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Post #1
Friday December 18, 2020 9:03pm

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Give me your dream 23 for 2022. If all efforts at recruiting dual Nats are a success here is mine:

GK: Guzan, Steffen, Horvath
D: Dest, Cannon, Bello, Robinson, Brooks, McKenzie, Long, Richards
M: Mckennie, Adams, Musah, Otasowie, Pomykal, Tessman
A: Pulisic, Reyna, Balugon, Sargent, Weah, De La Fuente

blaise213
Post #2
Friday December 18, 2020 10:28pm

Joined Sep 2012
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lol don't get me hyped up on the what ifs !!

Dave
Post #3
Saturday December 19, 2020 3:12am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 1,187
Original post from 2tone

Give me your dream 23 for 2022. If all efforts at recruiting dual Nats are a success here is mine:

GK: Guzan, Steffen, Horvath
D: Dest, Cannon, Bello, Robinson, Brooks, McKenzie, Long, Richards
M: Mckennie, Adams, Musah, Otasowie, Pomykal, Tessman
A: Pulisic, Reyna, Balugon, Sargent, Weah, De La Fuente


I honestly don't know what my dream 23 for 2022 is at this time. For me there are still a handful of positions that I'm not sure who I'm leaning towards. I believe a lot will depend on how the U-23 Team fairs in Olympic Qualifying & the Olympics themselves. I expect a couple names to get fast tracked/solidify themselves if the team does as well as we all hope.

That said, I'd start with the following:

GK: Steffen, Horvath, Johnson
D: Dest, Cannon, A. Robinson, Brooks, McKenzie, Richards, Otasowie, TBD
M: Mckennie, Adams, Musah, Cardoso, TBD, TBD
A: Pulisic, Reyna, Balugon, Sargent, Weah, TBD

Defensive TBD: I'm not sure who to take as the 4th outside back. I could see Yedlin going or one of the young guys (Araujo, Bello, Reynolds, etc...). All depends on How the youth progresses over the next 12-18 months.
Midfield TBD: i could see any number of players claim the back-up to McKennie & Musah. Aaronson, PomyKal, Green, Ledezma, & Holmes...all have a shot.
Attack TBD: Again there are a handful of names I could see claiming this spot depending upon how they progress over the next 12-18 months...Ulysses, Konrad, Mueller, Alvarez, Morris are the ones I feel have the best chance at the moment.

There are going to be some difficult decisions any way you look at it. And with the versatility of many of these players there could be some shock selections based on specific opponents or desired skill sets.

Samtom23
Post #4
Monday December 21, 2020 4:04am

Joined Jun 2018
Total Posts: 560
Original post from Dave

I honestly don't know what my dream 23 for 2022 is at this time. For me there are still a handful of positions that I'm not sure who I'm leaning towards. I believe a lot will depend on how the U-23 Team fairs in Olympic Qualifying & the Olympics themselves. I expect a couple names to get fast tracked/solidify themselves if the team does as well as we all hope.

That said, I'd start with the following:

GK: Steffen, Horvath, Johnson
D: Dest, Cannon, A. Robinson, Brooks, McKenzie, Richards, Otasowie, TBD
M: Mckennie, Adams, Musah, Cardoso, TBD, TBD
A: Pulisic, Reyna, Balugon, Sargent, Weah, TBD

Defensive TBD: I'm not sure who to take as the 4th outside back. I could see Yedlin going or one of the young guys (Araujo, Bello, Reynolds, etc...). All depends on How the youth progresses over the next 12-18 months.
Midfield TBD: i could see any number of players claim the back-up to McKennie & Musah. Aaronson, PomyKal, Green, Ledezma, & Holmes...all have a shot.
Attack TBD: Again there are a handful of names I could see claiming this spot depending upon how they progress over the next 12-18 months...Ulysses, Konrad, Mueller, Alvarez, Morris are the ones I feel have the best chance at the moment.

There are going to be some difficult decisions any way you look at it. And with the versatility of many of these players there could be some shock selections based on specific opponents or desired skill sets.


