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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.
Wednesday November 2, 2011 1:49 pm
Agree with everything. Spector looked awful during his last outing, Lichaj is off the board for who knows how long, Goodson's team form is down, Orozco can't cut it, Cherundolo is too old for the long term, everyone else is too inexperienced.

Seems a no-brainer.
Sean Hef
Wednesday November 2, 2011 1:16 am
Great piece on Parkhurst. He's not a sexy call-up considering he's not a physical specimen, he doesn't play in European league many US fans pay attention, and he's not as young as someone like Omar Gonzalez. That said - Parkhurst has looked good in his few USMNT appearances and should be given a real shot.
Tuesday November 1, 2011 9:17 pm
Parkhurst was a bright spot for the Revs, and I miss being able to watch his style of play. He wins the ball based on positioning and timing. Unfortunately, because he's smaller and not a dominant aerial force, it'll be easy for Klinsmann to discount his skill.
Tuesday November 1, 2011 5:52 pm
I have to fully concur with this piece, Parkhurst's absence at New England has never been addressed and that team is a shadow of it's former self now...
Parkhurst is old enough to be experienced ,yet still young enough to be expected to last the three year cycle needed for qualifying for the next World Cup ... he played well three years ago at the Olympics, but hasn't had an in with Bob Bradley, only seeing a half a match last year against Columbia in which he had one questionable play, a back pass to Brad Guzan's right leg... problem was Guzan is left sided... but other than that he had a strong match... then NOTHING!...
He clearly should be brought into the fold... we need to steady our defense, and considering both Bocanegra and Cherundolo's age and the fact that Parkhurst can play both their positions if called upon, well he seems to be an obvious choice.
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