Bob Bradley goes young and looks to unearth talent here early in the cycle. Cusp players like Heath Pearce, Robbie Rogers, Eddie Gaven are not called in.
More analysis forthcoming:
GOALIES: Nick Rimando, Sean Johnson, Matt Pickens, Dominic Cervi
DEFENDERS: Omar Gonzalez, Tim Ream, Sean Franklin, AJ De La Garza, Ryan Miller, Ugo Imehlu, Anthony Wallace, Marvell Wynne, Zach Lloyd, (Ike Opara, invited, decline due to injury)
MIDFIELDERS: Brek Shea, Sam Cronin, Alejandro Bedoya, Jeff Larentowicz, Dax McCarty, Mikkel Diskerud, Eric Alexander
FORWARDS: Justin Braun, Juan Agudelo, Teal Bunbury, Chris Wondolowski
• “I don’t like your cuffs. I don’t like your cuffs. I don’t like your cuffs.”
Distribution, distribution, distribution. Look for Bob Bradley to make moving the ball out of the back a priority for who he tries in central defense.
Brek Shea, might he get a look? The favored horses right now are Tim Ream and Omar Gonzalez….after that the camp is wide open.
• And that leads to “Hold that ball!”
With Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey arguably cresting their prime here and incising attackers like Mix Diskerud, Alejandro Bedoya and even Robbie Rogers being a big part of the attack on the wings, it is imperative the US can find somebody up top that they can heave-ho it to and who can ward off defenders.
Jozy Altidore has the body, but his mindset says, “Theirry Henry” more than “Asamoah Gyan.”
Teal Bunbury and Justin Braun battle it out to see which, or rather if at this point, either can be a successful target striker–so desperately needed by the States–on the international scene. We say Braun can play nationally, but Bunbury’s got that better shot.
• Who’s picking it up for JB and HP?
Jonathan Bornstein’s gone south of the border; Heath Pearce gets a Jan Camp break. With Bobby Convey not in camp (you pretty much know what you have there) who’s stepping up at leftback from the likes of Ryan Miller, AJ De La Garza and Anthony Wallace. Perhaps the most fascinating battle in camp!
• Surprised omissions?
Geoff Cameron…thought he’d be there for sure. Maybe Bob Bradley is comfortable knowing what he has (which is why you likely see Robbie Rogers and Heath Pearce left out).
Bobby Convey, the talent is obvious…it’s not about that. Perhaps Bobby Convey goes JC (Jeff Cunningham) and shows up later in the cycle if he continues to perform.
» Looks like Marvell Wynne is going to see a lot of CB action?
» Great group of forwards…finally…huh?!
More analysis shortly…