BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, August 16, 2013
The United States national team has become a lot more competitive and it is a tough team to make

The September qualifiers will be where Jurgen Klinsmann finally puts his entire team together based on three very important and successful learning experiences this summer.

The World Cup qualifiers saw many of the established core gel and surge into first place in Concacaf qualifying. The Gold Cup saw other new players make their case. In addition, Landon Donovan has reemerged as a force within the team. The experimental roster against Bosnia brought newcomers John Anthony Brooks and Aron Johannsson into the fold.

So with the three learning experiences behind him, how will Klinsmann put the team together? Tough decisions will have to be made.

There is one new face that could potentially emerge. Eric Lichaj is one of the few American playing right backs in Europe and has earned positive reviews in his first few games for Nottingham Forest. Michael Parkhurst, Timothy Chandler, Steve Cherundolo, and Johnathan Spector are all either injured or not playing. Geoff Cameron can play right back but he is best used within the U.S team as a central defender or defensive midfielder.

Goalkeepers (3): Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Nick Rimando

Defenders (8): Brad Evans, Eric Lichaj, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, John Anthony Brooks, Geoff Cameron, DaMarcus Beasley, Edgar Castillo

Midfielders (8): Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Sacha Kljestan, Clint Dempsey, Jose Torres, Fabian Johnson, Graham Zusi, Alejandro Bedoya

Forwards (4): Jozy Altidore, Aron Johannsson, Eddie Johnson, Landon Donovan
Saturday August 24, 2013 2:52 pm
This is mostly right. I predict the following changes:

Clarence Goodson will replace Edgar Castillo. Castillo looked awful in the Gold Cup.
Alejandro Bedoya will replace Jose Torres. Bedoya, Diskerud, Corona and Shea are all better options than Torres at this point.

We might see Diskerud or Corona replace Klejestan, though this is less likely.
Thursday August 22, 2013 2:36 am
One thing is clear, Brooks gets a cap and he's ours.
Thursday August 22, 2013 12:43 am
The wing play during the Gold Cup was great but it's hard to ignore the success we just had against Bosnia with two up top. I'd love to see Jozy paired with Dempsey, EJ, Johannsson, or Donovan up top.

the rest...

F. Johnson- Jones (Torres)- Bradley- Bedoya (Zusi)

Beasley- Besler- Cameron- Evans


Willing to consider Lichaj if he's hot and I believe Chandler is too talented to just let drift away so hope he comes around to a more solid commitment.
Tuesday August 20, 2013 12:19 pm
Nailed it besides Torres IMO. I think it will be Mix instead.
Monday August 19, 2013 10:56 pm
I think you've nailed the 23 players...the question will be how does JK deploy them. IMO the best formation to get the most out of the player pool would be something along the following:
--F. Johnson-------Dempsey---------Donovan--

Cameron could replace Evans or Jones (straight swaps)
Goodson could replace Gonzalez (straight swap)
Fabian could start @ LB...Donovan LM, & Zusi/Bedoya RM
Tactical subs: Cameron for Jones, EJ/Johannsson for Donovan/Dempsey, Bedoya for Zusi or vice versa.
Monday August 19, 2013 4:33 pm
JK must bring Lichaj into the fold. The young man has tremendous pace, has played almost exclusively in Europe in his 20's and can play LB or RB. Before his injury a couple years back he played well at LB for the Nats. Not bringing him along now with Dolo aging and oft injured, Evans not playing LB daily at his club, and Chandler simply not being ready for the big show is imo a foolish move that will haunt us in the WC. Quite honestly Beasely will be a liability against top sides in the WC so hopefully JK figures out a solution there as well. Fabian is too valuable at left mid/wing to use him as a LB.
Sunday August 18, 2013 11:45 am
In looking at it, I think Klinsmann will elect for a more attacking style. To do that, he will need Beckerman to play more defensively to help the backs. Here's my 23 . . .
Goalkeepers (3): Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Nick Rimando. Defenders (8): Brad Evans, Eric Lichaj, Matt Besler, John Anthony Brooks, Geoff Cameron, DaMarcus Beasley, Edgar Castillo, Charles Goodson. Midfielders (8): Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson, Graham Zusi, Kyle Beckerman, Mix Diskerood, Joe Corona
Forwards (4): Jozy Altidore, Aron Johannsson, Eddie Johnson, Landon Donovan
Tom from Cali
Saturday August 17, 2013 12:35 am
How can you say Michael Parkhurst is either injured or not playing? He entered the Bosnia game late, and played the whole gold cup tournament. Are you saying he's riding the pine for his club team?
Friday August 16, 2013 2:25 pm
Goodson will start vs Costa Rica. Also Beckerman and probably Mix will be there.
Friday August 16, 2013 2:15 pm
@blaise. I also think Torres is out but think Corona or Mixx will be the guy coming in
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