With the United States-Mexico friendly nary two weeks away, Jurgen Klinsmann’s first brushstroke to his legacy begins.
On Wednesday, the US roster comes out for the August 10th friendly against El Tri in Philadelphia.
There is a lot to balance in the first roster announcement including dialing up the appropriate amount of cut-bait with respect for legacy players. All of this is of course subject merely to availability and with little time to navigate.
Per his press conference and Sunil’s words afterward, expect many of the same faces to go up against Mexico.
It will be interesting though to see just who, especially in Europe, Klinsmann secures with clubs readying for the beginning of the season.
Help us shake it out.
Busy, Call Back Later
Clint Dempsey. “Sorry, Jurgy. I’m exhausted.”
Hard to imagine Fulham and US managing a Deuce recall for this one. The Gold Cup burned out Dempsey and Fulham gave him a huge rest through the opening of the Europa Cup this summer.
Our guess is he stays in London.
Steve Cherundolo. Just about ready to return from an injury. May get a call-in in Belgium. Will be interesting in that Cherundolo was rumored to announce his international retirement before the Gold Cup.
Timothy Chandler. Seems a bit much for the youngster. A call-in and pressure against Mexico with his mind on the season at Nurnberg. US fans will see Chandler in Belgium.
Jozy Altidore. Perhaps a call-in. No player needs to get his club career on track more than Jozy right now. Can’t afford another injury on international duty either.
I Got Through And They Can Make It
Landon Donovan. No. Brainer.
Freddy Adu. “I’m doing absolutely nothing right now. Seriously.”
Michael Bradley. Very, very interesting. Does Klinsmann risk public outcries if he gives him a cooling off period? He should be there. Can’t see him not being.
Maurice Edu. Has his shoes shined and likely will be on the pitch two hours before he’s supposed to be.
Carlos Bocanegra. Would be poor form not to have the captain there.
Tim Howard. See Carlos Bocanegra.
Clarence Goodson. Deserving of course.
Juan Agudelo. Klinsmann, Monday:
There’s so much influence coming from the Latin environment over the last 15-20 years. It also has to be reflected in the U.S. National Team, and you have so many kids now with dual citizenship, Mexican or other Central American countries and American, so that will always be a topic to discuss.
You’re in Agudelo.
Alejandro Bedoya. Speaking of…
Brek Shea. I’m not Latin, but sometimes I play like it on FC Dallas. I’m also left-footed and have the lead in the “the hair that made Clint Mathis popular in Germany” category.
Tim Ream. Yes? No?
or Heath Pearce. Hmm.
Benny Feilhaber. Benny just became free, but does he still have it?
Jermaine Jones. The token German? Or is that now Klinsmann. Wednesday will tell us.
Marcus Hahnemann. Consistency and no worries with this pick.
I Didn’t Even Know You Had My Number
Sean Franklin. Look, just because I’m the president of the Franklin Fan Club, doesn’t mean that you don’t want one of the faster rightbacks on form right now to get a call-in. Plus he can split a rental car with Landon. Critical because Klinsmann (and Bradley’s buyout) is going to cost US Soccer.
Geoff Cameron. The one guy whose stock legitimately increased at the MLS All-Star game.
Bobby Convey. He’s got to consider it, no? They could always just say this was a look-see, a courtesy in his hometown. Long live the 2006 World Cup memories?
Chris Pontius. Deserves the look ahead of Charlie Davies, though Klinsmann could use Davies speed.
Did it go to voicemail? (On the fringe?)
Jonathan Spector. Not a Klinsmann sort of player, being reluctant to get up the flank and lifting in crosses instead. Might Specs days on the depth chart now be numbered.
(Oh and Spec, two years now at Birmingham City, good move.)
Eric Lichaj. “All I’ve really been doing is going to play some 7-on-7 in Hong Kong.” … and now I’ve got an injury.
Teal Bunbury. He does have free time.
Jose Torres. Is it too soon or does the precedent need to be set? We say no.
Mixx Diskerud. Does his chance–a much needed one–start now?
Jonathan Bornstein. If only for the public and I say that in a non-joking manner.
Robbie Rogers. I’ll run with the whole, “They played some semi-pro league together” some other time.