Michael Bradley, Bundesliga, age 22, 34 US Caps
Jermaine Jones, highly touted, Bundesliga, age 27
Ricardo Clark, Serie A Livorno perhaps?, age 26, 33 caps
Sam Cronin, 2008 Herman Trophy Finalist, age 22, 2 caps
Kyle Beckerman, Real Salt Lake Captain, MLS Allstar, age 27, 9 caps
Maurice Edu, Scottish Premier League powerhouse Rangers, age 23, 4 caps
I’ve got some old news for you guys. You all play the same position.
The math: 6 viable options, 1, yes 1 (see Issue 1 below) starting nod. Chances of making the staring XI (all things being equal which they, of course, are not): 16.7%
Take that 16.7% and let’s consider some observations at TSG (and probably in many other locations and hopefully in Bob Bradleys office) on the US’s “Summer of Soccer” 2009:
Issue 1: The USMNT is extremely challenged by employing two defensive midfielders — hence this two defensive pairing in the middle needs to end. It can’t be Bradley and Clark. It has to be defensive holder and Benny, Dempsey, or even Freddy Adu.