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NFT: USMNT Roster

Joey from GlenCove : 3/15/2017 5:16 pm
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Goalkeepers (3): Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Brad Guzan Middlesbrough), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Jorge Villafa˝a (Santos Laguna), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Tim Ream (Fulham), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Club Tijuana)

Midfielders (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Fabian Johnson (Borussia M÷nchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)

Forwards (4): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)


Need 6 points v Honduras and Panama. Anything less than 4 would be a disaster. Jermaine Jones suspended game 1

Biggest surprise is no Sasha Klesjian, Graham Zusi, matt besler or Benny Feilhaber. Yedlin out due to injury.

My lineup guess, during their last two friendlies. They used 3 formations with many guys not on the team

Howard (looked really good on sunday)
Cameron(if totally fit), Brooks, Gonzalez, Beasley
Bradley, Johnson
Pulisic, Dempsey
Wood, Altidore (he's probably better in a pairing with woods)



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Go Terps : 3/15/2017 5:27 pm : link
Jermaine Jones must have pictures of Sunil Gulati with a goat.

With this group my eleven would be:

-----------------Howard
--Orozco-----Brooks---Zimmerman---Villafana
-----------------Bradley
---Pulisic-------Nagbe---------F. Johnson
-----------Wood---------Altidore
It's such a relief that Klinsmann is gone.  
Mr. Bungle : 3/15/2017 5:31 pm : link
It was getting tough watching meaningful matches rooting for the team to win while at the same time wanting Klinsmann's bad ideas to fail.
Bradley Stinks  
ThatLimerickGuy : 3/15/2017 5:31 pm : link
Consistently.
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Joey from GlenCove : 3/15/2017 5:31 pm : link
In comment 13394408 Go Terps said:
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Jermaine Jones must have pictures of Sunil Gulati with a goat.

With this group my eleven would be:

-----------------Howard
--Orozco-----Brooks---Zimmerman---Villafana
-----------------Bradley
---Pulisic-------Nagbe---------F. Johnson
-----------Wood---------Altidore


Dempsey as a super sub?
Joey  
Go Terps : 3/15/2017 5:33 pm : link
Yeah, depending on the game situation he can sub in for any of the front three players.

I just like Nagbe better at this point as a #10. But what I do think is crucial is playing 2 up front...that's when Jozy is at his best.
I always think of TMNT  
spike : 3/15/2017 5:34 pm : link
when you write USMNT

RE: Joey  
Joey from GlenCove : 3/15/2017 5:41 pm : link
In comment 13394413 Go Terps said:
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Yeah, depending on the game situation he can sub in for any of the front three players.

I just like Nagbe better at this point as a #10. But what I do think is crucial is playing 2 up front...that's when Jozy is at his best.


i think nagbe is better suited out w/o jones. But not sure hes had enough of a run on this team.

Back 4 once again will be an issue
Pulisic is the future...  
bw in dc : 3/15/2017 9:13 pm : link
He's making real contributions at Dortmund. The sky is the limit, and he could be an one of America's great players...
What happened to Aron Johansson?  
B in ALB : 3/15/2017 9:47 pm : link
Wonder if he wishes he stuck with Iceland after their Euro run.
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ColHowPepper : 3/15/2017 10:05 pm : link
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Biggest surprise is no Sasha Klesjian, Graham Zusi, matt besler or Benny Feilhaber. Yedlin out due to injury.

um, no, biggest relief is no Zusi (doesn't cut it at this level, set pieces or otherwise), Klesjtan didn't show well in his audition, Besler while well known to us is slow afoot and sometimes slow in decision-making, and I think, in terms of Feilhaber, he was screwed by JK and it's been too long, too many injuries.

bw in dc re. Pulisic, you bet! Scored his 1st Champions' League goal last week, a beautifully simple flic under pressure, couldn't have been better executed.

Good to see some new MLS blood and hopefully Arena will integrate them, a lot of new faces, new chemistry.

Let the new era start well!!
As a Philadelphia resident, Borussia Dortmund is practically like the  
cosmicj : 3/15/2017 11:17 pm : link
Home team with Pulisic playing such a big role. He had 1 goal and 2 assists in their win over Benfica. This guy is the s***.
Acosta  
Jon in NYC : 3/16/2017 7:13 am : link
is the most underhyped 21 year old. It's crazy. He's two footed, athletic, a legitimate box to box player, and yet no one talks about him. He had a brace in the CCL a couple weeks ago and scored a wonderful free kick goal yesterday. He is going to a be a lynchpin of this team for the next decade. Probably taking over for Bradley or playing beside him.
RE: What happened to Aron Johansson?  
Joey from GlenCove : 3/16/2017 7:44 am : link
In comment 13394608 B in ALB said:
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Wonder if he wishes he stuck with Iceland after their Euro run.


injured; out of form; doesn't play

him and green probably get a Gold Cup look. if he doesnt then i'd say his days with the USMNT are likely over
Is this the deepest group of midfielders the US has ever had?  
Bobby Humphrey's Earpad : 3/16/2017 8:09 am : link
Feels like it - but damn if we can't find ONE left back.
RE: Is this the deepest group of midfielders the US has ever had?  
Joey from GlenCove : 3/16/2017 9:16 am : link
In comment 13394741 Bobby Humphrey's Earpad said:
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Feels like it - but damn if we can't find ONE left back.


We need a dual national Italian to play LB

Midfield is deep starting to think midfield will have pulisic in the middle.

Also is a 3-5-2 possible?
thoughts and questions  
ColHowPepper : 3/16/2017 9:49 am : link
Joey, who knows how Arena will play it: re. Pulisic, my big worry with him is how slight of frame he is. He takes a lot of shots from big CBs who want to shake him off his game, putting him in the middle where he will take more shots from the blind side as vs. playing the wing is a risk, imo.

BHE, maybe it will be Ream? Not thrilling, but a known contributor. Seems as though Fabian is in the MF.

Jon, how serious the Acosta injury?
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