Wednesday, May 30, 2007

USMNT Line Up vs. China

Here is the line-up for the USMNT for their friendly against China this Saturday:

GOALKEEPERS (3) - Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach)

DEFENDERS (6) - Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)

MIDFIELDERS (7) - DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Jesse Marsch (Chivas USA), Lee Nguyen (PSV Eindhoven)

FORWARDS (3) - Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Kamani Hill (VfL Wolfsburg), Ante Razov (Chivas USA)

I have t0 say, this is one interesting line-up. It is good to see that Nguyen is getting a look in the midfield along with Marsch. In all honesty, I have never even heard of Davies and Hill, so seeing how they do should be interesting.

Based on this line-up, I have a good feeling that we will probably see the midfield of Beasley, Bradley, Feilhaber and Deuce. Considering that pretty much everyone is expecting that Bradley and Feilhaber are the future of the US midfield along with Freddy Adu (who isn't exactly walking the talk he has dropped in RSL), having the two of them anchor the midfield is a good thing. I liked what I saw from them in the Ecudaor match and the Guatemala match.

The defense, IMHO, should be a line-up of Bornstien, DeMerit, Onyewu, & Bocanegra. Spector could easily fill the left back role instead of Bornstein, but something tells me that hard workin Bob will stick with his Chivas USA kid.

Then come the goalkeeper. If at all possible, and considering that this is a friendly, I think it is possible, I would like to see Howard start and only play the first 45 minutes. I would then want to have Guzan play the second half. There is really no point in having him join up with the side unless he is going to play. As he is often mentioned as a possible choice for the Copa America, he might as well get some time in with some of the defenders.

Overall, this is a very young and green group. Bocanegra and Beasley, I think, have the most experience of the outfield players, Keller having the most overall. Seeing how they handle China will be a telling point of the rest of the season. China isn't a group of gang busters, but on this level, no one should be underestimated. Considering the two mixed results we saw with the Ecuador match to the Guatemala match, we need to be on our game.



Blogger Fullback said...

I can understand calling in some of the Chivas players to fill in the roster, since they're off this week, but Marsch? I can only hope Bradley brought him in as emergency cover and a veteran presence in the locker room.

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