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MSantoine
Post #1
Wednesday July 24, 2013 8:23pm

Joined Nov 2012
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With the European season almost upon us its really the last time for players to stake claims to go to Brazil. That being said what 3 players does everyone think can help themselves the most. Now this is different from who you think may have the best seasons. For example no matter how good Fabian does, or even if he says the same he's got a place in our lineup. If Guzan becomes the best goalie in the planet does it make us that much better than with Howard in net? Think about player possibilities plus needs. Here are my three.

3) JAB commits to USA. As a starter in the Bundesliga if he commits to US he potentially could fly up the ranks and be our starter come October.

2) Cameron regains lineup spot.- Notice the theme? CB is our biggest in flux position. If Cam gets some EPL action as a CB that could turn a weakness into a strength.

1) Shea becomes a EPL starter. I think this would solve our biggest weakness. If Shea can break into Stokes lineup coming out of the winter break that'd give him 4 months of EPL action to stake his claim as our starting winger. If he fails then we are stuck choosing guys like Zusi, Torres, etc.

Guys who could improve but its hard to picture them breaking into the starting XI.

Mixx- Say he transfers in the winter window and gets PT for a Dutch or Belgian team, is he unseating MB?Jones? Dempsey? adds depth but not impact.
Holden- Same as Mixx. He may put more pressure on Jones but he and Mixx need Jones or MB to fall out of favor more than them play well.
Wooten/Gyau/Morales/Taylor- I lump them together because I think they all fall victim of our increased depth. With our starters healthy can you see any of these guys unseating Zusi and/or Lando? Shea seems to be ahead of these guys if he gets minutes as well.
Johannson- Even if he commits he isnt playing barring a huge tactical change. Maybe if he blows up in Netherlands and Jozy falls out of playing but thats too many ifs and out of his control.
Packwood/Pelosi- Tough time for injuries. Hopefully they work themselves back into shape but losing a year at that age takes them out of the hunt

Mojofc
Post #2
Wednesday July 24, 2013 9:37pm

Joined Jan 2013
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Nice topic and post MSantoine.

I think having backups to MB or JJ is huge for the US, in the past if one of both of them were having an off game (happens to everyone), we didn't have anyone we could rely on other then some obvious lesser talent players. I think Stu having a solid year for Bolton could possibly push JJ, but also Zusi at his position if we continue to play non-wingers at right mid.

Sounds odd, but I'll throw Landy into talk in this thread. Putting Dempsey out wide basically negates defense on the left from Dempsey. He will jog back from time to time, but if his player makes a serious run, he lets them go. He's not a winger. Saying that, Landon started 1 game on wide at the Gold Cup and showed he was (at the time) not fit enough to finish the match as a winger. Can Landon at his age get up and down the field well enough to push a player like Zusi? I realize Zusi does not offer as much going forward, but he has been a horse out there and makes sure he gets back when necessary. We could say the same for the left, having a LWB making runs up the left flank, you need a winger who can drop back if necessary against top competition (currently not seeing that at the Gold Cup). So ending this little paragraph... I hope Landon shows he has the ability to last 90 in a wide position, I think it gives us much added depth across the entire field as he could play either wing as well as behind the striker.

Agree on JAB, hope he decides on the USA, and soon rather than later.

A Johannsson, again hope he decides on on the USA. Behind Jozy, EJ (more aerial), some could argue Dempsey and LD being able to compete for the top striker, we don't have many other reliable options. Johannsson with a solid season and Alkmaar could walk right into the squad and be pushing EJ as backup to Jozy.

Mix needs better competition, I'm sure JK has reminded him of this while he's been training at the Gold Cup. He's been pretty good at this level thus far, although he hasn't faced solid competition yet, due to this it's hard to be too positive on anyone at the Gold Cup thus far.

Hope Shea turns his form around and sees some time for Stoke.

Cameron needs a position at Stoke other than RB if he wants to contend for a starting spot next summer. I really hope he can push for a CB spot, if not.. I hope he can slide in as a CDM.

Chandler actually has a lot to prove still at this point in terms of commitment to the program.

F Johnson could be mentioned as well, if he moves to LM on a consistent bases again this season, what are going to do at LB for 2O14? Do we stick with one of DMB or FJ even though they are playing out of position?

So my top 3:
Ughh this one is tough, my top 3 will be decided next summer when they start for the USMNT at 2O14 after being backups in 2013. Not even going to guess on a top 3.
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skangles
DC
Post #3
Wednesday July 24, 2013 10:38pm

Joined Jan 2013
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Altidore having a big season at Sunderland is number 1 for me.

