Coach Bob Bradley, or Coach Sweats if you prefer, went with unique roster in competing with
CONMEBOL opponents in March.
The roster sees the following:
G: Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann, David Yelldell
DEF: Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Ream, Jonathan Bornstein, Zak Whitebread, Timothy Chandler, Jay DeMerit, Jonathan Spector
MID: Stu Holden, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Sacha Kljestan
FW: Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Mix Diskeruud
STR: Jozy Altidore, Edson Buddle, Juan Agudelo
* TSG: Way off in our projections. That said, you’re seeing a decidedly more progressive Bob Bradley with this line-up. In 2007, you wouldn’t have seen a just-recovered Agudelo make the camp. Here he does.
Next question: Will Bob Bradley entrust key roles to those that need three-year maturation and growth or will he ween himself off veteran and gradually make those switches.
* Timothy Chandler. Listed as a defender.
* You can now say that Tim Ream is being groomed for that distribution role out of the back. Who he pairs with? Still up in the air. Would Omar Gonzalez have made it if fit?
* Sacha Kljestan, playing a much deeper role for Anderlecht, where will he get the look.
* Not one true–and I mean textbook–winger on the roster. No Ale Bedoya, no DaMarcus Beasley (not that he would have made that). Look for Bradley to do the Cherundolo-Donovan train on the right side.
Who plays left? Does Stu Holden switch over there or does Benny Feilhaber reclaim that role? Will Coach Sweats go with a 4-2-3-1 and who hubs the middle of the “3”….could it be Diskeruud?