Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Yanks Abroad Says 13 from Europe

Yanks Abroad is reporting that USMNT Head Coach Bob Bradley will call in 13 European based players for the two USMNT matches that take place next week.

The Yanks Abroad list is:

Kasey Keller - Borussia Mönchengladbach
Tim Howard - Everton FC

Jay DeMerit - Watford
Oguchi Onyewu - Newcastle United
Carlos Bocanegra - Fulham
Heath Pearce - FC Nordsjælland
Jonathan Spector - West Ham United
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover 96
Frankie Simek - Sheffield Wednesday

Michael Bradley - Heerenveen
Clint Dempsey - Fulham
Benny Feilhaber - Hamburg SV
DaMarcus Beasley - Manchester City

That is a pretty interesting list. I like the picks of Bradley and Feilhaber, if there could be any way that Big Bradley could get these two guys in the midfield with Donovan and Deuce and still have a guy like Ricardo Clark in the midfield for defensive work, we might actually be getting a taste of what a creative USMNT looks like. Even with Donovan playing out of position at forward, unless Bradley went with a 3-5-2, I can't see how that would work.

If this is the group of Euro based players getting brought in next week, I would like to see the following guys round out a 22 man roster:

Bobby Boswell
Jimmy Conrad

Ricardo Clark
Landon Donovan
Justin Mapp

Kenny Cooper
Taylor Twellman
Nate Jaqua
Eddie Johnson

I really have no idea why I would pick EJ, but I really can't think of anyone else the USA has that can play forward, so maybe he just fills a roster spot, I don't know.

So who plays in goal? Tim got the call and the clean sheet against Mexico (and a nail in the arm) so does Keller get moved into the backup roll and Timmay get the #1 jersey? I honestly hope that we do see Howard starting in goal for both matches, as I do think that he will be our #1 for the next World Cup cycle and we need to start getting him matches now.

If this is the full roster, I would send out the following starting 11:


Spector - Bocanegra - Onyewu - Pearce


Deuce - Bradley - Beasely

Cooper - Donovan

Yeah, I know that I don't like Donovan up front, but with the need to get Deuce on the field as much as possible and still have Clark and Beasely on the field, the only other way would be to drop Bradley, have Donovan move into the midfield and put Twellman up front with Cooper, which is a line-up I would like to see walk out for the introductions.

In any case, Bob Bradley will announce his roster tomorrow, so we will see who we got.



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