BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, November 1, 2011
With the Jurgen Klinsmann-era now five games old for the US national team there is significant debate as to which players have been overlooked.

The names most frequently talked about are Omar Gonzalez, Josh Gatt, Mikkel Diskerud, George John, and Herculez Gomez.

The one name not being talked about but who is probably the most deserving of a callup for the US national team is Nordsjaelland defender Michael Parkhurst.

The Providence native is putting together a stellar year in what is the best season of his career. He has started every one of Nordsjaelland's 14 games and the club has the best defense in the Danish Superligaen with only 12 goals allowed.

Parkhurst is playing both right back and central defense for Nordsjaelland and these are two positions he can help the national team.

When looking at the defense for the US team right now, there are openings at the backup positions on the US team. The starting backline is pretty clear right now with Timothy Chandler now on the left, Steve Cherundolo on the right, along with a central defense tandem of Carlos Bocanegra and Oguchi Onyewu.

After the starting lineup, the backup positions remaine wide open. Jonathan Spector has been the usual backup fullback on either side but he has been ineffective and his playing time has decreased at Birmingham. Also Eric Lichaj continues to miss significant time with a hip injury and Edgar Castillo has fallen off the radar at Club America.

In central defense, the options beyond Onyewu and Bocanega have proven to be even more limited. Tim Ream and Michael Orozco Fiscal have both struggled and Clarence Goodson is off to a rough start with Brondby.

Many people argued that George John and Omar Gonzalez should also see time but John has not been the same player since his transfer to Blackburn fell through. Omar Gonzalez has been solid for the LA Galaxy but he has not received much attention from Klinsmann to date.

Klinsmann has said that he wants players to earn their way onto the national team through solid club play and no one, not even a red hot Herculez Gomez, deserves the chance more than Parkhurst based the way he has played the past three months.
Friday November 18, 2011 7:46 pm
Don't I remember Parkhurst really laying an egg in the 2009 Gold Cup?
Thursday November 17, 2011 5:40 pm
The point that everyone is missing is that Dolo and Boca will be too old by Brazil!!! Anyone who could possibly play a defensive position deserves a call up. We need to try something new. I hate to say it because I love those two, but they are very much entering the fragile years. I'm not saying it's impossible for them to play, but mid 30s isn't any athecarlos bocanegralete's prime.
Also, we have never had any depth at fullback. Onyewu's injury completely derailed the team. Lets not let that happen again.
Friday November 11, 2011 1:22 pm
Does anyone else remember Freddy Adu being the best player on the field when we played Mexico with Bradley as the coach. I have never been a big Adu fan, but he was our only effective player in that game. How has he not gotten a call up?
Tuesday November 8, 2011 1:26 pm
i dont think those players are ready for the USMNT just yet. Parkhurst is older than the rest but i don't think he deserves the call up yet. 14 games is not enough to judge a player. he needs to play a true full season in that form he supposedly is in.
Monday November 7, 2011 10:41 pm
Eurofan, how big a "eurofan" can you be if you think Nordsjaelland is in Norway? And more importantly, how intelligent a human being can you be if you read an article that says how well Parkhurst is doing in the Danish league and _still_ think that Nordsjaelland is in Norway?

Anyway, yes Parkhurst is very deserving of a recall. Let's see him in a friendly sometime in the new year.
commissioner of the universe
Sunday November 6, 2011 2:21 pm
I need know how MP's the shoulders holding up before I inform Klinssie.

Anyone know?
Saturday November 5, 2011 2:26 pm
parkhurst sucks!! why would anyone call him back up?? so what he had a couple of good games in norway...its norway! and enough with gonzales he too sucks! ive seen him play few games with galaxy and I see nothing special about this player...players from mexico dance around him in the champions league, and he can not mark...only mls players. anyways parkhurst sucks thank you
ed c.
Friday November 4, 2011 3:24 am
well the problem is that we have a lot of players playing well on mediocre teams. with bradley who had no soccer talent, little ability to choose a team and as far as i know, didn't play the game at the highest level or any level, a lot of players got a call-up who should never have.

now we have klinsmann, who has coached some pretty decent teams, was an outstanding player and has also won the world cup, we have a coach who seems to recognize talent and obviously isn't impressed with a player who scores a hat trick for a weakened swedish team while playing in the MLS.

let's just wait and see what happens.
Wednesday November 2, 2011 7:05 pm
I would love to see Parkhurst get called b ack up. Also, possibly Bobby Convey, he was in great form last season in the MLS before the Quakes collapsed this year. I think Whitbread should also receive a call at CB once he gets healthy and back on the field, an American CB starting in the BPL is a rarity, and he should grow a lot if he can work his way back into their starting xi.
Wednesday November 2, 2011 3:20 pm
Bring in Graham Zusi and yes, Parkhurst, he was solid has rookie of the year at revs. Revs colapsed after players like Parkhurst started leaving. Chris Rolfe is also a solid player, bring him in. Josh Gatt also when he gets healthy. There's a lot of talent out there, bring them in, no just the same old new players.
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