BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, April 9, 2012
Next month the US national team will open camp in preparation for a series of friendlies and the start of 2014 World Cup Qualifying.

Jurgen Klinsmann has said that he will call up 23 plays for the camp and he will have an extended list of players on standby.

Right now, the only injuries I am taking into account are to Stuart Holden and Omar Gonzalez. Oguchi Onyewu and Zak Whitbread have been dealing with injuries recently and they could be questionable. If both Whitbread and Onyewu are not able to recover, I think Seb Hines and Michael Parkhurst would be next in line in the central defense pool.

Bottom line is that I do not see many surprises at this time. The only one I am going with is for young Molde winger Josh Gatt to receive his first callup. The reason is that Klinsmann will need to provide some speed on the wings.

Here is the list I predict will make the team along with players who are also in contention.


Tim Howard - Everton
Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa


Carlos Bocanegra - Rangers
Clarence Goodson - Brondby
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover
Timothy Chandler - FC Nurnberg
Zak Whitbread - Norwich
Tim Ream - Bolton
Oguchi Onyewu - Sporting Lisbon
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa


Michael Bradley - Chievo Verona
Jermaine Jones - Schalke
Danny Williams - Hoffenheim
Maurice Edu - Rangers
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim
Jose Torres - Pachuca
Brek Shea - FC Dallas
Josh Gatt - Molde


Jozy Altidore - AZ Alkmaar
Herculez Gomez - Santos Laguna
Clint Dempsey - Fulham
Landon Donovan - LA Galaxy

In the Mix

Michael Parkhust - FC Nordsjaeland
Mikkel Diskerud - Gent
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht
Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
Seb Hines - Middlesbrough
Damarcus Beasley - Puebla
Joe Corona - Club Tijuana
Edson Buddle - LA Galaxy
Geoff Cameron - Houston
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham City
Freddy Adu - Philadelphia
Edgar Castillo - Club Tijuana
Terrence Boyd - Borussia Dortmund
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
CJ Sapong - Sporting Kansas City
Thursday May 3, 2012 12:50 pm
What about Shea as a L.B. defender? He started out as a defender, it would take advantage of his ability to go forward (fast) his size and his left foot without calling upon him to move much with the ball. It is his short passing game and his ball control that are not up to par - for a forward but good enough for a defender. To play on the national team you gotta make sacrifices.
Mark WNY
Thursday April 26, 2012 1:10 am
Lichaj Boca Ream Chandler
Jones Bradley
Donovan Torres Dempsey
Wednesday April 25, 2012 10:05 pm
Who will replace Danny Williams?
I hope it is Joe Corona or C.J. Sapong
Friday April 20, 2012 8:14 pm
I'm thinking a starting lineup looks a little more like this:

Shea is a natural lefty and is a physical matchup nightmare even if he hasn't been playing great lately. We haven't had Donovan and Dempsey on the field together under Klinsmann yet but I think he has to favor Dempsey in the CF/CAM #10 role. Donovan has winger speed and would be a better option on the right than Williams, who has played well but is a natural DM. Bradley needs to be on the field somewhere, either as a holding mid or RM like for Chievo. I favor Edu over Jones for his superior technical ability and I think he works better with Bradley than Jones does (Gold Cup vs Mexico anyone?). As for the back line, eventually Lichaj and Chandler will be the outside backs and Bocanegra will be out too. But for now Dolo gets the nod at RB. That's all.
Saturday April 14, 2012 1:15 pm
Great prediction! My projected roster was identical, sub Kljestan for Gatt. Here's my Starting 11
G- Howard
D- Chandler, Cherundolo, Bocanegra, Onyewu
M- Bradley, Jones, Johnson
F/M/Do whatever they want- Dempsey, Donovan
F- Altidore
Friday April 13, 2012 10:03 pm
Yeah good to know about Cooper because I haven't watched them all that much. Being an Arsenal fan, I'm not sure why I would expect anything less of the King.
Friday April 13, 2012 4:54 pm
I am not a soccer expert so this might be crazy talk, but since this is the internet that won't stop me. One of the things I see from the players on the list is that most can legitimately play more than one position. So why not play a bunch of guys that have this ability and then just adjust to whatever formation gives us the best advantage. For example (and there may be better mixtures) a starting 11 could be- Altidore, Donovan, Dempsey (with D & D capable of playing midfield or forward), Bradley, Edu, Williams (with Williams and Edu being able to play mid or defense) and Chandler, Johnson, Ream (mid and defense) and Bocanegra (central and outside defense). Even without the flexibility angle this would still be a respectable starting lineup, I think the group above could play any modern soccer formation and maybe give the US the tactical initiative for a change.
Cole Joseph
Friday April 13, 2012 1:28 am
Been doing a lot of thinking and i've kind of warmed up to the idea of Chandler at RW or RM. He's played it most of the year in Germany which is a top notch league. So I say why not? Maybe he's a hit with the USMNT there.
@Andy: your lineup makes sense, I like it. Kenny Cooper getting the call though? I'm afraid there's no shot of that. It's like Richie says; he's the product of Henry's great play.
@Brett: No way is Gatt getting his first cap as a starter against a side like Brazil. I think he'll be a great player for the USMNT in the future but JK would only use him off the bench if at all. I'd rather see Adu and his insane technical skills get subbed on anyway. Also you have Dolo at LB? With Lichaj at RB? And Johnson on the pine? I'm gonna assume it was a typo or something.
Thursday April 12, 2012 3:33 pm
@Andy - I am a NYRB supporter and am enjoying Kenny Cooper's play as much as everyone else. With that said, he is a product of Thierry Henry's presence on the field, whether its him assisting or drawing almost all of the attention from the opposition.
Thursday April 12, 2012 3:21 pm
Use MY brain? Chandler has played right mid/wing for Nurnburg the entire season, and he's done well there. D-Will is not a right wing, and he has been garbage there. He's only good on the wing for crappy bunker ball with another defensive minded player.

Gatt has a total of zero appearances for the USA so I'm not about to throw him in the starting lineup over some of our players that actually have caps unless he really impresses. He'll probably be an impact sub I would guess.

Chandler is a great option at right wing. He's got speed and endurance, great crossing ability, and he will still track back. Plus Lichaj or Cherundolo are solid at RB anyway. And Dolo at LB and Chandler on the right? C'mon...
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