I agree really to early to say and it was summed up pretty well in Dave's post. I think we all have some players we personally would like to see.

hamsamwich
Post #5
Monday December 21, 2020 2:30pm

Joined Oct 2013
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Keepers: Steffen, Horvath, Ochoa
LB: Bello, Hernandez-Foster
LCB: Brooks, EPB
RCB: Richards, McKenzie
RB: Dest, Reynolds
Holding mid: Adams, Cardoso
Box to box: McKennie, Musah
"10": Reyna, Mendez
LW: Pulisic, Llanez
CF: Sargent, Soto
RW: Weah, Mueller

Just missed out: Miazga, Ledezma, Otasowie, Balogun (???)

****its still two full years away until the World Cup which is in December 2022, so the rest of this club season, plus a full season, and then the beginning of the next. A lot of moves will happen between now and then. Depth is the key to this super young squad as they look towards 2026 which even Berhalter has acknowledged is the ultimate goal of this cycle- to get the squad back to relevance and picking up steam towards the following cycle.

Dave
Post #6
Wednesday December 23, 2020 12:45am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 1,187
Original post from hamsamwich

Keepers: Steffen, Horvath, Ochoa
LB: Bello, Hernandez-Foster
LCB: Brooks, EPB
RCB: Richards, McKenzie
RB: Dest, Reynolds
Holding mid: Adams, Cardoso
Box to box: McKennie, Musah
"10": Reyna, Mendez
LW: Pulisic, Llanez
CF: Sargent, Soto
RW: Weah, Mueller

Just missed out: Miazga, Ledezma, Otasowie, Balogun (???)

****its still two full years away until the World Cup which is in December 2022, so the rest of this club season, plus a full season, and then the beginning of the next. A lot of moves will happen between now and then. Depth is the key to this super young squad as they look towards 2026 which even Berhalter has acknowledged is the ultimate goal of this cycle- to get the squad back to relevance and picking up steam towards the following cycle.


Otasowie is the type of versatile player that you often find as a guy that makes a tournament roster. He's ultimately projected as a CB, but he has the touch of a CM and so has recently been given time there w/ Wolves 1st Team.
Someone who can provide cover for 2 or 3 positions (CB, CDM, CM) is often worth taking even if they aren't exactly one of the top 2 at one of the position.

hamsamwich
Post #7
Wednesday December 23, 2020 3:13am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 3,643
No doubt about it. We have a lot of guys that seemingly do that right now. Musah plays wing for his club but he's a central mid. We've seen Adams do the rb thing. McKennie played everywhere at Schalke. Reyna has played all over the attacking midfield. Once the game gets scrambled these guys will still know what to do and won't be so out of position ala Bradley Jones and bedoya. The most encouraging thing is that in that tournament setting the coach can rely on a core group of players. He won't have to have a like for like substitution because things players can switch their role of if the coach wants to switch tactics that's fine as well. They have the ability to adjust.

Know Nothing
Post #8
Wednesday December 23, 2020 11:19pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,894
GK:Steffen, Horvath, Odunze
D: Dest, Cannon, Miazga, Robinson, Brooks, McKenzie, EPB, Richards
M: Mckennie, Adams, Musah, Otasowie, Cardoso, Holmes
A: Pulisic, Reyna, Balugon, Sargent, Weah, Hoppe

Holmes is versatile so he can fill in for Robinson or anywhere in the midfield.

I will assume the hype on Hoppe is real and give him the last spot.

Know Nothing
Post #9
Wednesday December 23, 2020 11:30pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,894
I was going to start a counter thread for nightmare 23 for 2022 but could only think of a few guys I would hate to see make the 2022 roster (Hamid, Ream, Bradley, Roldan, and a whole slew of left backs)

bjelks
Post #10
Thursday December 24, 2020 1:12am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,996
Original post from Know Nothing

GK:Steffen, Horvath, Odunze
D: Dest, Cannon, Miazga, Robinson, Brooks, McKenzie, EPB, Richards
M: Mckennie, Adams, Musah, Otasowie, Cardoso, Holmes
A: Pulisic, Reyna, Balugon, Sargent, Weah, Hoppe

Holmes is versatile so he can fill in for Robinson or anywhere in the midfield.

I will assume the hype on Hoppe is real and give him the last spot.


I like it.

I'd swap Yedlin for Cannon.
CCV for Miazga
KHLF as my wildcard for Mckenzie.
Green for Holmes.
Konrad for Hoppe.
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