BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, August 5, 2013
With Clint Dempsey having returned to MLS, the balance of powers between Americans abroad and MLS-based Americans has shifted.
So what would be the result of two U.S national teams facing each other? One team would consist of entirely of MLS-based Americans and the other team made up of YA's
On paper it would be quite a battle.
The MLS-based US national team
Goalkeepers Nick Rimando, Sean Johnson, Tally Hall
Defenders Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Clarence Goodson, Carlos Bocanegra, DeAndre Yedlin, Todd Dunivant, Seth Sinovic, Sheanon Williams
Midfielders Kyle Beckerman, Dax McCarty, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Graham Zusi, Brad Evans, Brad Davis, Luis Gil
Forwards Eddie Johnson, Mike Magee, Jack McInerney, Chris Wondolowski
The team is quite solid in the attacking positions and in central defense. It clearly lacks the experience from central midfields and box to box midfielders compared with the foreign based team, but it does have considerable more power in the midfield.
In central defense, the team is also loaded with the best American players. Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez are regular starters for the U.S team this year.
The team's weakness, however, is clearly at the fullback positions. DeAndre Yedlin is very promising but is still just a rookie while Todd Dunivant is experienced but past his prime.
The Foreign-based US national team
Goalkeepers: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Cody Cropper
Defenders : Geoff Cameron, John Anthony Brooks, Oguchi Onyewu, Michael Orozco-Fiscal, Timothy Chandler, Steve Cherundolo, DaMarcus Beasley, Fabian Johnson,
Midfielders: Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Maurice Edu, Mix Diskerud, Alejandro Bedoya, Brek Shea, Joe Corona, Jose Torres
Forwards:Jozy Altidore, Terrence Boyd, Aron Johannsson, Herculez Gomez
This team is very strong in central midfield and has the decisive advantage over its MLS counterparts in the fullback positions.
The central defense pairing of Cameron and Brooks is solid but inexperienced. Brooks is still only 20 and Cameron has not played a lot of central defense recently since moving to England last year.
Altidore is the best American forward but would he get the service he needs with the midfield from the foreign-based national team? If not, the foreign based team would have no chance at advancing.
If having to pick between the two different U.S teams listed above, I would say the MLS-based U.S team would win 3-2. The MLS team's offensive advantage from the midfield positions is simply too much of an advantage and the YA's fullbacks are very offensive minded. For the foreign-based team to win, it would need a big performance from Bradley and Jones. Overall, however, the MLS wins despite its weaknesses in the fullback positions.
So who would win in your hypothetical game between a foreign-based U.S national team or an MLS-based national team?