Just putting a column for folks to interact until the roster announcement is made public tomorrow.
Given all the information and data that’s out there, nearly all of it public to you as well, about two roles up in the air.
G (3): Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, David Yeldell
DEF (7): Steve Cherundolo, Oguchi Onyewu, Clarence Goodson, Carlos Bocanegra, Tim Ream, Eric Lichaj, Jonathan Bornstein
TWEENERS (2): Timothy Chandler, Jonathan Spector
MID (7): Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Maurice Edu, Ale Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan
FWD (4): Jozy Altidore, Herculez Gomez, Teal Bunbury, Juan Agudelo
BUBBILY: Jay DeMerit, Benny Feilhaber
See you tomorrow.
Oh and a perplexing complete absence of Jose Francisco Torres anywhere.
This is a player who is 23-years-old and started a World Cup game less than a year ago. To clarify, it’s not that I rate him a certain way, it’s just been an odd national team career trajectory for Torres, filled with large chasms of playing time after a critical start here and there.
From TSG Contributor John in the commentary:
Just to help everyone along, here is the “crib list” for player hate on the USMNT.
Bornstein – Not Talented, No Offense
Spector – Terrible on Defense
Onyewu – Slow, Can’t Distribute
Lichaj – Unproven, Overrated
Bradley – Nepotism, Erratic Passing
Edu – Caught in Possession, Doesn’t think fast enough
Clark – Makes big mistakes, can’t complete a pass
Altidore – Doesn’t play for club team, can’t score a goal, low on confidence
Adu – Can’t play defense, played too early, doesn’t fit in.
Bocanegra – Too old, too slow
Bedoya – Hasn’t done anything, overhyped
Ream – Too slow, can’t tackle
Dempsey – Disappears, aloof, doesn’t tackle
Donovan – Disappears, doesn’t play in EPL
Agudelo – Too young, too overhyped, hasn’t produced
Bunbury – Too Canadian
Torres – No Defense, Bob doesn’t like him, can’t play internationally
Jones – Too many injuries, stupid fouls, too slow
Goodson – Too anonymous, isn’t physical enough, bad positioning
Kljestan – Passes to the other team, doesn’t fit in, moustache, name too difficult to type
Demerit – Not talented enough, not fast enough
Does this cover just about everyone?
From TSG and others on Twitter:
Benny: Failed out of Europe, too many injuries, 2007 strike just a fluke
Kljestan: Hot girlfriend, listens to club music
Add yours below.