USA-Belgium set for Sept. 6 (Updated and Confirmed)

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The long-rumored USA-Belgium friendly has yet to be announced by the U.S. Soccer Federation, but the Belgian FA isn't wasting time promoting the match, posting an announcement that the friendly is set for Sept. 6th in Brussels.

UPDATED- U.S. Soccer officials confirmed to Fox Soccer on Friday evening that the USA-Belgium friendly will take place and an announcement will take place next week.

If the friendly is finalized, it would give U.S. Soccer another tough test as Belgium boasts one of the best collections of young talent in Europe. Led by such standouts as Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Vincent Kompany, Belgium is currently ranked 35th in the world. USA is ranked 24th.

What do you think about a potential USA-Belgium friendly? Which players would you like to see called up for such a friendly?

Share your thoughts below.

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121 Responses to USA-Belgium set for Sept. 6 (Updated and Confirmed)

  1. Colin says:

    Can’t wait to see what Jurgen Klinsmann’s lineup is going to be for this match…

  2. DingDong says:

    Will Bornstein start?

  3. Cereal Box says:

    I know, i hope we play better under him. Hope their is more freindlies to test out the team.

  4. Ken says:

    LOVE it! This Belgian team as you said has good young players in defense, midfield, and strikers so it should be interesting. I hope we use our young players in this match.

  5. ChelseaFC says:

    The fact that Belgium is ranked below the US is a joke.

  6. Danielle says:

    That would be awesome – I actually enjoyed the Chile friendly at HDC with all the young players.

  7. maka says:

    Belgium isn’t looking good to qualify for Euros.

  8. Stephen says:

    Rankings aren’t based on individual potential. They are based on past team results.

  9. ChelseaFC says:

    And the US wouldn’t sniff the Euros. They’d be battling for their lives against teams like Bosnia.

  10. Cereal Box says:

    Don’t believe the rankings.

  11. Since 82 says:

    Love the idea of the Belgian game coming up soon to get rid of the aftertaste of the Mexico match.

  12. Cereal Box says:

    they cant even beat guadelooupe to save their lives, would’nt count on them handling malta or azerbaijan with ease, they might go down early……

  13. kev says:

    Should be a nice game. It’s good to play games in Europe. But can’t we get a game scheduled for like New Orleans or Atlanta or San Antonio?

  14. cereal box says:

    This Belgian team has very good players and is underrated they could easily take the match to the USA, without any real difficulty.

  15. Danny says:

    Captain!

  16. Alex says:

    Do you get your grammar out of a cereal box too? :P Just kidding. I’m looking forward to this match as well. Belgium’s tough and its always good to see our guys challenged. No use in playing minnows.

  17. Danny says:

    Would really like to see Davies, Chandler, Mixx, and a COMPLEATLY new back line. New GKs would also be nice to see.

  18. cereal box says:

    He is expected to captain that game.

  19. Alex says:

    The rankings have always been a joke. I love me some USMNT but there’s no way we’ve ever been the fifth best team in the world. (That was pre 2006, and we know how that WC went.)

  20. Idaho Brian says:

    This is a good quality friendly…I especially like the idea of playing quality European teams in Euorope. Although Belgium are not a super power…I believe they are compable in class to the USA, (IMO).

  21. Alex says:

    We DID beat Guadeloupe though, and the only thing that kept it from being a blowout was brilliant goalkeeping and poor finishing…

  22. Cereal Box says:

    new manager as well…..

  23. Since 82 says:

    There is one place, and only one place, where the next USA game should be. Portland. Period. Case closed.

  24. CA says:

    Should be a good game. Hopefully we’ll have a new manager on the sidelines…

  25. Cereal Box says:

    remember we almost went down against them in the 4th minute, and they had opportunities our finishing was abysmal as well. The wise a** remark above was unnecessary, I JUST have to say.

