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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
Thursday September 22, 2011 2:38 pm
I would love that squad.
Do you think Gonzalez, John, Shea, and Loyd will be released since they will be in the midst of playoffs in MLS?
The only other person I would like to see is Adu.
Freddie footballer
Thursday September 22, 2011 2:25 pm
I think the injury to Torres is a blessing in disguise. It'll force Klinsmann to bring in someone else in the center of the pitch, like a Diskerud, Feilhaber, Adu to get a good long look. It'll also give Bradley a chance there as well. Don't think we'll see Holden, Klinsmann just said he will not rush him back. See you in November, Stu...
ben Z
Thursday September 22, 2011 2:10 pm
I would still call Jermaine Jones a top US player. He is in a complete mess at the club scene and needs to straighten that out before being called back into camp. The quality is still there.
Thursday September 22, 2011 2:07 pm
It seems unlikely that Findley, nearing 30, has magically become a different player because of a few months, many injured, in England. But he may nevertheless still be one of the best, say, 8 strikers the U.S. has given the right situation. He's a decent finisher but primarily a counterattacking player whose effectiveness drops near zero once he's taken more than about two touches. We have better guys who can do the same things.
Thursday September 22, 2011 2:03 pm
Again, no mention of Adu is baffling to me. He has been getting solid minutes with Philly since coming back from a slight ankle injury and he impressed in the Gold Cup.
Thursday September 22, 2011 1:53 pm
Since when does a player who has NEVER played for the United States (Fabian Johnson) qualify as a top player? Maybe he should do something - ANYTHING - in a United States jersey before getting that tag. Not so long ago Jermaine Jones was being touted in the same way. How's that worked out so far?
Thursday September 22, 2011 1:39 pm
Strong roster for US.


cherundlo goodson boca chandler
landon holden shea
Altidore Dempsey
Thursday September 22, 2011 1:38 pm
How long does Robbie Findley keep up his run of form before he gets another look? Seems to have gained confidence and skills he was lacking at RSL.
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