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Post #1
Friday January 9, 2015 3:32am

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I have compiled a list of 10 players who could be dark horse late entries onto the Gold Cup team.

1. Chris Pontius: Why Pontius? Because the USMNT is still unsettled and quite frankly really thin at winger. Gyau is coming back from injury, and may not see any first team minutes with Dortmund. Fabian Johnson is rarely used by Monchengladbach, Julain Green is still used as a bench/garbage minutes player, and who knows if Brek Shea can get back to playing well. If Chris Pontius play's well to the start of the season for DC, he will definitely be a player to keep an eye on for the Gold Cup.

2. Josh Gatt: What, Gatt? Because he is supposedly quite healthy and training really well with Molde. Also the USMNT is thin at winger.

3. Rubio Rubin: Rubin can line-up in any of the front 4 attacking positions. Also he is the only FWD besides Zardes and Dempsey who was/is playing consistently well.

4. Gedion Zelalem: JK has made it known that Zelalem is the jewell of his desire. Now I agree that he could be playing with the U-20's at the WC, but I have this feeling that we will see Zelalem with the USMNT at the Gold Cup.

5. Omar Salgado: Will a new environment really bring out his talent? he is a very talented FWD. If he play's with Tigres first team and scores goals, you better believe Klinsmann will be sitting up and taking notice.

6. Ventura Alvarado: He is currently playing CB during preseason for America, but he is a total all around good defender and has really good pace. For me I think he could really help at a need area for the USMNT at LB. He recently stated that he would prefer to play for the USMNT, I would expect to see him called up for the March friendlies.

7. Jose Torres: Yes Torres had his difficulties in the last cycle with the USMNT, but he also wasn't playing well for his club during that time. That has changed and Torres was playing really well for Tigres in the Apertura. He could find himself in the Gold Cup mix not as a Cm but as an LM.

8. Edgar Castillo: Yet again the USMNT is scary thin at LB. Fabian Johnson rarely play's regardless of position for Monchengladbach. While I like Greg Garza for me there are still a lot of questions like his lack of speed. Like I said I think it's a no brainer for Klinsmann to look at Alvarado for LB, but Castillo is still in the dark horse race for that position because he is still playing well in Liga MX and the USMNT is ultra thin at LB.

9. Robbie Rogers: The USMNT is scary thin at LB.

10. Maurice Edu: If MB90 is an attack minded CM like Klinsmann continues to say then Edu could find himself back in the equation at DM. It looks plain to see that Klinsmmann is going to continue the Jones at CB experiment, and there are no clear DM's emerging besides Geoff Cameron.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #2
Friday January 9, 2015 3:55am

Joined May 2013
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1. Rubin

I asked yall if he keeps producing for Utrecht will he be in the U20 squad(if they qualify) or the Gold Cup squad? I think a case could be made for both. Yet I think Jurgen is keeping a real close eye on him to see if he'd be ready.

2. Amobi Okugo

I believe hes a better Edu. Just moved to Orlando. I think DM is his best position. I wonder if he'll be called up for January camp?

3. Robbie Rogers

I think Rogers would be a great DEPTH option at LB. He shouldn't start but this past season was great for his reintroduction to the USMNT.

hamsamwich
Post #3
Friday January 9, 2015 4:13am

Joined Oct 2013
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Rubin, kitchen, paco Torres, Danny Williams, Tim ream, hedges, Alvarado, castillo.

Maybe I listed non dark horses. I love Gatt as a true dark horse candidate in reality.

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #4
Friday January 9, 2015 7:04am

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Stuart Alistair Holden

Fraser31
Charleston, South Carolina
Post #5
Friday January 9, 2015 8:12am

Joined Sep 2012
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Original post from chris_thebassplayer

Stuart Alistair Holden


+1

MSantoine
Post #6
Friday January 9, 2015 1:05pm

Joined Nov 2012
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I know Alvardo has wavered a bit but I thought his last statemenet was he was holding out and wanted to play for Mexico over USA.

Ill throw a dark horse of Andrew Farrell- He wass dynamite last year and a good start to this season, coupled with Fab's continued bench warming and Yedlin possible bench warming could shoot him up the rungs quickly. he also posses the versitility (RB/CB) that JK loves

skangles
DC
Post #7
Friday January 9, 2015 1:32pm

Joined Jan 2013
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Perry Kitchen or Wil Trapp.

navi8132
New York
Post #8
Friday January 9, 2015 2:30pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 3,122
Ugh...the immediate future players for the USMNT isn't exactly impressive...

hamsamwich
Post #9
Friday January 9, 2015 2:40pm

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Original post from chris_thebassplayer

Stuart Alistair Holden
+2

Live490
Texas
Post #10
Friday January 9, 2015 4:02pm

Joined Mar 2013
Total Posts: 1,175
Donovan as per Holden.. He predicted he would return . I would love for Stu to finally come back and take charge of the US mid.. Powers maybe? Klute? I've always wondered if Juninho from LA would ever consider playing for the USA..

Know Nothing
Post #11
Friday January 9, 2015 6:23pm

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Kyle Scott would be a dark horse...if only to tie him to the US

dolcem
Post #12
Friday January 9, 2015 6:41pm

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Torres was never really tried at his position last cycle (only 45 minutes at CM) because of our utter lack of attacking midfielders and Klinsmann's preference for steely players in the middle. This cycle, however, he has experimented with using smaller, more technically gifted CM's, and given his superb club form, Torres should be given a chance. He is as technically gifted as anyone in our pool and if paired with a #6 (against CONCACAF opposition Beckerman, would be ideal) would be our first effective deep-lying playmaker since Reyna. It's something our 4-5-1 could really use.
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Live490
Texas
Post #13
Friday January 9, 2015 7:38pm

Joined Mar 2013
Total Posts: 1,175
You remember that game he played with the #10? Vs Costa Rica or idk what team it was. He was the best player on the field and he looked like a south American 10. Torres.

snipes87
Cleveland, Ohio
Post #14
Friday January 9, 2015 8:50pm

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 894
Original post from navi8132

Ugh...the immediate future players for the USMNT isn't exactly impressive...


Can I only +1 this?
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db707
Post #15
Friday January 9, 2015 8:59pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 1,045
Original post from Live490

You remember that game he played with the #10? Vs Costa Rica or idk what team it was. He was the best player on the field and he looked like a south American 10. Torres.


Are you referring to the game in 2010 qualifying when we lost in Costa Rica and he got yanked at halftime, even though he was one of the few guys for us that day who didn't look terrified on the ball? Anyway, I think his time may have gone. He wasn't capped at all last year. Klinsmann never seemed clear on how best to use him (hence the left back experiment against Antigua and Barbuda in the first game of the last qualifying cycle).

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