Thursday, July 30, 2009

USMNT Projected 2010 World Cup roster

What's left to say about the Gold Cup that hasn't already been said? We had four strong matches, and then one epic failure. It's clear that the 5-0 loss to Mexico weighs more heavily on our hearts than any of the previous victories, but fortunately we have only a few weeks to wait before we get the chance for revenge.

Is it really all that bad that we finished the Gold Cup in second place? Nah. There's no upcoming Confederations Cup to qualify the victor for like last time, so it's not an incredibly meaningful trophy. Our goal for the Gold Cup was to evaluate some new players, right? So if that was the goal, then mission accomplished? Right?

There were definitely a few players who set themselves apart from the rest of the roster in the Gold Cup, both positively and negatively. Guys like Ching and Perkins proved why they've already virtually locked up spots on the World Cup team, while other guys like Heaps and Cooper proved why they haven't received more action in the past. Let's take a second run at our potential World Cup roster, with a little bit of a different format from last time.

Goalkeepers
3 In:
Tim Howard - Still the lock for #1 keeper
Troy Perkins - May have moved into #2 slot after Gold Cup
Brad Guzan - Needs more PT but hasn't lost spot yet

3 Out:
Jon Busch - Consistent MLS keeper could get another chance
Marcus Hahnemann - Is he still in consideration?
Luis Robles - Not a good Gold Cup for him

Defenders
8 In:

Oguchi Onyewu - Hopefully he gets some PT in Milan
Carlos Bocanegra - Full team's captain can start at CB or LB
Jay DeMerit - Confed Cup performance makes him a starter
Jonathan Spector - Now the unquestioned RB starter
Chad Marshall - Good Gold Cup, despite last match
Steve Cherundolo - Unimpressive in brief Gold Cup starts
Heath Pearce - Consistent and can play multiple positions
Jonathan Bornstein - Consistency is hard to come by at LB

8 Out:
Frankie Hejduk - May have lost spot to progressing Pearce
Clarence Goodson - Gold Cup CB was better than expectedD
anny Califf - No appearances in Confed, competing for 4th CB
Michael Parkhurst - Disappointing in Gold Cup
Marvel Wynne - Still waiting to see if he's more than just an athlete
Jimmy Conrad - Good in MLS, not an international
Michael Orozco - Disappeared from Nats for unknown reason
Jay Heaps - Played last ever international match Sunday

Midfielders
8 In:

Landon Donovan - Still best player ever to wear US uniform
Clint Dempsey - New right wing competition from Holden
Michael Bradley - Should continue to develop in Germany
Benny Feilhaber - Brief Gold Cup showing helped the team
Ricardo Clark - Potential transfer to Serie A
Maurice Edu - Hope to see him healthy soon
Stuart Holden - Stock definitely up after Gold Cup
Kyle Beckerman - Consistently adequate, maybe room for him

8 Out:
Robbie Rogers - No impact in Gold Cup knockout matches
Jermaine Jones - Hope he gets called in for some WCQ matches
Francisco Torres - Maybe returns to the fold 8/12
Sacha Kljestan - Needs to play better in MLS before next callup
Logan Pause - Mediocre in Gold Cup, probably out of the picture
Santino Quaranta - Not sure why so little Gold Cup PT
DaMarcus Beasley - Needs PT at Rangers to earn another chance
Sam Cronin - First cap at Gold Cup, keep in mind for 2014

Forwards
4 In:
Jozy Altidore - Transfer to Olympiakos could be good for him
Charlie Davies - Best player on the field against Honduras
Brian Ching - Only player to keep his head up in Mexico loss
Freddy Adu - Still in by default because no other good forwards

4 Out:
Conor Casey - Interested to see if he gets another chance 8/12
Kenny Cooper - Unimpressive in Gold Cup
Nate Jaqua - Just throwing out names at this point
Brian McBride - Please come back! We need you!

2 comments:

Jeremy said...

Landon Donovan - Still best player ever to wear US uniform

How about Harkes?

Brian McBride - Please come back! We need you!

I am not going to argue that Brian isn't better than Freddy, but he hasn't truly been starting material for several years. Unfortunately, if he is on the team, he is a starter because of who he is. I don't think he would accept being the number two option off of the bench.

Shatz... said...

Good ol captain for life John Harkes has got nothing on LD. 41 goals is nothing to sneeze at. Hopefully we'll see Donovan guide the US team as far as Harkes did '94.

(Glad to see someone took the bait. I love starting arguments through superlatives)