Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Andrew Wooten (Reuters)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Kaiserslautern might have been officially relegated, but U.S. Under-23 men's national team forward Andrew Wooten helped the team achieve something it had not done in quite a while.

Wooten scored the winner in the club's 2-1 triumph over Hertha Berlin on Saturday, giving Kaiserslautern their first league victory since October (a span that stretched over 21 games). The goal was Wooten's first as a professional, and will help his case for more playing time as Kaiserslautern prepare for he 2. Bundesliga.

Two more experienced Americans also found the back of the net. DaMarcus Beasley scored his fourth goal of the Clausura season in Puebla's 3-2 loss to America, tying him with Luis Garcia for most on the team this campaign. Jozy Altidore continued his scoring ways, netting the winner in AZ Alkmaar's 2-1 win over VVV Venlo. The goal was Altidore's 19th of the year across all competitions and fifth in his last five games.

Not all the positive news that stemmed from this weekend came from the goal-scorers. Oguchi Onyewu returned to Sporting CP's lineup for the first time in exactly two months in the club's 3-2 win over Nacional de Madeira on Sunday. Onyewu went the distance in the match that saw him fully recovered from the right knee injury he suffered just before the U.S. men's national team's friendly versus Italy in February.

Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:

ENGLAND

Premiership

  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Everton's 4-4 draw vs. Manchester United on Sunday.

  • Marcus Hahnemann did not dress for Everton.
  • Clint Dempsey started, played 90 minutes and had an ASSIST in Fulham's 2-1 win vs. Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

 

  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Tottenham Hotspur's 1-0 loss vs. Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 0-0 draw vs. Sunderland on Saturday.
  • Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes for Aston Villa.
  • Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers's 1-1 draw with Swansea City on Saturday.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress Bolton Wanderers. He is recovering from a knee injury. 
  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Norwich City's 2-0 loss vs. Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
  • Adam Henley did not dress in Blackburn Rovers' 2-0 win vs. Norwich City on Saturday.

Championship

  • Jonathan Spector did not dress in Birmingham City's 1-1 draw vs. Brighton on Saturday. He is recovering from a thigh injury.

  • Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County's 2-1 win vs. Portsmouth on Saturday. He is recovering from a hamstring injury.
  • Robbie Findley came off the bench and played 49 minutes in Nottingham Forest's 2-1 loss vs. Hull City on Saturday.

League One

  • Frank Simek started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Carlisle United's 2-1 loss vs. Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
  • Anton Peterlin did not dress in Walsall's 4-2 loss vs. Exeter City on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella started, played 88 minutes and scored TWO GOALS in Bury's 4-2 win vs. Notts County on Saturday.

SCOTLAND

  • Maurice Edu started and played 90 minutes in Rangers' 3-0 win vs. Heart of MIdlothian on Saturday.
  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes for Rangers.
  • Alejandro Bedoya dressed but did not play for Rangers.
  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 3-0 win vs. Motherwell on Sunday.

ITALY

  • Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Chievo Vorona's 0-0 draw vs. Udinese on Saturday.

GERMANY

Bundesliga

  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 0-0 draw vs. SC Freiburg on Sunday.
  • Jermaine Jones started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Schalke 04's 1-1 draw vs. FC Augsburg on Sunday.
  • Timmy Chandler started and played 90 minutes in FC Nurnberg's 1-1 draw vs. Hamburg SV on Saturday.
  • Fabian Johnson started and played 90 minutes in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's 1-0 loss vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

  • Danny Williams dressed but did not play for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
  • Joe Gyau did not dress for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
  • Terrence Boyd did not dress in Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 win vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.
  • Alfredo Morales did not dress in Hertha Berlin's 2-1 loss vs. Kaiserslautern on Saturday.
  • David Yelldell did not dress in Bayer Leverkusen's 1-0 win vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday.
  • Andrew Wooten started, played 90 minutes before being subbed off and scored a GOAL in Kaiserslautern's 2-1 win vs. Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

 

2. BUNDESLIGA

  • Luis Robles did not dress in Karlsruher SC's 2-0 win vs. SC Paderborn 07 on Sunday.
  • Bobby Wood did not dress in TSV 1860 Munich's 4-1 win vs. FC Ingolstadt 04 on Saturday.
  • Matt Taylor came off the bench and played 25 minutes in SC Paderborn 07's 2-0 loss vs. Karlsruher SC on Sunday.
  • Villyan Bijev did not dress in Fortuna Dusseldorf's 2-1 win vs. FC Union Berlin on Sunday.

