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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, September 28, 2012
After an uneven series of games against Jamaica, the October qualifiers are now crucial for the U.S team

The roster for these games will not change significantly from the roster in September but there will be a few changes.

First of all, the team will likely welcome back key players Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan who missed the Jamaica games with injuries. Also, Edgar Castillo also missed out on the last games with an injury but he is now healthy and playing for Tijuana.

Unfortunately, American winger Josh Gatt is probably unlikely to be called in again due to the same hamstring injury that forced him to withdraw from the Jamaica games. It is still possible for him to make the team but he would have to play and play well within the next week.

There are certainly players who are likely to make the team but who are on thin ice regarding their standing with the US team.

Maurice Edu did not play well for the US team against Jamaica in the 2-1 loss and he is also yet to play for Stoke City. He is likely to make the U.S team in October since he is very familiar with the team but if he doesn't play well and if his situation at Stoke does not improve, it could be the last time we see him with the national team for awhile.

Similarly, Jose Torres is struggling to fit into the national team this year. He plays a different role for Pachuca where he sits deep to create plays and help with possession. For the US national team, he is asked to play a more advanced positions and sometimes on the left side. As a result he looks out of place and if he doesn't perform well in October, he may struggle to get callups moving forward.

All that being said, it is highly unlikely that Jurgen Klinsmann makes any real changes to the team for the October games. For those wanting to see new faces, the November friendly will be a lot more interesting.

Predicted USMNT roster

Goalkeepers (3)

Tim Howard
Brad Guzan
Nick Rimando

Defenders (8)

Carlos Bocanegra
Geoff Cameron
Steve Cherundolo
Fabian Johnson
Clarence Goodson
Maurice Edu
Edgar Castillo
Michael Parkhurst

Midfielders (8)

Michael Bradley
Landon Donovan
Jermaine Jones
Danny Williams
Graham Zusi
Brek Shea
Joe Corona
Jose Torres

Forwards (4)

Clint Dempsey
Herculez Gomez
Terrence Boyd
Jozy Altidore
lee j
Saturday October 6, 2012 11:56 pm
GK- Howard Guzan Rimando
LB- Chandler__Castillo
CB- Boca__ Edu
CB- Cameron__ Goodson
RB- Dolo__ Parkhurst
DM- DWill__ Beckerrman
LM- Johnson__ Shea
CM- Bradley__ Jones
RM- Donovan__ Zusi
LS- Dempsey__ Altidore
RS- Gomez- Johnson

No Chandler then FJ to lb Jones to cm 4-3-3 Torres on the roster
Christian Gallus
Friday October 5, 2012 11:19 am
The US does have a true #10; its just that many haven't seen him yet; his name is Danijal Brkovic ( Dani ). He is as fast as Gareth Bale and equally gifted with both feet ( watch this past weekends' video ). Teams that fall in a defensive shell will sooner or later get trounced; they never win a major competition ( unless they get lucky like Chelsea did last year )... The secret to soccer is .... ATTACK ... and put pressure on top ( meet the enemy early ) amd outrun. outpass and tackle hard; and for that you need great strikers that can do everything ( we have them now ). All I am saying is: watch Danis' videos when they are posted and judge for yourself. sincerely, Christian Gallus Binghamton NY
Thursday October 4, 2012 7:05 pm
Let's face it. The USMNT does not have the true #10 to make it flow offensively. We do have Donovan, who is a winger. We do have Bradley who is a good middy, but lacks touch in the final 1/3. We do have Jones who has had success at a very high level but may be out of his prime now. However, NO ONE else has answered the bell as an offensive minded middy with a soft touch and laser like precision to set up forwards who just CAN"T create on their own. They need great service to even have a chance of scoring. Demps,Jozy and Boyd can be dangerous, but only with good service! Gotta let Adu have as many chances as the other hacks that have played a ton of minutes with mediocre results like Torres, Shea,Edu,Holden, Feilhaber,Zusi,Sasha and the list can go on and on..... Adu is the only option if you want to see sweet passes on a dime to set up scores. If you dont think he is a complete player or doesnt have enough stamina or speeed to play the whole game............just take him our after he sets up a couple goals in the first half. He is not a supersub to put in when things get desperate because you havent been able to score in the first 70 minutes! Forget all the BS about not being consistant or being liked enough. Just put him in with the 1st team and watch him go to work.
Tuesday October 2, 2012 3:04 am

I respectfully disagree. I have watched Adu this year and he simply is not a consistent player. I am not sure if it is his work ethic or he simply gives up but some games he is god awful. The problem is you never know when or if he is going to show up. When he is bad he is really bad and we simply cannot afford to have a really bad player on the pitch.
Mark WNY
Monday October 1, 2012 12:11 am
I was supporting a call up for Sacha, Eric L or Ream - but they are not even getting starting minutes at their clubs. Give a chance to new faces: Joya, Johhannson, De Leon (DC United).
Sunday September 30, 2012 5:53 pm
Since Freddy Adu has been brought up, let me voice my opinion. It's irrelevant whether he'is good or bad, brilliant or awful. Coaches don't like him. Teammates don't like him. He's 23 years old and has played for 8 teams. Success or failure, they've all let him go and no one, management, staff, or squad, has ever stood in his corner and cried the loss.
Sunday September 30, 2012 3:47 pm
OK here's my two cents... the single biggest question I have has less to do with which players Klinsmann decides to employ than in what SHAPE he intends to try to have them play. Our last match against the Jamaicans had us playing in effect a 5 and 5, a balanced well spread shape... and we were for the most part playing two and three touch and moving the point around... it was working and only the woodwork and a strong performance by the Jamaican keeper kept us to just one score... but, and there is always a but... when we went to a 4-4-2 we bunkered in and let them come at us. This is something that really troubles me about Klinsmann, he needs to understand that even if we are away at Antigua, we at least on paper should be able to score more than once against them... and that means NOT going into a shell way too early...
Saturday September 29, 2012 3:01 pm
If Klinsmann truly goes with the same roster besides the additions of Donovan, Bradley, and Castillo; there will be a lot of criticisms. Back in May and June the USMNT had basically this roster, adn they still looked horrible going forward in attack. Regardless if you bring Bradley and Donovan back into the squad the USMNT will still lack some creative punch. Maybe Zusi will help with that. All I care about is the team qualifying for the Hex, but the same continued call-up's of Torres( who has done nothing in a US jersey) and the plethora of CDM's is killing the USMNT. Things will have to change when the U.S. goes to the Hex. Personally, I see this starting 11 against Antigua.

Subs: Guzan, Goodson, Castillo, Jones, Shea, Corona, Gomez
Saturday September 29, 2012 12:01 pm
Kamp, you are way off on your "maybe brilliant maybe awful" assessment of Adu. I hate the fact that Klinsmann says he needs to see the results for him to be called up. He needs to watch that video on youtube of all the assists he SHOULD have this year, which could of been in the double digit range. The US is sorely lacking a playmaker in the midfield, somebody that is comfortable with the ball at his feet, not afraid to take players on and create space for others. IMO, Adu is a no-brainer pick for this team, but you're right, he wont be on the roster.
Saturday September 29, 2012 1:43 am
Freddy Adu will not be on the roster. He has not played consistently for his club team. We need to win these qualifiers so Klinsman will bring in players with known abilities, not a maybe brilliant maybe awful player.
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