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2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #1
Thursday April 6, 2017 12:53am

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Haven't done one in awhile.

GK: Horvath, Steffen, Hamid, Yarbrough, Guzan, Howard

RB: Yedlin, Chandler, Lichaj, Zusi

LB: Villafana, Lichaj, Fabian, Beasley

RCB: Cameron, Gonzo, Miazga, Hedges

LCB: Brooks, Ream, Zimmerman, Besler

DM: Bradley, Jones, Acosta, McCarty

CM: Acosta, Hyndman, Jones, Kljestan

CAM: Pulisic, Hyndman, Kljestan, Feilhaber

RW: Nagbe, Lletget, Arriola, Gyau

LW: Fabian, Nagbe, Green, Manneh

Strikers: Deuce, Wood, Altidore, Morris, Agudelo, Dwyer, Zardes, Johannsson

I think other young players will come forward in the next year which will make the USMNT final 23 a very good headache for Bruce and co.

Should be interesting to see how the next year and half plays out.

hamsamwich
Post #2
Thursday April 6, 2017 2:28am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 2,509
Garza has a shot if he continues the way he's playing to nudge into that depth chart at LB!!

Unfortunate injury for Lletget; can Zardes return? Other fringe players like Alvarado and Rosenberry, Kitchen, Williams have to prove they belong as Bruce is counting now so the math is different than before.

bjelks
Post #3
Thursday April 6, 2017 2:41am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 394
How does a declining Jones and a mediocre MLS journeyman in McCarty rate higher than D. Will and Morales?
goalsense
Dave
Post #4
Thursday April 6, 2017 3:24am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 739
@2tone - As much as I've enjoyed/rooted for Beasley I think he's coming to the end of his involvement with the National Team. He'll hang around on the fringe for the remainder of the year, but I can't see him lasting into 2018.
Zusi is another player coming to the end of his participation. He can't cut it in the midfield anymore....and if not for a slew of injuries in March he wouldn't have been involved as a RB option.
I personally don't agree/understand McCarty's inclusion. In my personal opinion he's well behind Williams & Morales in the pecking order. My opinion may not match Bruce's but I can't see him involved in any squad where European options are available. I'm not a fan of Ream either...but again that's my personal opinion.

Players I think are in the hunt but not listed....Gooch. He's been moved back to the U-23's at the club level, but his performances there have him moving closer & closer to the 1st team. I truly believe that in the upcoming club season (2017-18) he'll be major contributor at the club level.
Zardes....many fans don't care for him, but his versatility, speed, & hustle combined with Bruce's history/experience in working with him in LA I fully expect him to be in Bruce's 23 whenever healthy.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #5
Thursday April 6, 2017 4:16am

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Total Posts: 9,238
I get the Dwill and Morales snubs, but they have time to break back in. I think Bruce favors McCarty at the moment. I also think Kitchen will be given a look as well.

navi8132
New York
Post #6
Thursday April 6, 2017 1:33pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 2,692
Lol at the exclusion of Bedoya and the inclusion of Gyau. Anything to lose Bedoya is fine by me, but I know Bruce will take him to the WC.

dolcem
Post #7
Thursday April 6, 2017 9:48pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,737
Original post from bjelks

How does a declining Jones and a mediocre MLS journeyman in McCarty rate higher than D. Will and Morales?


Leadership
GET A CLUB TEAM
bjelks
Post #8
Thursday April 6, 2017 10:10pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 394
WE DONT NEED LEADERSHIP AT THE EXPENSE OF TALENT!

LEADERSHIP CANT RUN, CUT, TRAP, FINISH, PASS, TACKLE!

MESSI, NEYMAR, RONALDO ARENT THE BEST PLAYERS BECAUSE OF THEIR LEADERSHIP, THEYRE THE BEST BECAUSE OF THEIR QUALITY!!!

THIS IS THAT AMERICAN AMERICAN BS, THATS HOLDING US BACK!
goalsense
PortCityFan
Louisiana
Post #9
Thursday April 6, 2017 10:54pm

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 176
Michael Bradley (or any of the other two, just said Bradley because he is "captain")Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard can be your leadership. I think, to Bjelks point, when do you say I have enough leadership to help calm and focus the young players around me.

hamsamwich
Post #10
Friday April 7, 2017 12:31am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 2,509
Some of you talk about Bradley as if he's some sort of clown... I had a problem with his selfish non pass to Wood against Mexico-- but he has all type of skills. Wanting to see another player in that role is one thing, but to say Bradley isn't a class player is retarded. This is what I was getting at in my all time XI in the other thread: that mainly American players have been and continue to be mediocre. Bradley comprises the most complete player in terms of running, trapping, finishing, passing, tackling and (leadership). The others have big holes you don't want to notice- Bruce, and before him Jürgen, sits back and watches practice and rates the players... Bradley outperforms the rest it's as simple as that. If you "can't handle the truth" that's on you.

bjelks
Post #11
Friday April 7, 2017 12:55am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 394
Michael Bradley does everything "OK".
Nothing well, nothing special.
He's an average athlete.
Average pace, that's generous.
Average quickness.
Average dribbling.
Average passing.

We should be at a place where our captain isnt just average and accept his limitations because he's a great leader and he's been there before.
goalsense
chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #12
Friday April 7, 2017 1:29am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,277
Re: Leadership

I thought it was telling that Arena singled out his excellent veteran leadership...Howard, MB, Deuce and Jozy...no mention of Jones.

Ham- spot on.

Some guys want to see him bust it up the gut doing EJ step overs coming out of his defensive third.

hamsamwich
Post #13
Friday April 7, 2017 3:09am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 2,509
The guy is an excellent passer, Bradley. That and his instincts are his two best qualities. He always looks better when surrounded by better players, he's not going to be that guy that lifts the entire team through skill. But he will through preparation, as he is in the right spot the majority of the time. Guys like him are why the program has gotten better, it's between the ears that he wins. I agree he shouldn't just start every game for USA, but to say he isn't a proven option for Bruce and USA to the highest international level would be disingenuous at best. I'd personally like to see others get a chance to show what they can do, but aside from Jones, nobody but Bradley has pedigree in our midfield. We all hope Acosta and Adams move abroad to get better, as we saw firsthand the Roma-edition Bradley and how good he was. I'd be disingenuous if I didn't say I thought Bradley has taken a step back in MLS, but, I struggle to think of others who would or could fill his role on the team.

blaise213
Post #14
Friday April 7, 2017 4:46am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 2,431
@hamsamwhich

Bradley = Basic

I can't struggle to think of others that can feel the role. Put in more attacking/technical players in the XI and Danny Williams or upcoming Acosta can fill that role.

*Wood Lone Striker
*Pulisic, Gaines, Tillman, Nagbe underneath
*Fabain, Green, Mennah LW
*Saief, Haji Wright RW
*Danny Williams or Acosta CDM

bjelks
Post #15
Friday April 7, 2017 5:01am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 394
The biggest head scratcher out of all of this is the same ppl who that don't see any other options also won't give anyone else a chance lol.

It's not pedigree that plays in games its ability and form.
goalsense
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