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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, September 22, 2011
The roster announcement for the October friendlies is still a week away but the choices are becoming more clear.

In the first three games of the Klinsmann era, some players have played themselves off the team while others have begun to impress. In both defense, midfield, and attack, there are strengths and weaknesses and Klinsmann will have difficult decisions to make for his next roster.

The US team's backline is still the greatest concern for the US team. Tim Ream has been struggling for the Red Bulls and Michael Orozco Fiscal has not impressed since his strong outing against Mexico in Klinsmann's debut.

Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson, Steve Cherundolo, and Timothy Chandler are the safest bets in the backline but in moving forward, more players must be given looks.

In central defense, Omar Gonzalez and George John seem like good bets to earn callups as both are among the best in MLS. Also, Oguchi Onyewu is impressing recently with Sporting Lisbon and Klinsmann will want to evaluate him first hand with the US team.

In the midfield, the US team will welcome back Stuart Holden who is finally returning to Bolton after an injury he suffered in March. His presence will give the US team a solid presence on both sides of the field in the middle of the field.

Michael Bradley is also likely to be included after all signs point to the fact he will be earning consistent minutes with Chievo Verona. His ability to get involved with the attack as well as defend adequately will give the US team more versatility in the field.

The Norwegian based midfielders Josh Gatt and Mikkel Diskerud could also make their debuts under Klinsmann after strong seasons. Diskerud is one of the most consistent players in Norway while Gatt is one of the fastest and most explosive.

DaMarcus Beasley has also been enjoying strong performances with Puebla in Mexico and with Robbie Rogers struggling in the last two friendlies, Beasley is the most logical replacement on the wing.

The US team will not have all of its top players available for the upcoming games. The versatile Fabian Johnson recently hurt his neck and will not be able to make his US debut until November, at the earliest. Also, Jose Torres underwent foot surgery this week and will miss the remainder of the Mexican Apertura season.

With that said, here is my predicted 23-man roster for the October friendlies against Honduras and Ecuador.


Tim Howard
Bill Hamid


Timothy Chandler
Steve Cherundolo
Carlos Bocanegra
Clarence Goodson
Oguchi Onyewu
George John
Omar Gonzalez
Zach Loyd


Stuart Holden
DaMarcus Beasley
Michael Bradley
Brek Shea
Kyle Beckerman
Sacha Kljestan
Clint Dempsey
Maurice Edu
Josh Gatt
Mikkel Diskerud


Jozy Altidore
Juan Agudelo
Landon Donovan
Bernie Walls
Friday September 23, 2011 10:36 pm
The writer mentioned Gooch, apparently he forgot about the fact that Gooch is absolutely awful with the ball at his feet and lacks pace, which makes him a real liability in the back with the 2 wing backs pushing forward as much as they do. He had his day during the Boob Bradley era and should feel good about having put on the USA shirt, but the days of big, slow, one-dimensional defenders are gone.
Friday September 23, 2011 8:19 pm
Award- Yes, I posted it wrong, I had Buddle in mind, he will be 33. Either way it doesn't change the fact that he doesn't belong in the squad. Where Klinsmann wants to go, ie possession oriented, Findley does not have the skill set to thrive, maybe if were playing the counterattack like with BB in a 4-4-2, you would need that fast striker to play it to, a la Davies before getting hurt. The striker now is asked to make runs in between the CBs, to be able to hold the ball up, be an above average passer at least, and to be able to beat defenders off the dribble.....Findley is none of these. As far as Dunivant, you would be bringing someone in that will be 33+ in 2014, pointless. If anyone bring someone that will actually have a shot at being in the roster in 2014. Sean Cunningham (18) plays with Gatt at Molde, doesn't start reguarly but plays in all the cup games and reserve games.
Hoppy in ATL
Friday September 23, 2011 6:18 pm
@cats: Findley is only 26, mate....
Friday September 23, 2011 12:39 pm
Hmm, decent squad but too many CB's. Scrap Gonzales for now, and add another LB preferably Dunivant. I have seen Findley play this season, and he does look good, and Findley is like 26, so to the guy who said he would be 33 plus by the next WC is wrong in fact he will be 29. I don't think Stu gets called-up either, but I do like the inclusions of Diskerud and Gatt. I really want to see Gatt on the right and Shea on the left flying down the wings putting in crosses. That would definitely balance out the attack.
Starting 11 against Honduras.
Chandler, Onyewu, Boca, Dunivant
Subs: Agudelo, Gatt, Diskerud, Beasley.
Eric K
Friday September 23, 2011 11:32 am
I really like this hypothetical roster, even with Holden. It would be nice not only to see him in camp, but for Klinsman to see where he's at in terms of fitness. He went the distance for Bolton on Tuesday, which surprised me a bit, so he may be up for a half in the upcoming friendlies.

Then again, if he's not where he wants to be just yet, it would somewhat be a waste in flyer miles to come to the states and not even sit on the bench as a sub. In that case, Freddy Adu would be a nice little addition.

Having both Cherundolo and Chandler on the squad is like receiving two extra hash browns with your McDonalds breakfast. Chandler's a quality player doing good things for both club and country, and has regularly re-emphasized his commitment to play for the U.S.

As fir Findley: he's doing a lot better with his club now than he was with the national team during and prior to the world cup. Wouldn't mind seeing him at camp, but I prefer Jozy and Agudelo.

Gatt and Diskerud: I've been saying for a while that they need to get some caps in. Now would be a good time to try them out.

Very happy to see that the insertion of Onyewu in Sporting's lineup has led to great things for player and club. Welcome back, Gooch!
Thursday September 22, 2011 11:52 pm
First off, we will not see Stu in October, not sure we will even see him in November. I say its better to let him get back in the squad and a good few months in, call him up in January. He did include a LB, Loyd, but I see Chandler and Dolo out there. I would like to try Dolo on the left and see if he fares better than Chandler, he has played it for club a few times. I don't think Findley warrents a callup based on where we are headed as a team, possession oriented, plus he will be 33+ by 2014. I wouldn't mind seeing Adu replace Holden for this list. This is the lineup I would like to see one game off this list.


Shea Dempsey Gatt

Mix Bradley

Dolo John Gonzo Chandler
Thursday September 22, 2011 9:05 pm
You didn't include any left backs. Klinsy desperately needs to start auditioning potential left backs for qualifying.
Thursday September 22, 2011 5:34 pm
How about Parkhurst? He's playing regularly, and his team is near the top of the Danish league. He's also been playing more outside back recently (both on right and left), so maybe US could give him a look at left back?
Thursday September 22, 2011 4:51 pm
Jermaine Jones turns 30 in two months and is on the other side of his career. I don't see any world in which he should be a regular in the First XI for the USMNT. 33 when the World Cup comes around. Still doesn't excuse calling a player who has never played for the USMNT - Fabian Johnson - a "top" player. He's barely played in the past two and a half years ANYWHERE.
Hoppy in ATL
Thursday September 22, 2011 4:37 pm
I too am somewhat baffled about the lack of attention being given to Robbie Findley.... Perhaps I am a bit biased, being a big Forest supporter, but Findley has arguably been the best player at Forest so far this year (in fact he found the back of the net against Newcastle this week).... He has been using his pace to create plenty of chances lately and appears to have completely healed from the injury that kept him out last year.... JK would be wise to give him a call-up...
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