FRANCE

  • Quentin Westberg dressed but did not play in Evian Thonon Gaillard's 2-1 win vs. Toulouse on Saturday.
  • Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux's 6-1 loss vs. Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

NETHERLANDS

  • Jozy Altidore started, played 89 minutes and scored a GOAL in AZ Alkmaar's 2-1 win vs. VVV Venlo on Sunday.

PORTUGAL

  • Oguchi Onyewu started and played 90 minutes in Sporting CP's 3-2 win vs. Nacional de Madeira on Sunday.

RUSSIA

  • Eugene Starikov did not dress in Zenit St Petersburg's 2-2 draw vs. Kuban Krasnodar on Saturday.

BELGIUM

  • Sacha Kljestan started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in RSC Anderlecht's 1-0 win vs. Club Brugge in the Pro League playoffs on Sunday.
  • Mikkel Diskerud did not dress in KAA Gent's 4-1 win vs. KV Kortrijk in the Pro League playoffs on Saturday.

DENMARK

  • Michael Parkhurst did not dress in FC Nordsjaelland's 2-0 win vs. Aalborg BK on Saturday.
  • Clarence Goodson started and played 90 minutes in Brondby IF's 2-0 loss vs. FC Midtjylland on Sunday.
  • Conor O'Brien started and played 90 minutes in SonderjyskE's 2-1 win vs. HB Koge on Sunday.
  • Brad Rusin came off the bench and played 32 minutes in HB Koge's 2-1 loss vs. SonderjyskE on Sunday.

SWEDEN

  • Samuel Petrone did not dress in Mjallby AIF's 4-3 win vs. Djurgarden IF on Friday.

NORWAY

  • Josh Gatt and Molde FK play Lillestrom on Monday.
  • Steve Clark started and played 90 minutes in Honefoss BK's 3-1 win vs. Aalesund on Sunday.
  • Ricardo Clark started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Stabaek IF's 2-1 loss vs. Sandnes Ulf on Sunday.
  • Sean Cunningham started and played 90 minutes for Stabaek IF.

MEXICO

  • Jose Torres started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca's 1-1 draw vs. Monterrey on Saturday.
  • Herculez Gomez started and played 57 minutes in Santos Laguna's 3-0 win vs. Tigres UANL on Saturday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Puebla's 3-2 loss vs. America on Sunday.

 

  • Sonny Guadarrama did not dress in Atlante's 1-1 draw vs. Morelia on Friday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein did not dress in Tigres UANL's 3-0 loss vs. Santos Laguna on Saturday.
  • Adrian Ruelas did not dress in Jaguares de Chiapas' 3-0 win vs. Pumas UNAM on Sunday.
  • Michael Orozco Fiscal started and played 90 minutes in San Luis' 1-0 loss vs. Club Tijuana on Saturday.
  • Edgar Castillo started and played 64 minutes in Club Tijuana's 1-0 win vs. San Luis on Saturday.
  • Joe Corona started and played 90 minutes for Club Tijuana.
  • Greg Garza started and played 90 minutes for Club Tijuana.

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What do you think of these performances? Think Wooten will be a staple in Kaiserslautern's lineup next season? Whose goal impressed you more, Altidore's or Beasley's? Do you see Onyewu returning and performing well with the U.S. men's national team this summer? 

Share your thoughts below.

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98 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

  1. ben says:

    really cool to hear the AZ Fans singing “Born In The USA” after Jozy’s goal. Who could have thought a Haitian American would be introducing Amsterdamn to Springsteen. (Jokes)

  2. Good Jeremy says:

    Random thoughts-

    Wasn’t Hahnemann supposed to be in Seattle or Vancouver now?

    Why is Rico in Norway? Seems like a strange place to land mid-career.

    Good to see Chievo punch in above their weight.

    The Tijuana connection is pretty cool.

    Anyone know how well Ream is playing?

    Bedoya and a couple others are in over their heads, but I expect Guzan to start at a mid table club in a major league next year.

  3. Dan says:

    Terrifying foul that Dempsey suffered early in the highlights. Good lord.
    Also, terrific placement from Jozy on his goal.

  4. Frankie says:

    Roma is interested in altidore all over Italian media and u can see on americano google if u type jozy altidore Roma. Would be nice for toro he can help us

  5. TerkyJerky says:

    That goal by Jozy shouldn’t even count he was wide open and headed it into a wide open net. The U11 at my local parks can do that. What he should had done was scorpion kick off the top of the goal then bicycle it in then maybe we can give him a rating 5/10 for that goal.

