Discuss: Klinsmann’s January Camp Roster

Well done, Benny!

Last try, Benny!

Feilhaber with another lifeline.

Wondolowski with one more run.

The sweet left foot of Brad Davis.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)

DEFENDERS (9): Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes), Jeff Parke (Philadelphia Union)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (out of contract), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Edson Buddle (Colorado Rapids), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

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  1. Posted by Herc on 2013/01/06 at 11:37 AM

    GOALKEEPERS (3): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)

    DEFENDERS (9): Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes), Jeff Parke (Philadelphia Union)

    MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (out of contract), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

    FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Edson Buddle (Colorado Rapids), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

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    • Posted by Paul on 2013/01/06 at 12:52 PM

      For easy of comparision, here’s TSG’s predictions for the camp:

      G: Nick Rimando, Sean Johnson, Bill Hamid

      DEF: Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, George John, Steven Beitashour, Sheanon Williams, Heath Pearce, Amobi Okugo, Chance Myers

      MID: Alfredo Morales, Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Graham Zusi, Dax McCarty, Nick DeLeon

      FW: Chris Pontius, Freddy Adu, Josh Gatt, Benny Feilhaber, Mix Diskerud, Brek Shea

      STR: Eddie Johnson, CJ Sapong, Alan Gordon, Juan Agudelo

      (From http://theshinguardian.com/2013/01/02/outstanding-camp-cupcake-invites-whos-maybe-hdc-bound/)

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  2. Posted by Paul on 2013/01/06 at 1:07 PM

    Interesting points:
    1. No Heath Pearce. A mistake? Pearce’s international form–decent, but not enough to hold down the left back position–could provide needed depth at the left back spot. With 35 (!) caps, he’s a bit hard to not see on this squad.

    2. No Alan Gordon. Hard to see a player who did well in his limited minutes with the nats not rewarded with further playing time.

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    • Posted by john mosby on 2013/01/06 at 2:00 PM

      i think alan gordon had off season hip surgery and cj sapong is probably getting ready to blow everyones mind by signing with arsenal.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2013/01/06 at 9:36 PM

      I think with players like Pearce and Kljestan and Feilhaber, Klinsmann really values professional attitude and when you talk about those three players they are not the most 100% committed all the time.

      (Here’s a funny true story by the way on Pearce … He was dealt from Dallas because he and “another player” bought an old/ancient limo and on Saturday nights they would make the rookies (Zach Loyd at the time) drive them around on their club “excursions.)

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  3. Posted by Ufficio on 2013/01/06 at 1:45 PM

    So where are the alleged surprises?

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    • Posted by Ufficio on 2013/01/06 at 1:47 PM

      Oh, DeLaGarza.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2013/01/06 at 9:37 PM

      Lade is and isn’t a suprise to me. He’s got the engine of course. But his defending is downright dreadful. Maybe Klinsmann and company think they can improve that.

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      • Unlikely. That’s RBNY’s job. Most likely they want to get a feel for his character and test his fitness.

        Lade can improve his soccer skills but speed, well, to a great degree either you have that or you don’t.

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  4. It seems we have a lot of RBs from Beltran, Beitashour, Morales (can play there), Lade, and even De La Garza can play the position. Morrow seems to be lone true LB or has played there for San Jose. Other than that, I like many of the call ups.

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  5. Posted by Alex on 2013/01/06 at 8:21 PM

    I think Dax McCarty is a pretty big snub he’s been fantastic for NY. Shame Pontious had to pull out I was really excited to watch him in a US kit. It seems like he always has something come up right before camps.

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    • Posted by jim on 2013/01/07 at 12:47 PM

      Agreed- McCarty is stellar and I would have thought he would get a look at “Camp Cupcake” again at least. I understand when he’s omitted from a high profile friendly or a qualifier due to the relative depth we have at CM, but he really should get another shot here in my opinion.

      It’s too bad regarding Pontius- hopefully, the next time he gets an invite he won’t have to decline (hopefully he gets another invite).

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      • Posted by schmutzdeck on 2013/01/07 at 10:03 PM

        Dax is a numbers game victim.

        He plays a position where the US has a lot of depth and he is just way down in the chart.

        Even in a camp like this JK and his staff have only so much time and space.

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  6. Posted by KickinNames... on 2013/01/06 at 8:48 PM

    No Okogu or Williams? both seem to be evolving as pros rather nicely even if they happen to be in Philly. Williams in particular surprises that he’s not given a look.

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    • Posted by huh on 2013/01/06 at 8:54 PM

      Yep. That’s what surprised me. Interesting that Philly’s one name is Parke, who’s yet to see the field in a U shirt. Glad no Adu.

