•(Editor’s note: The dearth of content lately is temporary–a little burnt out and we’ve lost some writers recently. A quick recharge before we dive full board into qualifying and more. Thanks for the understanding.)
Tuesday should bring about the first wave of Jurgen Klinsmann’s World Cup qualifying roster. Klinsmann has stated that he’ll call as many as 29 before cutting weight to the necessary qualifying levels.
An abbreviated depth chart here from what to expect as the Kaiser rolls into qualifying.
First some notes:
• You may–but you probably won’t–see the absolute best players
Early in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying presents the opportunity to build some chemistry and look at some young players perhaps. Not everyone can play in the qualifiers and, like a club team, role players are needed. Players who understand that they may or may not get a call into the game.
A player like Michael Parkhurst–Central American reps, team player–is valuable during qualifying. A player like CJ Sapong who hasn’t set foot on the pitch in CONCACAF but once just north of the Panama Canal probably can gain more from MLS reps if he is not going to play a armful of minutes.
• You won’t see many surprises
Klinsmann is a believer in the system…in the depth charts. Players sit in a hierarchy on a per position basis. A player like Andrew Wooten or a Joe Corona stands less of a shot if they haven’t seen the inside of the senior side locker room.
• ….but there are some exceptions to every rule
Some put Corona in that bucket. In my pail is Alfredo Morales who looked pristine in covering the midfield for the U-23’s early this year. Does Freddy Adu get rewarded–per chance–for captaining the U-23’s?
G: Tim Howard, Nick Rimando, Brad Guzan
The skinny: Hard not to consider Rimando the second in command, especially when you consider his success during CONCACAF club ball and his strength in both coming of his line and playing the ball out of the back. With Bill Hamid not up to the senior level task, a rusty Brad Guzan makes it.
DEF: Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Clarence Goodson, Tim Ream, Michael Parkhurst, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Chandler, Fabian Johnson, Eric Lichaj, Geoff Cameron
The skinny: Onyewu is back in form and Klinsmann raves about his athleticism. Geoff Cameron has been poor to start the year–but to this eye he looks more unchallenged than anything else. Which Tim Real will show up?
MID: Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Jose Torres, Maurice Edu, Kyle Beckerman, Jermaine Jones, Brek Shea, Landon Donovan, Alfredo Morales
The skinny: The only surprise here is Morales who can also fill in in tHe back. Morales has more upside than Jonathan Spector and presents the same versatility.
FWD: Jozy Altidore, Chris Wondolowski, Terrence Boyd, Herculez Gomez
The skinny: Will Klinsmann only opt for a one of Wondolowksi and Gomez? Probably not with the expansive batch of invites being sent out. Boyd proved he belonged by operating as the lone forward for the U-23’s and still finding the net.
Part of the roster due Tuesday.