Friday, June 25, 2010

US Roster Look

Pre-World Cup, I thought the starting lineup would be:


1st Defender off bench: Spector
1st Midfielders off bench: Feilhaber, Clark
1st Forward off bench: Gomez

Now after 3 group games, its clear Bob Bradley would prefer starting Findley up top for speed and Dempsey on the right mid.  The other central position beside Michael is a rotating door with 3 different starters:


Against England, he went with his preferred lineup, then started Clark next to Mike, and later brought in Buddle and Holden as subs for Findley and Jozy.

Against Slovenia, he started Torres instead of Clark and brought in Feilhaber and Edu at half for Torres and Findley.  Gomez came in the 80th minute for Gooch when Bob went to a 3-4-3 to push for a goal.  (Dempsey-Jozy-Gomez up top).

Against Algeria, he started Gomez instead of a red-carded Findley and Edu instead of Torres/Clark.  Bornstein started on the left and Boca moved to the center in place of the benched Gooch.  At half, Feilhaber again came in, this time for Gomez as Dempsey moved up top.  Later Buddle came in for Edu as Dempsey dropped back to the attacking midfield.  Beasley eventually saw some time for Bornstein as Bob again went to a 3-4-3.

Bob Bradley has again really shown some tactical aggression as he switches to a risky 3-4-3 when goals are needed.  The moves were well timed and paid off with scores at the end of the last two games.

The players that have yet to play are our 2 backup keepers - Hahnemann and Guzan, and defenders Spector and Goodson.  I'm a little surprised that Spector hasn't played yet even though he didn't have the greatest season because he was a big contributor to our Confederations Cup success last summer.  Clearly its merely a result of Cherundolo's outstanding play.

Guys who've started every game: Donovan, Dempsey, Howard, Boca, DeMerit, Cherundolo, Bradley, Altidore.

Guys who've played in 2 games (or part of): Feilhaber, Edu, Buddle, Gomez, Findley and Gooch.

Guys who've only played one game (or part of): Holden, Clark, Torres, Beasley and Bornstein.

I would say that Bob has made great use of his 23 man roster.  Hopefully our depth comes in handy with this crazy 2 day rest before our first knockout match.

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