Out and about yesterday.
Here, our sentiments on the 22 players that Jurgen Klinsmann is bringing in to USMNT camp.
• Merit to the CB Madness?
Perhaps the player who generated the most buzz yesterday with his selection was Michael Orozco Fiscal. Jokes, sneers, jeers and some plaudits for the bringing the centerback who has not precisely failed on the job for the USMNT in his few games under Klinsmann, but has not also shone.
There is, of course, merit to the selection of Orozco Fiscal. He’s got handles and he’s got speed. Honduras boasts “RoRo” Olimpia forward Roger Rojas who can easily get behind a backline while Ecuador has june bug Cristiano Benitez who is like a bad YouTube mash-up of Charlie Davies and Jeff Cunnigham.
However, why no other speed-distribution types at centerback, specifically Geoff Cameron who faces off against Honduran Carlo Costly each day in practice or Michael Parkhurst–not as fleet of course but perhaps the most positionally sound US centerback abroad.
Why bring in Gooch? Are you going to pair his distribution with Carlos Bocanegra’s? That hasn’t been a successful recipe previously.
• The “core” is decided already? Really?
Here’s what we know about Jurgen Klinsmann at a high level previous to his USMNT job. He probably spent some time casually watching much of the US senior roster. He was a consultant for Toronto FC immediately preceding this role. He hasn’t coached since 2009.
Since his coronation, he’s managed a total of two camps and three games. He’s also commented that there is a depth chart–fair–for each role on the team.
How in the world then–if there is a depth chart–does he know just who the “core” of the team is? Wasn’t he planning on using different personnel to match styles versus certain teams.
Given that these are highly inconsequential friends here in October 2011 from a results and status standpoint how has “the core” already been determined? Who’s in the circle of trust; who isn’t?
Stay tuned here…
• The strikers are who we thought they were. They ARE who we THOUGHT they were
You have to Klinsmann positive marks already for one thing–that is, putting three players in the center of the pitch instead of two. This often happened under Bob Bradley as well, but really only with a single player–Benny Feilhaber–and to seize the initiative.
I applaud Klinsman for not trying to find a striker who doesn’t clearly exist and using what he has at his disposal. That a one striker, target set-up plays to Klinsmann desire to thrust the flankers forward also helps.
Klinsmann’s selections: Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo & Teal Bunbury are all capable of being target strikers. Can they develop into dominant ones? The jury is still out there.
But even look deeper in the US pool. Names like Conor Doyle, Omar Salgado, Adrian Ruelas stand out at present. These are all target types as well. All go at least 6 feet in length and none would be confused with Chicharito.
The reason why Yanks fans aren’t seeing Charlie Davies or Herculez Gomez at present is because they’re more successful in a 4-4-2 in the international set-up or as a change of pace–and that’s not Klinsmann’s mission right now.
Can’t argue with these selections….yet.
» Why no natural-footed leftback just to take a peak? No Dunivant, no Brad Davis tryout. Beasley is listed as a forward, might we actually see him in defense with Brek Shea coming on like gangbusters. Who knows.
» Is there still the “Jose Torres” hub role, now that both Torres and Stu Holden (able to play that position as well) are out? Will the role fall to WWF star Kyle Beckerman. It would seem so at present. (He’s able.)
» Jozy Altidore is almost 22-years-old. Juan Agudelo almost 19. Bill Hamid, about 21. Seems odd that an almost 21-year-old (his birthday is October 2nd, fans) Mix Diskerud and a 20-year-old Josh Gatt don’t get call-ins. Especially Mix both because of his dual nationality, but more importantly, his role, he’s the CAM-prototype that it would appear Klinsmann is looking for.