      Why Edson Buddle?

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      • Posted by matthewsf on 2013/01/06 at 9:33 PM

        Edson Buddle can bang on the forwards in the pool. He’s also been schooled under Klinsmann so he knows what Klinsmann wants.

        You can’t “look” at all players in a camp. Buddle will merely do his job.

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        • Posted by schmutzdeck on 2013/01/07 at 10:09 PM

          Buddle is also there to put pressure on the CB candidates.

          A skilled big guy like Edson will be a good test for them. And he is likely to be around for the whole camp unlike Juan.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2013/01/06 at 9:38 PM

      Agreed on Okogu. I wasn’t impressed as much with Williams this year. I think he’s going to be a good one, but his past year seemed more shaky than I expected.

      Disclaimer, I only watched 10 Union games.

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  7. Posted by crow on 2013/01/06 at 11:08 PM

    I have no idea why Okugo isnt getting a run at CDM or CB. He’s a younger Maurice Edu with a much higher ceiling and better distribution.

    Williams wasn’t world class last year at times but he was solid throughout the year. He was about the only consistent player the Union had last year. As a disclaimer, I didn’t have season tickets last year as compared to before so I watched most of the games on TV. i’m looking forward to Williams putting it all together this year. I really think he can play in Europe and be a solid backup international RB.

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    • Posted by Alex on 2013/01/07 at 2:13 AM

      I definitely agree that Williams is a far more interesting call up than say, De La Garza who was not on form this year at all.

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  8. Posted by SamT on 2013/01/07 at 8:26 AM

    Return of the Ambassador! Been a while since I’ve seen Bedoya in action.

    The surprise for me… There really isn’t a veteran core here. Goes against the theory that the best way to test fringe players is to surround them with a veteran core. This is sink or swim.

    Will be interesting to see if they have the time or inclination to gel, or if this is a lot of individuals looking to make an individual impression.

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  9. Posted by justin on 2013/01/07 at 1:34 PM

    I think this camp poses a lot of interesting match ups between the players… Not only are guys fighting to move up to the next camp but possible to be main guys for the Gold Cup this summer.

    1) Striker/Winger
    Target Striker: Buddle vs Bruin
    2nd Striker: Agudelo vs Eddie vs Wondo
    Winger in 4-3-3: Agudelo vs eddie vs gatt vs bedoya

    (I think these battles are important because Boyd will probably be a starter this summer for the Gold cup which decreases available roster spots from these guys)

    2) Midfield
    My favorite battles will definitely be who comes out on top in CM. Each player is a little different in his own way but all very good with their own pros and cons.

    CM battle between: Mix, Benny, Zusi, Davis, and Evans

    I think these guys are battling for 2 starting spots on this roster. This summer if Landon starts for the A-Team, it pushes Zusi down as an A-Team sub, B-Team Starter. Mo Edu could also get thrown into the group too which creates even less room.

    3) Defense
    I think the FBs especially know there isn’t much room on the A-team with the depth. Right now playing in good form at FB in major leagues are Johnson, Chandler, Dolo, Lichaj, Castillo. 5 quality FBs, any of who could be starting at the WC in 2014 depending on the 18 months. So this camp is essentially a tryout for the Gold Cup roster.

    My camp matchup is between Beitashour and Beltran at RB. Both similar with attacking talents and speed.

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    • Posted by justin on 2013/01/07 at 3:16 PM

      yeah i forgot to add parkhurst in at the FB… that make 6 on the depth chart that could, depending on injuries and form, be starting in Brazil

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    • Posted by chris_thebassplayer on 2013/01/07 at 4:52 PM

      I’m most interested to see how well Omar and Besler perform. Mainly to see if Besler can join the conversation at CB for the nats in this cycle… Omar seems to already be in the conversation. I’m also curious to see what Morales will bring and what position he might play. I’d like to see how Agudelo would do if given a shot at the attacking mid position.

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  10. I’d argue this is not the same January camp it was last year. January 2012 they were looking for players to add to USMNT for WC qualifying and see where we had depth as 3rd and 4th stringers. This year, 1 USMNT cannot play all WC qualifiers (WC Qualifiers are 1 in Feb, 2 in March, 3 in June, 2 in September, and 2 in October) and the Gold Cup games in July 2013 . One USMNT team is not realistic for both events. So this group seems to be put together for yes 1) opportunities to move up to team 1 and 2) play Gold Cup.

    I still expect the Gold Cup team to add more players to that team that have experience like a Parkhurst (with Cherundolo and Chandler most likely landing the 1st and 2nd team with WC) and/or players like Jose Torres, Stuart Holden, etc…

    Justin is right, there is a lot of competition out there.

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