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2tone
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Post #1
Thursday July 4, 2013 5:37pm

Joined Jul 2012
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Here are my 10 players that have a point to prove this year to make the USMNT roster for the WC .

Donovan: A good gold cup will probably put him back onto the first team for the USMNT.

Bedoya: Looks like he will be moving to Twente. A good gold cup and season with Twente could very well propel him into the first team.

Holden: While some think Jones is a lock at starter next to Bradley, I don't. Holden is primed to push himself possibly into a starter role for the USMNT this year. Also Bradley will have to impress another coach at Roma. If Bradley doesn't and sits on the bench that could also open the door for Holden to pair with Jones or Cameron.

Wooten: Primed to be a starter for Kaiserslautern this season. Behind Jozy I firmly believe the striker position is not very strong. Wooten can also play winger.

Brooks: This is all predicated on him choosing the US this year. CB for the USMNT is not very strong. Right now Besler is the best CB. We could very well see Brooks called up for that Bosnia friendly. Friendlies are not cap tying, but getting that call up for the Bosnia game could go a long way to him cap tying for the US in either the September or October WC qualifiers.

Wood: Primed to be a more consistent starter for 1860 Munich this year. Has bags of talent. Yet again the Striker position is not that strong behind Jozy.

Agudelo: Has a lot of talent, but needs to stay healthy. Personally I think he should stay with New England for a couple of years to gain a stable Club career.

Chandler: He has the chance to solidify himself as the #1 RB this year.

Lichaj: With both RB and LB open, he could really push himself into contention this year.

McInerney: A strong Gold Cup will really help him for future USMNT call-ups.

Players I think will fall behind this year:

Corona: He is not a winger. He plays centrally for Tijuana. He never plays a full 90 minutes for Tijuana which suggests his fitness just isn't good enough. Nor does he have the engine like a Bradley, Holden, or Jones.

Torres: His role in a side is limited to being that deep lying playmaker, but he lacks the defensive bite to really push himslef into the USMNT. With Cameron, Jones, Holden, Bradley, and Williams they are all better players.

Goodson: I think there are better CB's in MLS and Abroad.

Fraser31
Charleston, South Carolina
Post #2
Thursday July 4, 2013 6:24pm

Joined Sep 2012
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I don't think that Donovan is done with MNT first team just yet, not that you said he was, just continuing your thought. I see him being in the mix in Brazil and definitely being an impact player. You can see he has lost a step in his hiatus, but he's still Donovan. I can't see him being on that stage and not rising to the challenge.

navi8132
Post #3
Thursday July 4, 2013 6:37pm

Joined Jul 2012
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Pontius. It's not his fault his team sucks. He will be in Brazil, versatile player, leader, confident on the ball.

Fraser31
Charleston, South Carolina
Post #4
Thursday July 4, 2013 6:45pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 1,035
I sure hope so.

DaBurgh
Pittsburgh Pa
Post #5
Thursday July 4, 2013 6:47pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 77
Thank you for recognizing that besler is our best centetback. I had posted on a different
Topic that I would love to see a besler and JABrooks centetback pairing and got ripped a new rectum by Bshredder.

I 100% agree with you about agudelo, he really needs to get his club career going, some stability would do wonders for him. Though I wouldn't mind a transfer to the dutch league.

stone88
Post #6
Thursday July 4, 2013 6:49pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 894
I'd go with aron johansson too. Again, it is also predicated on the fact that he chooses the US. But it is a really good sign that he has forgone multiple Iceland call-ups to get a chance to come into a US camp. Plus Iceland currently sit 3rd in their group with over half their games played. Iceland has ALOT of work ahead of them to get to the WC.

It'd be awesome if we got him. Jozy is probably going to be sold sometime soon making aron the number one CF at AZ. And everything I've seen and heard Earnie Stewart say about him makes me think the kid could be very special.

camparkinson
Post #7
Thursday July 4, 2013 6:49pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 169
Great list, amazing that there is just a year left for these players to make a case for being on the plane to Brazil.

I really like this Gold Cup to see what Donovan, Holden can do as they both can easily become starters very soon. Bedoya is also an interesting player since he can play both wings and centrally in the midfield and has an interesting skill set.

Wood, Wooten and Agudelo are part of the intriguing group of young attackers as you never know who will show up out of nowhere.

Brooks maybe the most important as the US still can't seem to find any consistency on that backline, something that has been a problem for the whole Cycle and even before that in the last World Cup.

Some great story lines though

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #8
Thursday July 4, 2013 6:51pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,966
I agree on Pontius. He was dangerous last night. DC has been TURRIBLE this year.

Boyd needs to keep doing what he's doing. He's still raw but scoring more and more at Vienna will help.

Big fan of Amobi Okugo. Hope to see him in a senior Nats jersey soon.

Brek Shea needs to impress Mark Hughes. We know Klinsy loves him but success at Stoke will throw his name back into the race.

Also Luis Gil scored a goal last night. Maybe I'm being a bit premature but he could be ready to get a callup at the most.

chillguy1992
Post #9
Thursday July 4, 2013 7:01pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 478
I like pontius but I think he really needs to hit a home run when he finally is called up for the national team to make it to brazil. The thing is does klinsmann use him as a striker or as a second striker. I think Klinsmann projects wood and possibly a couple of other players ahead of pontius in klinsmanns eyes as a second striker. At striker he wouldnt have a chance to be second or 3rd in the striker depth chart due to all of the players ahead of him. I think only way pontius makes it to brazil is really wow klinsmann because klinsmann seems to have forgotten about pontius or didnt like his form at the time especially since he didnt even call him up to the gold cup preliminary roster. I would like to see what he can do in the national team jersey but at this point I dont think Klinsmann takes him to brazil.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #10
Thursday July 4, 2013 8:09pm

Joined Jul 2012
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Both Johannsson and Pontius are good shout outs.

guato-dany
Post #11
Thursday July 4, 2013 10:59pm

Joined Apr 2013
Total Posts: 78
JAB has already choosed the USA. Tab Ramos asked him and he said that he would have loved to accept the call up but that he felt he needed rest for the new season

camparkinson
Post #12
Friday July 5, 2013 2:22am

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 169
Nothing's done until they are capped, if Germany came calling things could change very quickly.

I like what Pontius can do and think he's a very good MLS player but I don't see him making it to Brazil, he likely won't have many opportunities to impress between now and then (likely just next Jan camp) and he'll have to do a ton in those few chances to get there.

Loche Achles
Post #13
Friday July 5, 2013 4:37pm

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 270
Pontius will not be at Brazil, IMO, when there are 23 to put on the roster at the games... Too many players rate above him I think and he hasn't had a chance to work himself even into the conversation. But you never know.

For the OP, I doubt Corona falls out of the NT picture. He doesn't play the full 90 all the time at Tijuana because 1) he is still very young and 2) he is on the offense so if they need points often its subs coming in for fresh legs and he hasn't reached the indispensable level (see #1).

JK must see something in Corona though because he includes him in every camp. He looks good usually for Xolos but since Castillo does so well there its harder to notice when watching the games.

Know Nothing
Post #14
Friday July 5, 2013 7:55pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 394
I like Pontius but I can't see him making the final squad for Brazil. The only way he makes it is to go on loan or move overseas in January...even then that possibility is limited due to his lack of caps.

One MLSer with an outside chance is Yedlin. I know right now there are a few people in front of him, but his ceiling is higher than those players and if he can progress more, maybe with a few months loan overseas, who knows.


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