  6. Dimidri says:

    GK-Howard, Guzan, Kennedy
    Backs-Dolo, Chandler, Lichaj, Johnson, Gooch, Boca, Whitbread, Goodson
    MF-Shea, Beasley, Donovan, Torres, Bradley, Jones, Edu, Dempsey, Kljestan
    ST-Altidore, Gomez, Boyd

    Kljestan, Boyd, and Whitbread are definitely the most questionable for various reasons.

  7. Dimidri says:

    Seems like American feelings on the German-Americans can be put in the following categories-
    1) Anybody who can play for us, sign them up.
    2) Whoever developed a player deserves them. We didn’t, we shouldn’t be allowed to use them.
    3) Gut-check-only playing for the US because can’t play for Germany, don’t really want them to play for us because they’re not American enough.
    4) Feel similar to 3, a bit uneasy, but have learned to accept it. Justify it by the proliferation of dual-nationals elsewhere.
    5) Consider them to be American, their dads risked their lives for the US. See things like Jermaine Jones saluting after his goal or Danny Williams being so excited to play for the US as evidence that, while they obviously consider themselves more German than American(as they should), that doesn’t preclude them from ALSO feeling American.

  8. Jamie Z. says:

    I know! I’m getting really sick of Jozy scoring totally lame goals. He’s so lame. What a lamewad. We should cap those U-11s you were talking about.

  9. Jamie Z. says:

    I’m somewhere in the 5 range. I love our Germericans, and as long as they wear the colors with pride, I welcome them with open arms.

  10. Colin says:

    At an Everton game (I am an Everton Fan and currently studying abroad in England) I talked to Hahnemann about going to the MLS. He said he wanted to go and thought he was going to. Apparently however, he was facing some difficulties with the allocation processes as a USA international and Seattle was not willing to force through a move. I still think he will move to MLS at the end of this year.

  11. Colin says:

    They have american fathers, want to play for our country and make us better. I like um.

  12. Joe from Philly says:

    The photo background…How long has Wooten been in prison?

  13. data from star trek says:

    Altidore should do 2 more seasons at AZ than head to France or Italy

  14. data from star trek says:

    whose got the odds on Dempsey heading to Arsenal? If not I definitely see him heading to a Spanish or Italian CL club

  15. orga says:

    So basically Luis Robles is going to be bouncing around 2 Bundesliga clubs. And David Yelldell is no3 or no4 GK at Bayer Leverkeusen. At least he soaking up the checks.

    so our upcoming GK’s are Sean Johnson, Bill Hamid and that McMath kid right? damn

  16. orga says:

    Sounds reasonable. He’s picking up a decent salary just riding the bench for Everton. Though had he stayed at WOLVES, he’d be starting for them, just before they get relegated.

  17. orga says:

    I often wonder that too. A player at a club in England may go on loan to a club in Greece or a player in Switzerland goes on loan to a club in the 2 Bundesliga. wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper to keep them in the same country? Maybe head to a lower division or smaller club?

  18. NE Matt says:

    There is also that David Bingham kid from San Jose who always gets called into camps, Cody Cropper who was in the League Championship in England, and of course Jurgen Klinsmann’s son

  19. hulkimania says:

    did you see how lazy he was camping out at the back post? i hope he never sees the field for the nats

  20. hulkimania says:

    like it. adu instead of boyd though since dempsey, shea, and donovan can all be used as forwards. kljestan and whitbread definitely deserve spots

  21. Rabid RBNY says:

    Podolski is headed there next season. With their current roster plus Dempsey and Podolski i worry how Dempsey would adapt to potentially coming on as a sub as opposed to always starting.

  22. pd says:

    Ditto for our Germexicanos and Gersilians and Geraitians and Gernaians…. This is a country of immigrants and expats. You go back far enough and everyone either flew floated drove or walked to get here .

  23. pd says:

    As much as SI want to see NATS at the big dance, Jozy should learn from his Villareal days and be patient. At 22 he’s got all the time in the world and there’s lots for him to learn playing another season exactly where he is.

  24. Mike in Missouri says:

    He should have totally ran into the middle of three defenders, brought the ball down on his chest, nutmegged 2, shouldered one out of the way and then backheeled it into the upper 90. THAT would have been a suitable goal. None of this find the open space and clinically finish stuff.

  25. mug says:

    Plus that lazy jog to the corner flag to celebrate. Really disappointing.

  26. David says:

    From what I have seen Ream has looked pretty good except the Newcastle game where his lack of speed was really exposed. Otherwise he hasn’t looked out of place in the Prem so far.

  27. 2tone says:

    His lack of Speed? I really question fans knowledge about players sometimes. Ream is the fastest player on Boltons squad. Owen Coyle stated that Ream had the fastest times on the team. He has good speed. He was at fault for one goal wher he was muscled off of the ball.

