US Squad Selection to Face Brazil on September 9th


Goalkeepers (2): Tim Howard (Everton FC), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)

Looking towards the future, it’s good to see Seitz this early but shouldn’t we keep giving Guzan chances? Especially in a competitive atmosphere such as this? Doesn’t really matter as Howard will start and most likely play all 90.  

Defenders (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)

Many were itching for Pearce to be included and those seem to be the same people calling for a disbanding of the usual Bocanegra/Onyewu central pairing. Pearce won’t get time is my guess, but Simek will (who might be regretting his contract extension with Sheff Wednesday right about now). Spector is trying to hold on to his spot in West Ham’s line-up, but it is getting increasingly hard – a good showing against Brazil could up his persuasion power. Most likely will be Spector, Boca, Onyewu, Cherundolo…

Midfielders (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)

Dempsey is down as a midfielder but will most likely work up top with Donovan. Both Beasley and Dempsey have rapidly increased their perceived value in Europe these past couple weeks as Dempsey has 2 g, 2 a on the year and Beasley has several as well. Convey is still being ignored, but is slowly making his way back into the Royals set-up. Feilhaber is still in transition, but Bradley has found a place in a very inconsistent Heerenveen side. My guess is Beasley, Mastroeni, Bradley, Feilhaber (Ives thinks Wolff will play right wing and he could very well be right, as Feilhaber isn’t fully fit). 

Forwards (4): Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards), Josh Wolff (1860 Munich)

Crappy form as of late for the Wizards speaks nothing of Arnaud and EJ. Eddie Johnson’s acrobatic goal this past weekend was the only real upside of lopsided loss to Real Salt Lake. Arnaud has racked up 4 g, 6 a so far this year, but many think there are others who deserve this call-up. I think if he gets time, people are gonna like him. Never stops working and makes rather good decisions most of the time (not going to change the face of the game, but will certainly keep it going in the right direction). Donovan needs an injection of confidence as this losing thing could start hurting him at the international level. 

What is your starting XI? And how do you think they can stack up against the squad Dunga brings? 

8 Responses

  1. The best part about this whole lineup is that a striking majority play in a league OTHER than MLS, which can be good or bad.

  2. I worked the Arnaud angle in the post I just put up…with the usual compliment of cheap shots. I agree with your take on him, though, he’s a decent role player…not that we’re in short supply there.

    And I remain a fan of playing Dempsey up top till something better comes along.

    One last thing: I just can’t call any friendly – except those against Mexico – as a competitive environment. It’s band practice.

  3. Especially when we will be playing Brazil’s third team

  4. Brazil 4 USA 2 sept 9th 2007 …crap

  5. I rescind my comment about playing Brazil’s third team…

  6. I have been watching DeMarcus Beasley playing for Glasgow Rangers this season.

    So far he has scored a few goals, but does not stand up well to the passion of the Scottish game.

    His overall contribution is much less than I would expect from a quality player. He needs to be involved much more.

  7. You have to realize that DMB is still relatively new to the style of play. The dutch style he was so familar with until 2006 really didn’t afford him any type of advantage when he went to Citey on loan last year.

    He needs some time to adjust and he should start getting his nose into the play more often as the season progresses.

  8. Maybe I am spoiled and have set my standards too high. I was priviledged to see the likes of Willie Henderson (Rangers), Jimmy Johnston (Celtic), Davie Cooper (Rangers) when I was in my teens.

    I am sure, if you have seen film of these players, would agree that many of todays top players, including David Beckam, are not fit to lace their boots.

    One player , today, who I think may surpass them is Ronaldhino (Barcelona).

    My main concern over DMB is that he does not appear prepared to join the battle, and that he can be a virtual passanger for 80 of the 90 minutes. He is also short on both pace and trickery.

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