USMNT OCTOBER ROSTER PREDICTION
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, September 22, 2011
The roster announcement for the October friendlies is still a week away but the choices are becoming more clear.

In the first three games of the Klinsmann era, some players have played themselves off the team while others have begun to impress. In both defense, midfield, and attack, there are strengths and weaknesses and Klinsmann will have difficult decisions to make for his next roster.

The US team's backline is still the greatest concern for the US team. Tim Ream has been struggling for the Red Bulls and Michael Orozco Fiscal has not impressed since his strong outing against Mexico in Klinsmann's debut.

Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson, Steve Cherundolo, and Timothy Chandler are the safest bets in the backline but in moving forward, more players must be given looks.

In central defense, Omar Gonzalez and George John seem like good bets to earn callups as both are among the best in MLS. Also, Oguchi Onyewu is impressing recently with Sporting Lisbon and Klinsmann will want to evaluate him first hand with the US team.

In the midfield, the US team will welcome back Stuart Holden who is finally returning to Bolton after an injury he suffered in March. His presence will give the US team a solid presence on both sides of the field in the middle of the field.

Michael Bradley is also likely to be included after all signs point to the fact he will be earning consistent minutes with Chievo Verona. His ability to get involved with the attack as well as defend adequately will give the US team more versatility in the field.

The Norwegian based midfielders Josh Gatt and Mikkel Diskerud could also make their debuts under Klinsmann after strong seasons. Diskerud is one of the most consistent players in Norway while Gatt is one of the fastest and most explosive.

DaMarcus Beasley has also been enjoying strong performances with Puebla in Mexico and with Robbie Rogers struggling in the last two friendlies, Beasley is the most logical replacement on the wing.

The US team will not have all of its top players available for the upcoming games. The versatile Fabian Johnson recently hurt his neck and will not be able to make his US debut until November, at the earliest. Also, Jose Torres underwent foot surgery this week and will miss the remainder of the Mexican Apertura season.

With that said, here is my predicted 23-man roster for the October friendlies against Honduras and Ecuador.

Goalkeepers

Tim Howard
Bill Hamid

Defenders

Timothy Chandler
Steve Cherundolo
Carlos Bocanegra
Clarence Goodson
Oguchi Onyewu
George John
Omar Gonzalez
Zach Loyd

Midfielders

Stuart Holden
DaMarcus Beasley
Michael Bradley
Brek Shea
Kyle Beckerman
Sacha Kljestan
Clint Dempsey
Maurice Edu
Josh Gatt
Mikkel Diskerud

Forwards

Jozy Altidore
Juan Agudelo
Landon Donovan
Steve
Tuesday September 27, 2011 12:07 pm
JMHO...

Goalkeepers
==========
Tim Howard
Bill Hamid

Defenders
========
Timothy Chandler
Steve Cherundolo
Carlos Bocanegra
Clarence Goodson
George John
Omar Gonzalez
Zach Loyd
Jonathan Spector

Midfielders
=========
Freddy Adu
Michael Bradley
Brek Shea
Kyle Beckerman
Landon Donovan
Maurice Edu
Mikkel Diskerud
Demarcus Beasley
Josh Gatt

Forwards
=======
Jozy Altidore
Juan Agudelo
Deuce
Charlie Davies

With an arrangement something like the following, particularly seeing what Adu can do in a central, creative role; with Deuce roaming around behind Altidore, similar to the freedom Rooney has at ManU.

