Post #1
Thursday June 14, 2018 5:38am

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I have some down time, so why not have some fun and do
A 23 man projection of the USMNT WC squad. This is meant to be fun, and not exactly a serious post.

GK: Horvath, Bono, Steffen

Defense: Yedlin, Moore, Miazga, CCV, Brooks, Parker, Lima, Robinson

CM/ DM: Adams, Mckennie, Parks, Morales, De La Torre

Attackers: Pulisic, Weah, Sargent, Amon, Akale, Novakovich, De La Fuente( this kid is the real deal)

Note: Didn't include either Siebatcheu or Tillman due to them not being current US national team players.

Have fun!

Post #2
Thursday June 14, 2018 1:49pm

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Post #3
Thursday June 14, 2018 2:15pm

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Looks like it could be a good move for Siebatcheu, Rennes is in the Europa League and they didn't have a ton of production from forwards last year (they signed Diafra Sakho from West Ham mid season).

I still have hopes for Hyndman in particular. The club situation at Bournemouth hasn't been good but let's keep in mind he's basically Moore's age and has played senior level for Fulham and Rangers. If he can get back to playing regularly this year he'll be right back in the mix.

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Post #4
Thursday June 14, 2018 4:57pm

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Sounds like fun...

G - Steffen, Bono, Klinsmann (3)

D - Yedlin, Moore, EPB, Miazga, CCV, Brooks, Robinson, Lima (8)

M - Adams, Durkin, Hyndmann, McKennie, Parks (5)

A - Pulisic, Weah, Carleton, Sargent, Novakovich, Amon, Akale (7)

Post #5
Friday June 15, 2018 4:39am

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I can't do this. My 2014 WC roster prediction immediately following the 2010 WC included the likes of Gale Agbossoumonde. LOL.

Post #6
Friday June 15, 2018 8:33am

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It is very early to make projections but it should be wide open. Our goalie and Defense have some very good options. Steffen seems to have taken the reins at the moment at goal. Our back line-Yedlin, Moore, EPB, CCV, Brooks and Robinson seems fine. Osulunde too.

The rest of the team has some strong points-Pulisic, Weah, Sargent, Parks, Hyndmann and Amon. I forgot McKennie

But use the camps to see even more players like Konrad De La Fluente, Zyen Jones, Roman Galle, Siebatcheu, Novakovich, Adams, Elfrain Alverez ( I believe he can switch back, if the US pushes), Andrew Carlton, Chris Durkin, Kellyn Acosta.

The US has the advantage of time now. I know some may laugh at some of my mentions particularly Haji Wright seeing that he isn't even getting off the bench in Bundesliga 2 but 4 years is a long time and a lot can happen. I like the idea of using him as a bruising striker on set pieces in the last ten minutes similar to Crouch or to soften a team that is playing a bit rough. He is 6'4, and teams like Mexico have trouble with taller and faster players.

But part of the problem before is we gave certain players their spots. There was no one behind the starters pushing them to be better. Everyone knew it was going to be Jozy, Bradley, Dempsey, Morris, etc

The USMNT should be done with Woods and Rubio. We have seen them and they do not seem the solution.

Post #7
Friday June 15, 2018 12:15pm

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Original post from skangles

I can't do this. My 2014 WC roster prediction immediately following the 2010 WC included the likes of Gale Agbossoumonde. LOL.

I feel your pain, skangles, one of mine included Bobby Convey.

Post #8
Friday June 15, 2018 2:41pm

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Oh man - we could easily all make a "players that didn't pan out, but I had penciled in for greatness - 23-man roster"

I'd have Vilyan Bijev, Sal Zizzo, and that guy who scored like 50 goals in the 3rd division in England, but could never advance past that level (bonus points for anyone who can remember who that was...maybe 5-6 years ago...)

Anyway, the toughest thing about this (and most fun) is that basically no one knew about Christian Pulisic in 2014...or McKennie - and they'd be starting for us right now.

Guys to add to the watchlist:
Nick Taitague (Schalke)
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
Taylor Booth (Maybe Bayern Munich)
Ben Lederman (Barca)

I hope we bring an entire roster of u-25s to the World Cup (assuming we qualify) in 2022, setting up for a peak 2026.

Post #9
Friday June 15, 2018 9:28pm

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Yep that's the fun of it! I had Altidore, Bradley Adu, Szetela, Seitz, Rogers, and Wallace all earmarked for being core players for both of the 2010 and 2014 WC teams. Well that didn't happen. Only Altidore and Bradley were.

Post #10
Saturday June 16, 2018 2:06am

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I remember being over the moon when the rumors came out in 2002/2003 that Michael Ricketts might be eligible to play for the US. That was a fun couple of months. I also thought Taylor Twellman was going to be our next big thing.

Post #11
Saturday June 16, 2018 3:11am

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With so much of the team in transition (players, coaching, GM), it's almost impossible to predict what type of players will stand out or which buys will emerge/get hot 4 yrs from now.

Keepers (3):
Steffen, Horvath, Gonzalez
Defense (8):
Yedlin, Moore, Miazga, Brooks, CCV, EPB, Robinson, D. Acosta
CM/CDM (5):
McKennie, Adams, Parks, Hyndman, K. Acosta
Attackers (7):
Pulisic, Sargent, Weah, Amon, Green, Novakovich, Wright

Alternates (9):
Durkin, Dest. Gooch, Glad, Parker, Rubin, Taitague, Olosunde, Scott

These are players to keep an eye on, especially since we don't know what type of formation(s) the new coach may want to use.

Post #12
Wednesday July 18, 2018 6:34pm

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So Let's have some more fun. What is Y'alls starting 11 for 2022?
You should go check out Carlisle's from ESPN I had a laugh at it. He had Adams as the starting RW and Acosta at DM.

Here is my way to soon starting 11 for the first game in a 4-3-3.


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Post #13
Wednesday July 18, 2018 7:09pm

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My guess would be a 3-4-3

Brooks, CCV, Miazga
Yedlin, Mckennie, Adams, Robinson
Pulisic, Sargent, Weah

Post #14
Thursday July 19, 2018 12:08am

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Fossey and De La Torre both played today in Fulhams loss to Galatasaray. My moneys more on De La Torre. If he progresses with either Fulham or a championship team I could see him firmly in the picture in 2022.

Post #15
Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00am

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I still believe that based on where we appear to have the greatest emerging strength/quality (Center Mid) that a 4-2-3-1 formation is our best formation. So my XI for 2022 would be:


Bench/Subs: Horvath, Gonzalez, Amon/Green, Taitague, Hyndman, K. Acosta/Durkin, Moore, D. Acosta, CCV, EPB, Novakovich, TBD

Against weaker competition would play like a 4-3-3 with Pulisic & Weah pushing high; but against strong opponents provides stern defensive that should be difficult to break down, while still being technical & quick enough to cause the opponent difficulties.

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