  26. John says:

    Not even past results. The ranking is based on points you pick up by playing games. The US gets the same amount of points for beating Guadaluope at the GC as Spain would get for beating Italy at the Euros. Same goes for qualifying. That’s how you end up with these ridiculous positions.

  27. Alex says:

    Probably so. I apologize for the comment. And you’re right, we were unconvincing against Guadeloupe. But the fact of the matter is that we won. Yeah, they almost had that goal, but we almost had about 8. Like you, I haven’t been impressed with the USMNT of late, but give us Guadeloupe, Malta or Azerbaijan any day and I’d put money on a comfortable result. No, we’re not at the level of a team like Germany but we’re not mediocre. Would we sniff the Euros? Probably not this cycle. But we’re better than most give us credit for.

  28. Alex says:

    Agreed, it will be a good test for our players, even if we lose. Belgium is very good.

  29. Brit Byrd says:

    +1 and the WC qualifying game against Mexico should be moved there.

  30. John says:

    You make it sound like this will be a gimmee.

  31. Alex says:

    Anyone know if there are any other friendlies rumored to happen before this? Are there FIFA dates later on in the summer?

  32. Juan from L.A. says:

    I don’t care who goes as long as BB is not there anylonger with Bornstein!!!

  33. Cereal Box says:

    Alright, I’d agree with your statement fair enough. The issue surrounding this team is “stagnation” the team has looked dry and lifeless, Tim howard said it himself, and for the good of the senior men’s team, a change in scenery is needed to get out of the funk.

  34. Cereal Box says:

    he he, perhaps you’ll get that wish……..

  35. Alex says:

    Actually, games of more importance are given more weight in the rankings. WC counts for WAY more than regional tournaments. And I think regional tournaments are weighted against each other; winning Euro 2012 will be weighted more heavily than winning the Gold Cup. But it’s true, they’re still a joke.

  36. bodhi187 says:

    The US does not get ANY points for beating Guadaloupe. They are a political subdivision of France. They are not a recognized nation for FIFA purposes and have no FIFA ranking.

    And the Euro powerhouse get points for beating minnows like Andorra, the Faroe Islands and Malta. Speaking of points, what is yours?

  37. MicahK says:

    Daniel Williams Davies,and Adu. Also, will Holden be healed by then from his injury ?

  38. Alex says:

    You took the words right out of my mouth. Whenever I’ve discussed the men’s team in the past couple of days, I’ve used the word stagnation every time. We’re decent, but the problem is that we’re not progressing.

  39. Aaron in StL says:

    I’d say anyone over 30 needs to take a breather on this one. Time to start seeing what the young bucks have. If we’re not going to throw our future starters in on important matches, at least do it in friendlies.

  40. chris says:

    Haha good one cuz we all know jurgen did wonders with bayern munich and every else he’s been fired from

  41. Alex says:

    Where else has Jurgen been fired from?

  42. MuchFreddieAduAboutNothing says:

    I’m worried about right back. The Dolo era, unfortunately, is coming to an end. And let’s face it, we need some insurance in the event that Timmy Chandler is a no-show. I say cap Sheanon Williams, who has been nothing less than a revelation for Philly and quite arguably the best RB in the league right now. He also fits well with the wingback trend that we’ve been working with as he knows how to bomb forward and support the attack.

    Either way, I like the idea of putting forward a good second senior nucleus with a lot of youngsters mixed (no pun intended).

    Let’s say …

    Agudelo (Str)
    Adu (Fwd)
    Donovan (LW), Bedoya (RW)
    Stu Holden (CM), Edu (CM)
    Lichaj (LB), Goodson (CB), Ream (CB), Chandler (RB)
    Brad Guzan (GK)

    Subs: Sheanon Williams, Sacha Kljestan, Omar Gonzalez, Teal Bunbury, Michael Bradley, Mixx Diskerud, Nick Rimando

    Qualifiers: I’m trying to bring a very young group here. Dempsey not included because he could be fighting (once again) for a place at Fulham (or with another club); Altidore will be, presumably, finding his legs with another club as well. And no Bornstein because, frankly, it seems unfair to bring that much firepower to a friendly.