Sure his spot in the lineup is pretty secure no matter what but we've just lived through the juxtaposition of a Jozy with confidence vs a Jozy without confidence and my conclusion is that a confident Jozy is essential for our attack.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #4
Wednesday July 24, 2013 11:00pm

Joined Jul 2012
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Good list. I still think Cameron will end up as a CM not a CB for Stoke. Hughes himself said that he is going to put Cameron at CM quite a bit.

Here is few more guys to keep an eye on this season.

Wooten: If he becomes a scoring machine for Kaiserslautern then he will displace Boyd and maybe even Gomez.

Hoyos: Talented, and Klinsmann has been in contact with him. If he can play well, show his talent, and score goals with his new team in Greece then he could make the winger positions interesting for the USMNT going down the stretch.

Lletget: If he breaks into West Hams regular rotation, and possibly the starting rotation then this kid could push for a spot on the WC team.

Julian Green: Has already started his Bayern Munich 2 career off to a strong start I believe he has a goal and possibly a few assists. He can play on the wing, or as a second striker. Remember Klinsmann brought in Boyd when he was playing for Borussia Dortmund 2.

Freddy Adu: Klinsmann and Adu are back in touch with eachother. He finally saw first team minutes, and the coaching staff at Bahia are extremely impressed with him. He will continue to see minutes and probably starts as the Brasilian season progresses. Add also to the fact that Adu lives and play's in Brasil; that could possibly be a reason why Adu gets selected.

MSantoine
Post #5
Thursday July 25, 2013 1:03am

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from 2tone

Good list. I still think Cameron will end up as a CM not a CB for Stoke. Hughes himself said that he is going to put Cameron at CM quite a bit.

Here is few more guys to keep an eye on this season.

Wooten: If he becomes a scoring machine for Kaiserslautern then he will displace Boyd and maybe even Gomez.

Hoyos: Talented, and Klinsmann has been in contact with him. If he can play well, show his talent, and score goals with his new team in Greece then he could make the winger positions interesting for the USMNT going down the stretch.

Lletget: If he breaks into West Hams regular rotation, and possibly the starting rotation then this kid could push for a spot on the WC team.

Julian Green: Has already started his Bayern Munich 2 career off to a strong start I believe he has a goal and possibly a few assists. He can play on the wing, or as a second striker. Remember Klinsmann brought in Boyd when he was playing for Borussia Dortmund 2.

Freddy Adu: Klinsmann and Adu are back in touch with eachother. He finally saw first team minutes, and the coaching staff at Bahia are extremely impressed with him. He will continue to see minutes and probably starts as the Brasilian season progresses. Add also to the fact that Adu lives and play's in Brasil; that could possibly be a reason why Adu gets selected.


I thought about seb but I can't see him cracking a starting XI in brazil even if he becomes a starter this year barring injury to Dempsey and probably Landon. Good call on green. In theory if he starts making game day 18 for bayern and some euro games he could push Zusi (or EJ/Herc) for starting winger

skangles
DC
Post #6
Thursday July 25, 2013 1:05am

Joined Jan 2013
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Parkhurst playing regularly should also be on this list. He could very well be our backup RB, especially of we're in a tough group where skilled defenders will be important.

MSantoine
Post #7
Thursday July 25, 2013 2:21am

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from skangles

Parkhurst playing regularly should also be on this list. He could very well be our backup RB, especially of we're in a tough group where skilled defenders will be important.


True. But I was trying to think of people that could become starters in Brazil. I dont see anyway barring multiple injuries/drop in form( Chandler, Dolo, Evans, maybe even Yedlin) for him to start in Brazil

guato-dany
Post #8
Thursday July 25, 2013 2:31am

Joined Apr 2013
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Watch out for the sophomore slump with yedlin, I'm not wishing that he does go thru it but it has happened to alot of players and what about perry kitchen? Kyle beckerman isn't getting younger maybe we should start calling him in to maybe for the bosnia friendly?

skangles
DC
Post #9
Thursday July 25, 2013 2:47am

Joined Jan 2013
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Speaking of stepping up, the way that the players have stepped up over the past two months makes me wish that the World Cup was this fall.

