Thursday, September 29, 2011

US Soccer Roster for Honduras / Ecuador

For all the talk about Klinsmann bringing in fresh faces, he has yet to give any US player their first cap.  He'll have another 2 chances with Hamid and another German-born newcomer, Daniel Williams.  I thought Danny was a wide back, but he's listed at mid.

Tim Howard, Bill Hamid, Nick Rimando

Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Steve Cherundolo, Timothy Chandler, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Tim Ream, Jonathan Spector

Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Brek Shea, Kyle Beckerman, Jeff Larentowicz, Daniel Williams

Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, DaMarcus Beasley, Teal Bunbury


- Gooch is back!  It seems that his play at Sporting Lisbon, including that thunderous headed goal last week, has brought him back into the national picture.  He is clearly in his finest form since his knee injury back in Dec '09.  Great news, considering he'll still be in his prime in '14, while Boca probably won't be.  Hmm, where is Clarence Goodson?

- Tim Ream continues to get the call when his club form is deteriorating rapidly.  I blame that classless and dirty Rafael Marquez, who is clearly sabotaging one of our young prospects.  Meanwhile, Omar Gonzalez, George John and Zak Whitbread continue to get overlooked.

- No Edgar Castillo.  Obviously Klinsmann saw what we saw.  Also, with no other options, I'm guessing Timmy Chandler starts at LB?  Or Williams maybe?

- Rimando - what does it mean that Klinsmann is now bringing in a 3rd GK?  Will Hamid get an appearance finally?  We know one thing: Brad Guzan is way out of the picture until he gets some PT.

- Michael Bradley - now that he's settled and impressed at Chievo, let's see how Klinsmann rates him compared to Edu and Beckerman.

- Missing attacking midfielders of note: Kljestan, Adu, Feilhaber, Bedoya and Rogers.  Diskerud, Gatt and other younger ones will likely have to show their stuff in the Olympics first.  Fabian Johnson is out injured.

- Stuart Holden - sad for him as he is out for another 6 months after more knee damage was discovered.  Will he ever catch a break?

- Beasley gets another look after a good run of form in Mexico.  Will he get deployed wide in Rogers' place?

- Jozy Altidore just scored another goal today, this time in Europa League action, bringing his scorching season total to 7.

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