  43. Since 82 says:

    No, I don’t feel that way at all. I just won’t have my last point of reference be the Mexican game.

  44. Since 82 says:

    That would be epic.

  45. Colin says:

    ‘Twas a joke.

  46. Cereal Box says:

    Salgado how about “trying’ out a “few U-20 players.

  47. chris says:

    -1 get some real grass then you can lobby for a game

  48. chris says:

    Daniel williams really? Has played a match in months.

  49. Since 82 says:

    Did the games in the World Cup have real grass? We have real fans. Fans who show up. Fans that make noise. Fans that understand the game.

  50. bodhi187 says:

    The last time Guadaloupe played in the Gold Cup was 2007. They made it all the way to the semis, where they lost to Mexico. Guess what the score of that game was? Yep, 1-0 Mexico. We all know how good that Mexico team was, because it took a wonder strike from Benny Fielhaber to beat them 2-1 in the final. But, by your analysis, Mexico must suck as bad as we do because they barely beat Guadaloupe.

    I mostly stopped posting on this site because of morons spouting idiotic opinions like yours. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. What you are not entitled to is your own FACTS. Gain some perspective and check your facts before you make ignorant remarks.

  51. chris says:

    They will get time with the olimpics

  52. chris says:

    Alright didn’t know but wanted to make sure

  53. Cereal Box says:

    If I’m entitled to my own opinion then respect it, isn’t that what this country is “opposed” to stand for? I guess not, the reason I said what i did was for this instance is the fact we continously give up goals first, which nearly became the case and has happened in many other games as well. This has nothing to do with just that lone game but a series of them which I have been talking about, we lack the consistency and motivation to seize games even against lesser teams, we as a top team in CONCACAF should handle. If you don’t want to post here please leave, because we could use less arrogant douchebags like you, who think their geniuses.

  54. chris says:

    The german national team

  55. lprevolution says:

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    Exhausted and furious at his failure, Angulimala screamed at the Buddha to stop. In a quiet voice, the Buddha told his would-be attacker that he had already stopped—he had stopped killing and harming living beings, and now it was time for him, Angulimala, to do likewise.

    Angulimala was so struck by these words that there and then he threw away his weapons and became a disciple of the Buddha.

  56. 20 says:

    Keep an eye on Moussa Dembele, Dempsey’s teammate at Fulham.. he could definitely turn into a big star

  57. chris says:

    Wait what? Of course there was real grass. You play in a high school stadium with a high school size field. Ill take seattle over portland with their 45,000 fans to your 20,000 anyday

  58. Alex says:

    I don’t think he was fired, I think he stepped down. Splitting hairs, though. I don’t think Jurgen would be as successful as some other candidates either.

  59. Gerald says:

    it’s a Fifa date your logic for not bringing Dempsey is flawed. I see what you did there with Bornstein

  60. AcidBurn says:

    Bornstein is going to not only captain, he’s going to pick the players like a schoolyard scrimmage. Rogers, Johnson, and Gaven are already locks.

  61. nick says:

    I laughed hysterically at this.

  62. IMO says:

    Oh because Guadaloupe is made up from amateurs? Last time I check a lot of those dude play for league 1. This time around they just didn’t look like they were geling. Last 2007 gold cup they were a real threat.

  63. Carl says:

    Jurgen Klinsmann rebuilt the German national team into something beautiful. The system he put in place was successful both with experienced players (2006) and younger players (2010).

    It could not be more obvious that he’s the PERFECT candidate for this job. Someone that can take us to the next level tactically and technically. Bob helps us in neither category.

  64. Jason B says:

    I disagree strongly. Look at the qualifying groups. In any group, the US would be no worse than the third best team. I’d say we’d probably take second in a group and at least make it to the playoffs. Hell, we could even win Group G. That’s England’s group. We did it before.

