another note, Clint Dempsey should not be used as a lone striker. Poor move, hope it doesn’t happen.
• I’m staring at the man in the mirror
Brek Shea meet Ale Bedoya, Ale Bedoya meet Brek Shea. If Robbie Rogers were here, he’d hang out with you both. Diskerud may shortly join that party as well (if he plays wider on the USMNT than he does for his club).
One thing we know about Bradley (from his playing career, player selections, and his son’s game) is that he likes physical players that can take a hit.
From the triumvirate of the aforementioned, Bradley has some big winger/forwards that he’s looking to integrate.
• About that Gold Cup
Many have asked me on Twitter how Gonzo or Donovan don’t get selected.
Two answers: (1) Los Angeles is swooning. Their players either need to recharge (Donovan, Buddle) or focus on the playoffs ahead (Gonzalez, Franklin).
And (2) remember the Gold Cup is coming up next year during MLS’s season. That’s four Galaxy players and Bradley’s probably going to want at least two.
And some minor points:
» A shame that TSG fave Sean Franklin can’t come in and learn from ‘Dolo here. We of course made the viable Los Angeles point above, but that would have been nice for the fan in me.
» No Mix Diskerud. In my mind, his spot went to Shea, similar type players.
Reason 1: Shea has been in a camp already. Diskerud has not. Bradley favors bringing in newbies for long camps if possible before getting their first cap.
» Or…A few weeks ago TSG issued this piece: a tongue in cheek piece on hypothetical trades. In it, we suggested that USSF trade Dallas a friendly in the area for some considerations because of the Pizza Hutters sagging attendance. And…
Very interesting selection Pearce and Shea during the MLS stretch run. The conspiracist in me suggests that may be a little promo work.
I’m not really serious here…but…
» I will not be a happy camp…evaluator if Stu Holden sits again here. He’s earned the right to start…a very long time ago.