Both our A team and B teams are on fire. Our three best attacking players have never looked better. EJ has returned to his prime, Wondo started scoring goals. Our youngsters of Corona, Mix and Shea have come up big. Beckerman is making me forgot how I used to scream in expletives when he was on the field. Holden is back to full health and looking good. Goodson is playing well again and Orozco has shown that he can be an international quality back. Even Gooch did fine in his limited minutes. Omar and Besler have emerged as the starting combo of CBs. Beasley has resurrected his career. Evans stepped up big. Cameron has shown to be a quality CM. bradley continues to make those who shouted for nepotism look foolish. And of course JK looks like a genius with the 10 game win streak we've amassed.

Really the only downsides right now are Dolo's injury and Chandler's lack of commitment/fear of flying.

tylercocinas
Post #10
Thursday July 25, 2013 10:07am

Joined Aug 2012
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Great thread.

I think Sebi Lleget has the greatest chance to sneak on to the WC roster. Agreed that he won't be a starter. Julian and to a lesser extent Wooten, seem to be more in play for 2018 assuming they continue their positive development.

They do seem to love Freddy in Brasil. I'd love to see him show up against the biggest names in the Serie A over the next few months. If that takes place you know he'll have an opportunity to don a US shirt at least once before Brasil2014.

Next, I think Brek's best case scenario is that he becomes a key super-sub for Stoke in the 2nd half of the season. I think he's got some learning to do in terms of rounding out his game and becoming a more dynamic player.

I'd like to think Cameron will be given an opportunity to win the CB spot but given Mark Hughes comments, all things point to him continuing as a RB which is truly unfortunate because I think he is much more technically gifted than Ryan Shawcross. He also started at RB against the Dynamo yesterday.

I'm not terribly worried about JAB. We've shown him that we want him and he's got to know he'd be a key cog in our 1st team. Until he makes his decision, we do have other CB options to tide us over in George John, who would be a solid addition to the depth we have at the position if he could ever stay healthy for a lengthy period of time.

Re: Chandler helping himself, I think if he turns down any call-ups over the course of the 12 months, for any reason except injury which prevents him from suiting up for Nuremburg, he's out of the NT picture for the WC and Evans/Dolo/Parkhurst will fight for it (Assuming Parkhurst can get some PT at Augsburg).

bjelks
Post #11
Thursday July 25, 2013 11:57am

Joined Nov 2012
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Although Herc and EJ have played well for us, I dont believe they are as dynamic as Boyd, Wooten, Wood, Parker in form. Those guys are younger, play in a more competitive environment and have a higher ceiling.

I dont see why we take Parkhurst if we have healthy in form Chandler, Dolo, and Lichaj.

I dont see how Castillo makes the team if Beas and Fab are healthy.

As good as we've looked this summer, I still believe that Adu in form is the key to being a threat to anybody. He's still the only player we have that has the ability to take on any opponent no matter how tight the space.

Regardless of where Cam plays for Stoke, he best serves the Nats as a CB and I believe his partner should be Edu with Besler as a backup. Gonzo is too slow, too weak, and too clumsy.

All in all, we're going in the right direction, I just think we have so much more room for growth.
goalsense
Jaybinho20
Post #12
Thursday July 25, 2013 3:14pm

Joined Oct 2012
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All good points.

I am just saying this as no one else has mentioned him yet. I am not counting on it, but it will be interesting to see what transpires with Shawn Parker. He is a good player and has played at many youth levels for Germany. Klinsy, supposedly, has been in contact. His dillema in Germany is that he is between to "Golden Ages" that are stacked with talent at the Winger and Striker positions. USA could be a great option for him to play in a WC one day. Maybe not for this cycle but just something to watch this season as well.

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #13
Friday July 26, 2013 7:21am

Joined May 2013
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Going way out on a limb, more wishful thinking for positions of need.

Ream hopefully having a solid club stint at LB.

Farrell at RB.

I like Yedlin a lot also but he'd have to make up a lot of ground from a defensive standpoint. He really is quite bad defending crosses. Farrell overall reads the game better and also has college experience at CB. Hopefully he is brought in for the January camp and does well. I don't think Dolo can stay healthy and return to form. I think Chandler's antics have ticked off a number of players. I really can't imagine MB is overly excited about seeing Chandler walk through the door...and his form hasn't been so great to merit the perceived sense of entitlement...i think he'd be toxic in the locker room.

Cameron coming through as a starting Dmid for club and country.

As far as players on the fringe of the team that were question marks or afterthoughts, I'll go with Stu, Beckerman and Corona getting on the plane.


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