  65. Matt says:

    At least Belgium has the balls to announce the game. Should be a very tough test for us. They also have Fellaini of Everton. I am 3/4ths Belgian on my mother’s side so this game should be interesting.

  66. chris says:

    You make no sense he didn’t do anything. He “resigned” in 2006 and wasn’t coaching during ’10. It was a competent german federation not the coach that turned germany around. GTFO you have no idea what you’re talking about and this is the problem with most us fans. You think any european coach can just step in and turn the us into a super power.

  67. pancholama says:

    Woudl like to see:
    Timmy Chandler
    Eric Lichaj
    Eddie Gavin
    Stuart Holden
    Mix Diskerud
    Panchito Torres
    Teal Bunbury
    Altidore
    Edu and Adu

  68. Alex says:

    Jogi Loew was a big part of implementing that system. Many even argue that he was the real driving force behind it, and Klinsmann was something of a figurehead. Here’s how I see it: Jurgi and Jogi together had a successful German team. Jurgi alone didn’t do anything of note with Bayern. Jogi continued the success of the Germans and took them to another level. So who’s really responsible for Germany’s success?

  69. TimN says:

    I’d rather talk about what head coach I’d like to see called up…but if I must talk about player call ups, some of the players I’d like to see would be:

    Freddie Adu
    Mix Diskerud
    Zak Whitbred
    Timothy Chandler
    Teal Burnbury
    Charlie Davies

    We need to start getting looks at some other options, and I’d like to see how fit Davies is for an international match.

  70. sushant says:

    This would be a good time to try out some players that didn’t get on the Gold Cup roster as well as give the young guys on the GC roster a run.

    They guy I want to see is Zak Whitbread. He’s a starting CB for Norwich City, which is being promoted into the EPL.

    I think the old standbys (anyone over 28) need to skip this one: Landon, Clint, TimmyH, Boca, ‘Dolo, J.Jones. They should take a break

    Let’s start with the young guys on the GC roster: Adu, Jozy (if he’s healthy), Bedoya, Agudelo, Lichaj, Goodson, Edu, MB, Sacha etc

    Then add the other ones that should be on it: Zak Whitbread (yes, I know he’s 27 now), Timmy Chandler, M.Diskerud, B.Guzan

    Maybe some of the MLS guys: Ream, O.Gonzalez, T.Bunbury

    We need to plan for the next WC cycle and this is as good a chance as any.

  71. Starla says:

    Fellaini, Lukaku, Hazard, Defour, Vertonghen, Vermaelen, Kompany, Van Buyten. Belgium has a good pool with a lot of young talent. Too bad they don’t deliver together, and might fail to qualify for several more euros or world cups.

  72. chris says:

    Why don’t we wait till whitebread starts for norwich in the epl before we starting crowning him the future

  73. Good Jeremy says:

    I like Jurgen, I’ll take him over Bradley, but people seem to forget that he underwhelmed at Bayern Munich and hasn’t done Toronto any favors since getting there.

    I’m hoping we can hire an assassin coach that jumps every four years just to take us through the transition from Boca, Gooch, Howard, Dempsey, and Donovan to being prepared for them to be replaced. Might be expensive, but look what Bora Milutonononononavich did for our squad compared to the coaches before and after him.

  74. Colin says:

    45,000 SOUNDERS fans, not 45,000 USMNT fans. Club attendance rarely translates to NT attendance.

  75. Good Jeremy says:

    It sounds like the young team they are bringing out may wipe the floor with our B or young team, but I’m OK with that. It shows us who can compete and who can’t.

  76. Good Jeremy says:

    I really like the roster, except Holden. Let him rehab with his club before playing him. Maybe bring in Dax McCarty, Feilhaber, Torres, or even Spector.

    I also hereby opine that Chris Party Boy Pontius be given a shot on the outside.

