Predictions: USMNTers Going Eastward

We’re not experts; we just work here. And we’re sure to be wrong.

In the spirit of fun and our column on Saturday, we’ll take a half court shot at the roster invites being sent  for the USMNT friendlies later this week.


We know Benny! will be there

Here we go, assuming a rather big 25-man roster:

G: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Troy Perkins

The Skinny: SURPRISE! I see Howard maybe getting a rest, but not not being on the roster.

DEF: Chad Marshall. Jonathan Bornstein, Jonathan Spector, Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo, Eric Lichaj, Clarence Goodson, Edgar Castillo

The Skinny: All are either in the area or recently departed from the MLS playoffs.

MID: Benny Feilhaber, Michael Bradley,Clint Dempsey, Jose Francisco Torres, Robbie Rogers,  Sacha Kljestan, DaMarcus Beasley, Jeremiah White (W/FW)

The Skinny: One problem with TSG’s suggestions. Coach B favors defense–we don’t have a lot of it on that line above.

STRIKER: Kenny Cooper, Jozy Altidore, Conor Casey, Eddie Johnson, Chris Pontius, Marcus Tracy

The Skinny: Lots of new faces who are playing in the nearby radius, for the most part. Lots of speed added.

Notable absentees:

» Frank Simek (DEF): Too much injury time (possible)

» Johann Smith (STR):  TSG wouldn’t be surprised, but he hasn’t been on the national scene in a while.

» Freddy Adu (MID): Hasn’t done anything to merit it.

» Marvell Wynne (DEF): Has had major injury concerns, but used to be in Coach USA’s pecking order.

» Danny Califf (DEF): Probably the most likely to be included. TSG is just not a fan.

» Heath Pearce (DEF): We said “notable.” Dallas is out, but now you’ve got a coming-on Bornstein and the possibilities of Castillo on the rear left flank. How’s Pearce getting run?

» Preston Zimmerman (STR): Austia is not too far away

» Eddie Gaven (MID): Not seeing it, but he’s available

» Chad Barrett (STR): Not likely

» Nate Jaqua (STR/MID): Could the lengthy Sounder sneak in with his recent performances. He is 28.

» Maurice Edu (MID): With no fitness, what could he prove? The TSG favorite it out via Twitter.

» MLS’ers still in the playoffs: Landon Donovan, Stu Holden, Ricardo Clark, Brian Ching, Kyle Beckerman, Robbie Findley, Chris Rolfe, Geoff Cameron (guy is strong lately)

Some rationales:

Bradley knows what he has with Beasley. Johann Smith is 4 hours away from Bratislava. Sacha is a former disciple of Bradley and can step-in in the absence of Ricardo Clark should Benny or MB get injured.

Take a shot in the comments below.


Other weekend columns:

Open Tryouts for South Africa?

TSG Weekend Review: Weekend Revs: Reds, Blues & More

Galaxy-Chivas Game Review

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by matthewsf on 2009/11/08 at 10:28 PM

    Tracy is a hail mary — we just need a little originality.


    • Posted by Antonio H. on 2009/11/09 at 12:10 AM

      I think Tracy and Brek Shea have the same chance of making the roster. I have no idea if that’s a good thing or a bad thing


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2009/11/09 at 12:15 AM

        Yeah, I hardly think Tracy has a shot; nor do I think he belongs — that being said, he is young and brings speed.

        You can put him in there with any number of fast, not-super-technically proficient U.S. strikers.

        Brek Shea would get even alive in pretty much any group game in South Africa.


  2. I was hoping we’d get to see Torres get another run out in a tough situation. Against Costa Rica he did control the game very well and made some excellent passes, but was it due to him becoming a better player before our eyes or Costa Rica’s “prevent” defense?

    Leaving out Cooper when he’s been doing well with 1860 Munich, and would be facing a team very similar to what he faces on a weekly basis in Germany doesn’t make much sense…

    Lichaj would’ve been nice to see getting some minutes, if only to push Bornstein for his position a little.


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