  28. Alex says:

    I’m not sure Whitbread is worth it at this point. Is he ever healthy?

  29. 2tone says:

    My 23 man roster for the May camp.
    GK: Howard, ?, ?
    Defense: Chandler, Dolo, F.Johnson, Lichaj, Goodson, Gooch, Boca, Ream
    Middies: Donovan, Shea, Beasley, Jones, Edu, Bradley, Torres
    FWDS: Dempsey, Altidore, Gomez, Pontius, Wooten
    Pontius can also play at RW as well. He is faster and more technical on the ball compared to Wondo. Pontius plays a lot like Deuce, but is faster. Therefore Pontius gets the nod over Wondo. And Wooten deserves a call-up over Boyd in my opinion. I like Boyd, but there is no need to rush him to the National team at the moment. Who would have thought that Goalie is turning into a no quality depth position for the USMNT. Sad to see really.

    Oh and Tony Taylor scored for Estoril this weekend as well. Estoril looks like they are going to clinch a promotion spot to Portugals top flight next season. So Taylor will be scoring goals in Liga Portugal next season.

  30. MicahK says:

    And this is why sarcasm on the internet is not my forte.

  31. MicahK says:

    What is going on with Whitbread ?Why is he not playing ? I know he is injury prone a lot, but I am curious on what is going on with him.

  32. ben in el cajon says:

    Thanks everyone. I love the lazy out-the-door meme. Oh, and I’d like to point out that Chievo would have won all those 0-0 draws against top Italian teams if Bradley weren’t so lazy on defense.

  33. Glad to hear that Gooch is starting again. And is it me? Maybe Bornstein should have stayed at Chivas.

  34. Dainja says:

    Wow, although Beaz and Jozy are gonna get all the press in this list, the two things that jump out to me are both at left back: Cunningham AND Garza both going ninety for their teams! That may be the first time for reach….and who said we had depth problems at left back??? (I kidddddd)

  35. Vic says:

    Lichaj is really impressing me. I think Klinnsmann should integrate him more. If in the future our outside backs are Chandler and Fabian Johnson, I would like to see Lichaj be given a chance at central defense. If he could play either outside back position he maybe able to play centrally. He’s too good to leave out. Boca and Cherundolo probably will be to old for 2014. As a pure defender I rank Lichaj better than Ream and Goodson.

  36. ec says:

    Great to see Beasley happy and scoring goals. The fact that the USMNT hasn’t been able to find a replacement for him on the wing has kept the program back. We were just better when opponents had to worry about our lightening-fast counters.

  37. soccerroo says:

    I was wondering the same thing. I thought it might be he got benched after a bad game a couple of weeks ago but have not found anything on it. Seems odd that he would go from starter to not making the gameday roster with out some kind of injury news.

  38. 2tone says:

    Except Cunningham has been playing LCB not LB. Actually his perferred positiion is LCB. And Garza is horribly slow for a LB.

  39. JohnC says:

    maybe that is what Coyle said but Ream was known for just average speed in MLS and his biggest critique before the MLS draft was that he lacked the speed to play LB so maybe you should question your own knowledge.

  40. happyjuggler0 says:

    +1

  41. fischy says:

    Doesn’t seem too likely. I think Seattle likes Gspurning. They didn’t want to make a trade to get Marcus. I’d be surprised if that’s changed. Vancouver must be pleased with Cannon, and they’ve got a star kid coming up.. I guess it’s possible that Portland would prefer him to Perkins. Either that or he’s going to have to be more flexible about where he’d play.

  42. fischy says:

    Terrifying? Really? Watch it again. Demps leaves his foot in there to draw the foul.

  43. fischy says:

    2 seasons at AZ would be better than heading to Italy or France, where he might not play, so that would be better THAN heading to France or Italy.

  44. Amru says:

    I really don’t think a couple of good games merits a call up for pontius. If he keeps it up though I could see him getting a call up in August

  45. fischy says:

    And, any number of other ‘keepers. Some in MLS: Kennedy young enough to be on this list. Also, Pina (Houston), Lampson (Crew) and Kempin (SKC). Outside MLS: Samir Badr and Steve Clark, who is rapidly becoming top ‘keeper in Norway. In college. Akron’s Meves, the Terps (and NYRB’s) Cardona, among others. Really young: Some good ‘keepers in Bradenton. The Klinsmann kid isn’t the only good youth ‘keeper, not even the only good youth legacy player, as Mike Amman’s kid is looking good in Virginia.

  46. fischy says:

    My money is on Fernando PIna to be the best of the lot.