  77. eboe says:

    Chad Marshall is head and shoulders above Tim Ream… I have no idea why he is not seeing time, judging him on the 2009 GC appearance is deceiving because it was mostly a B- team, and I would love to see Chad rocking a CB position on the A team…

    Gaven is an option, but he turned down GC duty due to his new baby, I don’t see that changing by September…

    (Obviously I’m a Crew fan so treat my opinion accordingly lol)

  78. federico says:

    Sunil Gulati needs to step up and fork out the cash and bring in somebody like Carlo Ancelotti and call it a freaking day!

  79. Good Jeremy says:

    exactly.

  80. francois says:

    Get off of their jock man. You obviously haven’t been watching them in the Euro qualifiers. Yes, they have great potential and potential world-class talent, but they aren’t that great as a team right now.

  81. Gerald says:

    I don’t know about head and shoulders over Ream (expect he is 6’4″) but I’m surprised he hasn’t received more of a chance

  82. hogatroge says:

    +1 Pretty close to what I was thinking, but maybe Jose Torres should make an appearance too…see if he factors into the near future.

  83. hogatroge says:

    While I’m a big Whitbread fan, especially in FIFA 11 where he is pretty much unstoppable, he’s not really that young.

  84. hogatroge says:

    The Gold Cup is a 5 week commitment. One FIFA date won’t necessarily preclude Gaven from playing.

  85. Ron says:

    And with that imcompetent midget Gulati and Bunker Bob we’ll settle for a 1-1 tie with Luzembourg!

  86. GW says:

    Anyone who thinks German football was a moribund franchise in 2004 and that JK came down from heaven (Orange County?) and breathed life into it is doing more drugs than the Mexican team.

    Look over the players JK inherited from Rudi Voller and tell me the US have ever had a roster as loaded. It’s one thing to be supportive of Podolski and Klose. Quite another to be supportive of Altidore and Agudelo.

    There is plenty to suggest JK was nothing more than an articulate, charming frontman for the very talented Beirhoff and Loew.

    The fact that he has since been unable or unwilling to replicate some semblance of his success there should put everyone on notice.

  87. Nick says:

    Goodson is 29. Wouldnt put him in the young guys group. Not a ton of experience but not young

  88. Pd says:

    Ancelotti? Let me guess, you give a ferrari to a16 year old for his first car…

  89. Good Jeremy says:

    I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean.

    If it’s just about money though, we could easily make the money we need to pay him by staging one BIG friendly a year on home soil. I don’t think it’s that unreasonable.

  90. PD says:

    Or Slovenia….

  91. diddy says:

    I like how the commentators kept hyping up tim ream but for me he didn’t impress one bit he got burned against Spain, got burned against Panama and after that he was finished Tim Ream needs to go to Europe to get ready for international football. And as for a US coach if we don’t get klinnsman maybe we can get guus hiddink he is getting tired at turkey afterall. But looking back on gulati’s history i bet BB will most likely stay or he will name an mls coach as interim and name him head coach smh

  92. TimN says:

    I don’t think “young” is necessarily my criteria, although in theory youth is most desirable. The U.S. desperately needs depth and options on the back line. Look what happened in the GC final…one injury and the back line was decimated. Whitbred is 27, so he’d be 30 in the 2014 WC…totally acceptable as far as I’m concerned. However, we need to give him a look first to see if he’s up to the task.

  93. mr_coolio says:

    Forget to mention Torres.

  94. DingDong says:

    1. Give Gulati some credit for getting a good friendly arranged (for generally having success in this department recently).

    2. It’s odd that he said there would be announcement re: Bradley but there wasn’t.

    3. Maybe Gulati’s waiting to scoop Villas-Boas up once Abramovsky fires him.

  95. who cares says:

    Jogi didn’t take Germany to “another level”. They finished 3rd in ’06 and ’10. Jogi had 4 years in control and Klinsmann had 2.

    Klinsmann hired Jogi because he knew that he was a fantastic coach. Without Klinsmann Jogi never would have been brought on board.

