Note: We’ve learned that Klinsmann alluded to a single roster in his post-Mexico press conference. Apologies that we missed that.
USA vs. Costa Rica and USA vs. Belgium, right around the corner. Rosters are out sometime later this week.
And folks we’ve settled on it.
With Bob Bradley potentially walking like an Egyptian, there were many suggestions made–some technological and many humorous–about what replaced our “Bradley’s Clipboard.”
Enter Jurgen Klinsmann and cue, “The Depth Chart.”
Simple, to the point, and with more than just a casual nod to the diving that the Kaiser used to do on a few stops around Milan and London in his playing days.
In short, effective, a tad cheeky and subliminal. Perfect.
Now, to the roster.
We admit, the new boss threw some real surprises for the Mexico friendly in August, his first of course–specifically Michael Orozco and Edgar Castillo. (Note: For fans to judge Castillo–whether he ultimately proves to be a national team player–on one game is pathetic. Two days of camp, new teammates….anywho.)
This time, about the only thing that can be guaranteed is that there will be more new faces to get a run out. Expect even more surprises.
We’ll take a shot here at who’s being called in for this one and please make the necessary corrections in the comments section below.
Please take the following with a MASSIVE DISCLAIMER. There is obviously no track record for Klinsmann’s suggestions.
It would be more appropriate to debate the merit of each player–rather than will they be called. The only leanings we had were towards a very split roster due to all the travel and geo-specific (as in players nearby) rosters for each friendly.
(A – All, CR – Costa Rica, B – Belgium)
CR: Nick Rimando, Sean Johnson
B: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Samir Badr (I’m only adding him because of this fantastically awful video.)
A: Tim Chandler
CR: Omar Gonzalez, George John, Michael Orozco, Heath Pearce, Sean Franklin, Edgar Castillo, Geoff Cameron
B: Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson, Carlos Bocanegra, Eric Lichaj, Zak Whitbread
A: Brek Shea, Kyle Beckerman
CR: Jose Torres, Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, Brad Davis, Robbie Rogers, Brad Evans, Luis Gil, Freddy Adu
B: Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, Sacha Kljestan, Mix Diskerud, Josh Gatt, Alejandro Bedoya
A: Juan Agudelo
CR: Justin Braun, CJ Sapong
B: Jozy Altidore, Edson Buddle
Michael Bradley: Needs a club desperately.
Tim Ream: Off form?
CAPS Lock: A great visual this time on just how savvy Klinsmann will be. George John–as risk to play for Greece–should be called in. Ditto for Mix Diskerud who has been called into Norway camp.
Bavaria: Will Klinsmann elect to bring in any waffling German-Americans like Fabian Johnson who commented this weekend that we would consider the United States.
Bradentowners: Any youngsters getting the call? Perhaps Josh Gatt. What about short-term reaches like a Joseph Gyau or Jonathan Brooks?
Bobby Convey: Oh man, came so close to putting him on. Even money on Convey right now.