Jurgen Klinsmann will debut the US squad for two vital qualifiers tomorrow morning.
Here’s a look at who might be on that list Monday. We did not confine the list to a set number so expect less names tomorrow.
Again, as always, this who Klinsmann might pick–not who TSG would.
G: Brad Guzan, Nick Rimando, Sean Johnson
The skinny: Guzan is the #1 with Tim Howard ailing and Nick Rimando the back-up. Rimando’s experience in altitude and in CONCACAF will come in handy should Guzan take an unfortunate knock. Bill Hamid’s been the best keeper in MLS this season, but Sean Johnson–with a terrific effort against Sporting KC this weekend–gets the nod as he’s the third incumbent currently.
DEF: Tim Chandler, Geoff Cameron, Carlos Bocanegra, Omar Gonzalez, Michael Parkhurst, Fabian Johnson, Matt Besler, Alfredo Morales.
The skinny: This is troubling for the States. Off the name above, only Timmy Chandler is on form right now and his last time in the Waldos wasn’t exactly spectacular. Cameron is back in the line-up for Stoke City after a hiccup–the Potters registered a shutout this weekend as well. Of course, Steve Cherundolo and Edgar Castillo are out for the States with injuries.
Omar Gonzalez–your likely starter again–was okay in the Galaxy’s draw as was Matt Besler against Chicago a week after having a poor outing in Toronto. One has to wonder if Jeff Parke or Justin Morrow–January camp participants will be given a look at here at all also.
MF: Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Danny Williams, Maurice Edu, Jose Torres, Kyle Beckerman
The skinny: No true surprises here. Klinsmann goes with tried and true–even if that means Jose Torres might get some playing time.
FW: Clint Dempsey, Graham Zusi, Eddie Johnson, Herculez Gomez, Alejandro Bedoya
The skinny: The Costa Rica game for the States is precisely what you want a fit Clint Dempsey for. Alas, Deuce just made his return to Tottenham this Sunday, subbing in in the Spurs 1-0 loss to Fulham. He may go the distance, but it’s not likely. Eddie Johnson will likely be employed in the left-side “swing forward” role. Tasked with playing defense ahead of Fabian Johnson and then pushing up high on the left. Johnson, of course, excelled centrally at striker for Seattle this past weekend his more natural role (that said, EJ also looked painful in that striker role during the January camp friendly against Canada.)
Herculez Gomez has been firing and the Yanks are sure to glad to see it while both Graham Zusi and Joe Corona have played good club ball of late.
No Shea or Gatt call-in, though pulling in one of the two (esp. Gatt.) would seem to make a ton of sense as a variable off the bench.
STR: Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo
The skinny: Altidore is burning up the Dutch league, but he’s been profiting off the creation and hold-up play of others. The US will ask him to play with his back to the basket again which may work against an inferior central defense of Costa Rica but would be challenging against El Tri.
Juan Agudelo looks to be renewed under new Chivas USA coach El Chelis. Remember, Agudelo already has 17 caps to his name.