    Klinsmann was 16-6-7 in the Bundesliga with Bayern. They were in 3rd when he was let go. They lost to Barcelona, who won that year, in the quarters of the Champions League.

    How is that a bad job?

  96. Da Crusher says:

    Screw both BB and Gulati.. both gotta go

  97. Jim In Atlanta says:

    4-3-3

    ——-Jozy———-

    Alex Zahvi/Gyau————–Bedoya/Juan

    —————–Adu—————–

    ———-Torres——Holden————

    Lichaj————————–Chandler

    ——–Ream—–Boss/Goodson/Gonzo——

    There we go, Job done:)

  98. Jim In Atlanta says:

    oh yeah,john and whitebread also.

  99. SBI Troll says:

    If we’re talking lineups, I wonder how this 4-3-1-2 would look:
    ——————Jozy——-Dempsey——————
    ——————————————————
    ————————–Adu————————-
    ——————————————————
    ———-Torres———————–Holden———
    ———————–Bradley————————
    ——————————————————
    Lichaj——Bocanegra———-Goodson——Cherundolo
    ——————————————————
    ————————Howard————————

    Maybe we’ll see some possession from this lineup.

    Bench: Donovan, Jones, Agudelo, Chandler, Edu, Bedoya, Guzan.

  100. John H. says:

    Eddie Gaven who?

  101. Chad Ochocinco says:

    Marshall? Child Please. At least Ream can pass the ball even though he gets beaten like a drum. Cincy > Columbus

  102. Neruda says:

    Jason Kreis is a potential USMNT coach of the future but hopefully not immediate future as a replacement for BB. Kreis still has a lot he wants to prove at club level. Is there any other more seasoned MLS coaches that would be more savvy than BB?

  103. Opus says:

    Oh that Galaxy jersey is quite sick…

  104. Creativity says:

    Klinsmann would be nice. Back to reality though. I hope to see the roster look something like this:

    Goaltenders: Howard and Guzan

    Defenders: Cherundolo (if back from injury), Lichaj, Chandler, Whitbread, Goodson, Boca, and Spector

    Midfielders: Holden (if back from injury), Mixx, Donovan, Adu, Dempsey, Edu, Jones, and Bradley

    Forwards: Altidore (if back from injury), Agudelo, Bunbury

    Lineup replacements or possible candidates including on the cusp players:

    Feilhaber
    Bedoya
    Gonzalez
    Grella
    Starikov
    Ream
    Klestjan
    Boss

    Starting Lineup

    ————Guzan————-
    Chandler-Whitbread-Boca-Lichaj
    ————Jones————-
    Donovan—–Holden—–Dempsey
    ————-Adu————–
    ———–Altidore———–

    *Could switch Adu and Donovan due to Donovan’s skill to find the right pass and Adu’s ability to play wide as he did against Mexico.

    Subs:
    Bradley for Jones
    Edu for Holden
    Mixx for Adu
    Agudelo/Bunbry for Altidore

  105. Creativity says:

    Also Davies as a possible replacement player. He may be able to dive and get us a penalty.

  106. Dennis says:

    Let’s see, Bradley had 62 players on a match-day squad in the last 12 months. I am not sure how that qualifies as a stagnant squad.
    Of course, many of those players were simply being evaluated to see how they would fit it with the team in a realistic setting (hardly month-long trials, but better than trying to compare players who play in a variety of leagues and countries at varius levels).
    This is a difficult stretch for any coach, new or old, as proven performers must be reevaluated as they age and young talent must be tested to see if it measures up. It is no small task to bring in new players who will inevitably replace the veterans and keep divisions from arising that have the potential of poisoning the team effort that is important for any success the us will have, while at the same time trying to get some results. (A US coach does not have the luxury of pulling a half-dozen stars from Champions League teams and trusting that their talent will pull them through.)
    As the recent Argentina-Bolivia game demonstrates, even the later star strategy can come up short.

  107. Alex says:

    I like the idea of bringing in some U20′s, but when was the last time Zahavi was around the program?