----- Tim Howard -----

-- Dolo -- Goodson -- Boca -- Chandler

-- Edu --

-- Adu --
-- Donovan -- -- Shea --

-- Deuce --

- - Jozy Altidore --
Jeff
Tuesday September 27, 2011 1:05 am
What I find interesting is the the USMNT actually might have some DEPTH. I mean, were talking of how many different guys are getting shots these last and next upcoming games? Good grief! Could we even have been having this kind of discussion not too long ago? We've come a long way since the Steve Sampson days when we had one cobbled up team for all over the globe. Now we have a coach that really knows the game and how to build a program. We might actually be really ready for this like no other time before!
Jared
Monday September 26, 2011 8:19 pm
anon, I don't get the age argument, I have seen a few others say the same thing. There are plenty of countries that play 18-20 year olds quite regularly in friendlies, why not us? As far as having wingers, if Klinsmann decides to run the 4-3-3 then Dempsey isn't a winger, he moves into the center. Donovan, Shea, and DMB are the only healthy options that are true wingers. Chandler plays RB, and we need outside backs so thats where he needs to play. Fabian Johnson is out for a couple of months with the neck injury. Shea and Donovan have MLS playoffs so not sure if we will see both of them. Klinsmann has said that he wants 2-3 quality players at each spot so he will experiment with the squad till qualifiers so why not call Gatt and Mix (he is much better than Beckerman) and Torres is out also for a few months.
http://deadspin.com/5827878/josh-gatt-19+year+old-american-soccer-player-is-spending-his-summer-break-shattering-ankles Say what you want about him being too young, but there aren't too many players on our squad with the combination of speed and skill on the ball to run at defenders like that.
leeterofcola
Monday September 26, 2011 2:24 pm
Definitely hoping Gatt and Diskerud get a look. I think Gooch has earned a look and will be very glad to see Michael Bradley back in the team. These are exciting times for the USMNT! Although the Costa Rica game was a disappointment, as far as results go, who can deny the fluidity and beauty of our play for the first 30 minutes. I think in the end what undid the team was tired legs. If we can continue to build that style and sustain it with better fitness, then we'll be looking good for qualifying next year.

Patience folks... these results don't matter. Let's build a foundation with our style and talent pool and go from there!
Mark WNY
Monday September 26, 2011 12:37 pm
In addition the names mentioned, I would like to see JK call:

GK - Guzan

Def - Williams

Mid - Bedoya

I will drop: Guch - give him more time in Portugal and Sacha and Kyle - did not do much last time around.

Love to see Altidore and Agudelo play at the same time.
anon
Monday September 26, 2011 12:01 pm
jared - first off, Gatt is way too young/green for a call-up. let him finish a full season in norway at least before jumping the gun. plus, we have plenty of other winger options at the moment: donovan, dempsey, shea, and beasley, to name a few. Not to mention Chandler, F. Johnson, and potentially Daniel Williams.

as for dix, again, i think he's a good player with a healthy future, but i don't think he's above other creative-type midfielder americans like Beckerman, Feilhaber or Torres, who are all more seasoned. And Edu and Bradley provide more bite on the defensive end.

Between Dix and Adu it's very close, but I give the edge to Adu given his performance in the Gold Cup, and much greater playing experience. Dix will be there for the olympics, but I don't see him as a central component for WC qualifying. Come 2014, I might change my tune.
rob
Monday September 26, 2011 10:22 am
Made a few changes to what I think would be the bets roster:

Goalkeepers

Tim Howard
Bill Hamid

Defenders

Timothy Chandler
Steve Cherundolo
Carlos Bocanegra
Clarence Goodson
Oguchi Onyewu
George John
Omar Gonzalez
Zach Loyd

Midfielders

Stuart Holden
Freddy Adu
Michael Bradley
Brek Shea
Kyle Beckerman
Alejandro Bedoya
Clint Dempsey
Maurice Edu
Mikkel Diskerud

Forwards

Jozy Altidore
Juan Agudelo
Landon Donovan
Charlie Davies
luke
Monday September 26, 2011 3:07 am
the thing the US in my opinion is truly missing is creativity in the midfield.
i would like to see this lineup
Howard
cherundolo, bocanegra, goodson, chandler (lichaj if healthy)
Bradley, Feilhaber (holden when fully healthy), adu, dempsey, donovan
Altidore with dempsey working as a striker or just behind altidore

I like the ball control and ideas from both feilhaber and adu and i think people that are creative and have good ideas are what the US lacks in the attacking third. Look Torres is a good passer but is to weak when challenged he is always knocked of the ball and plays to deep. I really want to see adu again he looked so good in the gold cup it was nice to see a guy pick out a 40 yard culring ball also he can beat a defender or two with his feet.

No more Robbie Rogers the guy is garbage if he cant run by his man he has no ideas once his man is on him
Jared
Sunday September 25, 2011 10:20 pm
anon, what's your reasoning for dropping Mix and Gatt, both are playing extremely well for their clubs. I could see changing out Holden for Adu or Feilhaber but not at the expense of Gatt and Mix as they are on great form.
anon
Sunday September 25, 2011 5:38 pm
I like your roster except:

1) Drop Gonzalez, add Spector as a back-up fullback.

2) Drop Diskeruud and Gatt, add Feilhaber and Adu.

3) Drop Kljestan, add another striker: Bunbury or Sapong.

4) Drop Holden, too early to bring him back. Wait till November.
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