BOCANEGRA ADDS TO USMNT WOES
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ANDY SCHREUR - Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Carlos Bocanegra is in jeopardy of missing his fifth straight Racing Santander match this weekend.

Bocanegra's last appearance for Racing came in a February 2 win over Sporting Gíjon, when he picked up a yellow card in the 69th minute.

After that match, the US Captain traveled to Honduras with the US National Team, a 2-1 loss in which he did not play in what turned out to be a controversial benching by Jurgen Klinsmann.

He returned to Spain late that week and did not make the 18 as Racing beat Huesca 1-0. The following week Racing reported that he missed training due to a bout with the flu and was questionable for the match against Recreativo Huelva. He was on the bench for the Huelva match, did not make the 18 versus Mirandés and was an unused sub again last week against Numancia. Now, it appears, he has lost his starting spot permanently.

The lack of playing time will surely be noticed by Klinsmann, who has stated publicly that he wants players to be active first team participants at the club level in order to see time with the USMNT.

The next US Qualifier's are only a few weeks away when they play Costa Rica in Denver on March 22 and against Mexico at the Azteca on March 26.

Bocanegra's lack of playing time at Santander will only make Klinsmann's defensive choices more difficult. The first-time central defensive pairing of Omar Gonzalez and Geoff Cameron was not effective against Honduras and neither were Timmy Chandler on the right and Fabian Johnson on the left.

Club Tijuana and US left back Edgar Castillo underwent surgery this week to repair broken bones in his face and his doubtful for the matches later this month. Klinsmann also seems to have given up at Danny Williams at right back and has been playing him in his preferred central midfield.

Bocanegra has not played a competitive match in over a month and may be a question mark for Klinsmann at left back in Castillo's absence. Additionally, Hannover Captain and USMNT stalwart Steve Cherundolo is recovering from knee surgery and will not likely be back in time for the US qualifier's against Costa Rica and Mexico either.

Aston Villa's Eric Lichaj may earn a call up and is an option at left back, although he is not a regular starter for Villa.

Injuries and lack of playing time have severely limited Klinsmann's options in defense. Oguchi Onyewu, Eric Lichaj and Bocanegra do not see minutes with regularity in Europe and the former German striker faces a difficult choice in two very important matches for the US in the hexagonal later this month.
Alex H
Thursday March 7, 2013 3:09 pm
JK is going to call in the same CB as in Honduras because he has nowhere else to turn at the moment. He absolutely must also call 2 of Lichaj / Spector / Edu in the event that further defensive injuries or suspensions occur while playing Costa Rica, otherwise we risk having an embarrassingly bare backline against Mexico four days later.
46and2
Thursday March 7, 2013 1:40 pm
Since when has Danny Williams played right back for the US? To my recollection, he played out of position at right mid (ineffectively) for a handful of games before Klinsman moved him to holding midfield.

Boca hasn't played LB for the national team in a long time either, so I certainly don't see him playing there in anything other than an emergency situation, especially with his lack of minutes lately.

Fabian will play on the left with either Chandler or Parkhurst on the right and the other being cover on either side. Possibly an MLS player like Beta or Morrow (though Morrow looked poor last time out) gets called in for depth. Maybe Spector gets another call though as usual he's been playing other positions. I'd like to see Lichaj regardless of the fact that he hasn't been getting a lot of minutes.

Central defense will be the interesting/sketchy part. The Omar/Cameron pairing was really suspect, but with Boca riding the pine and Goodson struggling lately, what will JK do?
Bear06
Tuesday March 5, 2013 8:45 pm
I agree with Ilya that's it's time for JK to call up Brooks. Also Lichaj is not a regular starter and hasn't gotten PT off the bench lately, so I highly doubt he gets called up. Parkhurst can be Fabian Johnson's backup at LB.
Ilya
Tuesday March 5, 2013 3:57 pm
It's time to invite Johnathan Brooksbank.
Burt McGurt
Tuesday March 5, 2013 11:33 am
Boca is a little bit trifling.
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