  108. diddy says:

    enough with these mls
    Coaches it’s time the usmnt gets a European coach.

  109. eric griesheimer says:

    awesome. We need to keep looking for players that can contribute to team. Sounds like a great opportunity to evaluate.

  110. Tainted Meat says:

    I’ll refrain from giving Gulati credit as he’s still in the negative for the timing of the Spain friendly…

    Also I’ll refrain from giving a man credit for voting for Sepp Blatter, despite obvious corruption, and failing to abstain entirely from the process in protest.

    Gulati is a joke.

  111. Jim In Atlanta says:

    Last year in the tourney in here in GA when he scored. He wasn’t able to get released from club for U20 qualification and they didn’t qualify, so he has been playing with Israeli national team but still wants the US.

  112. MicahK says:

    its called trying to cap tie him so he wants to play for usa

  113. No thanks at all to Grella. He was never impressive as a U18 or U20 player. He isn’t full international quality.

    Yev Starikov MAY be but he hasn’t shown any real hints of that yet. Was reportedly far from impressive in camp in January.

    Boss is only 19 and should not be with the full team at this point. I believe we will see him post-2014 WC. He has virtually no pro experience at all. You can’t throw him to the wolves in this kind of situation. Let him play, grow, and develop without the ridiculous expectations that we have piled on Juan Aguedelo.

  114. Creativity says:

    Yeh, I’m not sold on any of them. Grella hasn’t performed well for Leeds or his loan teams, but neither did Adu, just saying it’s an option, not that I would personally bring him in if I had the option.

    Starikov is the most likely of the forwards to possibly break in, even though he didn’t have a solid January camp. He is playing in Russia’s first division which has some solid squads so that is certainly beneficial for his growth (and he does actually play more than once a season).

    Boss is just the up and coming centerback, not necessarily to say he needs to be brought up yet, but he is one of the young rising stars of the US. I’m simply saying, sometimes the young guys may be able to help more than the veterans on some occasion due to their athletic ability. Another player I wouldn’t call in personally, but an option going forward.

  115. mikeyduece says:

    marouan fellani (probably spelled wrong) is one of my favorite players in EPL to watch. Go everton, should be a good match

  116. baller says:

    future of USMNT center backs are George John, Omar Gonzalaz, Ike Opara and MAYBE Tim Ream

  117. whydon'tmycommentspost! says:

    Young MLS USMNT Lineup:

    —–Agudelo–Sapong(he’s in better form than Bunbury)
    Shea-McCarty-Kitchen-Pontius
    Loyd-John-Gonzalez(Ream)-Franklin
    ———-Hamid————-

    Yes we don’t have the greatest youth development system in the world but I think this is actually a pretty solid group of young players developing in MLS. If we can get a few solid players from this group to our youngsters developing overseas I think we can have a solid team in 2014.

    (That does not however mean I’m giving the Get out of Jail Free card to Bradley, he should definitely go, and we should definitely continue revamping our youth development as well)

  118. short passes says:

    Great point “who” — The people who rip JK on the Bayern incident have never checked on the full story. JK wanted changes in the roster and he couldn’t get the board to support it. He also was trying to change Bayern’s style to be much more attacking oriented and the board wasn’t in agreement. After the disagreements resulted in JK’s departure, the board went out and spent 12 million euro on 6 new players. A month later they brought in Arjen Robin for a another chunk of change. JK may not walk on water but before bad mouthing his experience people should do some serious fact checking.

  119. short passes says:

    Do you even read any comments besides your own?? Maybe you should star –might learn something.

  120. Big Red says:

    How about George John and Brad Davis. John is way better than Ream or Gonzalez. Davis has been the best midfielder in MLS this year leading the league in assists. Oh wait, didn’t Bradley trade away Davis about 4 or 5 years ago so he could play another player ironically named Bradley.

  121. Brandon says:

    US needs Onyewu to start, that was obvious in the Gold Cup