BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Despite only joining the club early in 2011, US national team central defender Clarence Goodson has been named Brondby's captain.

Goodson, 29, will replace former captain Max von Schlebrugge who was removed from his post after missing significant time with multiple injuries.

Ever since joining Brondby, Goodson has impressed and last season he helped to guide the club to a third place finish in the Danish Superligaen and a spot in the Europa League.

Goodson's first job as captain will be a difficult one on Thursday when the club host Austrian club Ried SV in a return leg of the Europa League. Last week, Brondby dropped their first game 2-0
Friday August 5, 2011 11:42 pm
So Goodson named captain. He's the defensive leader. In his first game 'in charge" he and his defense give up two goals - at home - to a scrub team from Austria - to be eliminated from the UEFA Cup.

Sounds like just the leader the USMNT needs!
Friday August 5, 2011 5:08 pm

I'm speaking of players that look to set out to become a leader on the field.

Imo, SH looks like a player who wants to lead. I 100% realize he hasn't been healthy. I'm speaking of players who set an example and play the way a leader should. That's all.

Julian Y
Friday August 5, 2011 8:19 am
@adam: Holden, really? And no to Carlos? Turn your DVR back on and take some time to actually watch some US games. I'm a big fan of SH but he still hasn't gotten a serious run of international games due to injuries. And Carlos may not be a feasible option only because he's getting a little older and may not be around for the 2014 WC, but make no mistake about his excellent leadership.
Thursday August 4, 2011 8:05 pm

Never said I don't think Cherundelo is 'unsuitable for captainship'.

LD imo as well as many others don't like his hot/cold attitude on the field. Some games he 'wants it' and others he 'simply doesn't'. When watching at least, I realize this isn't the case in reality, but it does look that way. I couldn't stand watching him in the Gold Cup playing his heart out the last 10 minutes when we had been down the whole game against El Salvador. Where was that attitude therevious 80 minutes? It seems it happens all too often lately and in his career. Also, not going overseas is a negative in his career. It would have pushed him further along at the international level. Not now, but in the past he should have gone to a team where he would have been a starter.

Edu is sub-par at international level imo as of now, Jones can't captain with his temper on the field (it does make him a leader, but not a captain), MB may become more of a leader without his dad around which I feel will be a positive for his game (yes, I'm a fan of MB).

I simply am talking about future possibilities as well and seeing players strive to become a vocal leader on the field. Not who is our current 'best'. Because our current 'best' isn't necessarily great. Several average leaders, but no one stands out in particular imo.
Thursday August 4, 2011 5:55 pm

I think it's a little strange that you find Cherundolo unsuitable for captainship when in his first year captaining Hannover 96, he led them to a fourth place finish in the Bundesliga. There aren't too many Americans captaining teams in top flight European soccer.

Donovan has been captain of L.A. for a few years now. Granted, he hasn't won championships, but he's still not the worst possible candidate for a captain. Hot and cold he may be, but he plays 100% every second he's on the field. Plus there is an argument for having your best player wear the armband. There's an even stronger argument for having the best player in the history of your country wear the armband. (Donovan on both counts.)

Holden is far too young and inexperienced to even be in the discussion for team captain. You might want to wait until he secures a position in the starting lineup before throwing his name in the mix. (And with Donovan, Dempsey, Bradley, Jones, Edu and co. fighting for midfield spots, that could be a long wait.)
Thursday August 4, 2011 7:53 am

Cherundelo isn't vocal what-so-ever on the field from what I've ever seen. However, he keeps his head cool which is a plus.

LD isn't a leader plain and simple imo. He's too hot/cold lately. Some games it looks like he wants it, the next he doesn't.

Boca, yes and no. You could throw his hat in, but still not worthy imo.

Ordered List imo:

Howard (keeper shouldn't be captain imo)
Holden (has been injured all too often, can't wait for him to be healthy)
Boca (will be seeing much less play with klinsman imo)
Cherundelo (will be seeing much less play with klinsman imo)
LD (no)
Thursday August 4, 2011 3:18 am
Adam: Steve Cherundolo?
Landon Donovan?
Carlos Bocanegra?
Wednesday August 3, 2011 8:01 pm
Congrats Goodson! I haven't seen many players other than Howard & Holden on the field prove themselves captain worthy. Big step in a quality career.

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