Klinsmann’s USA v. Honduras roster now updated.
According to US Soccer, the official roster for the United States first World Cup qualifier in San Pedro Sula is expected Sunday evening. One name we know is already Honduras bound is Tim Chandler who looks like he’ll finally sleep with the US after it took him to dinner and glamorous trips to far regions (like Italy and Slovenia, sort of.)
Also, Klinsmann noted after Tuesday’s match that there would be as many as eight or nine players traveling to Honduras from the January camp roster. We put the number below at six.
Here’s our best guess on who gets called.
(3) G: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan
The skinny: You could see Sean Johnson sneaking in here after a relative mundane clean sheet against Canada or even Nick Rimando as an emergency third keeper, but this isn’t a learning camp. It’s an efficient and quick business trip.
(8) DEF: Tim Chandler, Geoff Cameron, Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Parkhurst, Edgar Castillo, Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler
Need magic spray: Steve Cherundolo (out), Fabian Johnson (questionable)
The skinny: No Steven Cherundolo means that Tim Chandler’s commitment to the US is all the more important. While a boon to the US squad, Chandler is a vastly different player for the US than Cherundolo and the States will be hurt without Dolo’s unflappable ability to possess and move the ball out of the back. That is a real loss for the Yanks.
Fabian Johnson has been ailing as well and it’s a good bet that Klinsmann won’t want to draw the ire of Hoffenheim by bringing in a less-than-fit player for Honduras with the looming home-and-home against Mexico. That is, if Johnson is still injured as of this coming weekend. Healthy and he goes.
Edgar Castillo gets the call and in all likelihood gets the start as Michael Parkhurst hasn’t seen game time in his new Bundesliga I locale. Castillo has been much better than States’ fans have given him credit for in a US shirt over the past year with excellent efforts both in a draw with Canada and the win at Azteca; he’s also been on good club form.
Worse to worse–and heaven forbid–an injury to more than one fullback and Geoff Cameron can slide outside in a pinch as he plays both sides for Stoke City. (Note: Despite the injuries, don’t expect to see Cameron outside here in Honduras as you don’t rob….that Peter-Paul thing.)
I think it’s time to cut bait here with Clarence Goodson. Games last year against Italy and Guatemala proved that as competition gets tougher Goodson is less a capable back-up and more a liability. That liability should be better invested in a player who can grow and learn from it now. An Omar Gonzalez or a Matt Besler or both.
Oh and, yes fans, another name that could sneak in here: Michael Orozco Fiscal
(5) HUB: Danny Williams, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Kyle Beckerman,
The skinny: No surprises really here, save Benny Feilhaber who was tasked with showing Klinsmann that he could be a good soldier, good defender and team player coming off the bench against Canada.
Feilhaber, if you noticed, sat deeper than US fans are accustomed to seeing him in the national team shirt. Note that, as it likely portends that Feilhaber will be used more to link and get the ball up to the forwards as oppose to attack. He impressed with what he could against Canada and his reward will be this US roster.
Maurice Edu misses out as he adjusts to Turkey and is lacking match fitness.
* This tweet by Feilhaber suggests that he is not going to be called in for Honduras.
(6) STR/FW: Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Graham Zusi, Herculez Gomez, Eddie Johnson, Joe Corona
The skinny: First, it looks like Josh Gatt headed back to Norway, so he’s not included here. The rest is the normal cast. Two interesting notes are Graham Zusi staying high against Canada instead of receding into the midfield. Seems Klinsmann thinks of him as an attacking hub. No true surprise there. Also is the note Eddie Johnson was used in the hole–but didn’t excel–against the Reds on Tuesday.
A Jose Torres call-in is always a possibility when Jurgy Love is in charge.