  47. Air Jordanz says:

    While I agree that his post-injury highlights don’t comprise a big enough sample size yet, Pontius has been called into USMNT camp before.

  48. Air Jordanz says:

    Maybe Josh Gatt can be the heir in a few years.

    Also, let’s hope Brek regains some form.

  49. Dan in New York says:

    Not sure which MLS you were watching but Ream had great speed with the Red Bulls. Witness this goal saving run vs. the LA Galaxy: link to youtube.com

    (SBI-Ream is hardly slow but saying he has “great speed” is also a bit of a stretch.)

  50. bryan says:

    Lichaj just got back from injury. so JK hasn’t even had the chance to integrate him…

  51. Lost in Space says:

    I’d take Wooten over Gomez. He’s got greater potential and is getting minutes in a better league. Would like to see some of you younger players brought in during these easier rounds of qualifications to see if they’ve got what it takes to contribute going forward.
    Whitbread deserves a shot, but the question continues to be if he can remain healthy enough to contribute. I’d take a flyer on the CB position and bring Seb Hines in for a look see…if we show some interest we could get him to file a switch. Ream has also deserved a call in.
    In the midfield I’d drop Beasley or Kljestan for Danny Williams…and would have Gyau, Corona, and possibly Adu as potential replacements for the other.

  52. Lost in Space says:

    Shea & Gyau will be fighting for the Left Wing slot by 2014. Both have speed and skill, they just need some more experience.
    Josh Gatt will be the heir to Donovan’s Right Wing spot. Corona could be the potential backup.

  53. Bid_You_Adu says:

    Do you just copy/paste the Jermaine Jones info from the previous round-up every time so you don’t have to exert the energy typing the same thing over and over again?

    The only time where he hasn’t received a yellow is when he was suspended or is sitting a game for too many yellows.

    Someone needs to make a big deal when he’s finally able to go through a game without getting carded.

  54. vinceN says:

    Bornstein can’t even see time for NASL teams let alone make it back to the MLS

  55. vInce says:

    that’s what i was thinking…I wonder what the odds are that JJ gets a yellow every game…you would probably have to bet $100 to win $1 if he gets a yellow card and the odds would be vice versa if he didn’t…but he’s pretty much guaranteed a card per game…

  56. Brett says:

    It’s not his speed that’s slow, it’s his reaction time. A lot of players in MLS have this problem.

  57. caz2070@windstream.net says:

    Hello from Cazenovia Colin

  58. Whitecaps says:

    Funny, because there was a time when you would have thought we were set for years at left mid 5-7 years ago:
    - Beasley (looked dangerous in WC)
    - Convey (magical season in Reading’s promotion year)
    - Lewis (in form enough to play in England)
    - Justin Mapp (looked promising early on, never delivered)

    And then, it ran dry in a hurry.

  59. GW says:

    Rather than wondering whether 2tone is ignorant or stupid, my view would be it is probably more the case that defenders who are not playing well seem slow while the ones who are in form seem fast.

    In soccer it is rarely the case that a Theo Walcott for example, lines up right next to Tim Ream and then they both wait for the starter’s gun before sprinting to get to a certain point. In that case my money would be on Walcott every time.

    I have not seen a lot of Ream this year but when a defender is going well he is reading the game well, anticipating well and positioning himself well enough so that he can deal with any situation including a speedy attacker.

    I believe it was Cruyff who said the faster player is the one who starts running first.

  60. GW says:

    “And Wooten deserves a call-up over Boyd in my opinion. I like Boyd, but there is no need to rush him to the National team at the moment”

    You don’t want to rush Boyd into the national team but don’t mind doing that with Wooten?

    Explain?

  61. GW says:

    I don’t think Vic cares about that.

    After all he has already rated Lichaj a better defender than Ream and Goodson,players who are very different from Lichaj,based on very little evidence.

  62. GW says:

    Goalkeeper and center back were thought to be postions of great depth before the 2010 World Cup. Look at them now.

  63. GW says:

    Goals in soccer are a pass/fail option. They are either good or not.

    Placement is irrelevant.

    There are no points for style.

  64. GW says:

    It is an either or situation.

    Either you are eligble to play for the US or you are not.

    The only way you can play for the US is if you have a passport.

    Having a US passport means you are an American, regardless of race, color creed, etc. and most of all regardless of what anyone else thinks.

    After that the only question is, does the manger thank they are good enough?

  65. PD says:

    I am so happy and this is why:

    ———–Altidore————
    –Beasely—Dempsey—Donovan
    ——–Bradley—-Jones——-
    Chandler–GOOCH—Boca–’dolo
    ————Howard———-

    subs: Gomez, Shea, Gyau, Adu, Edu, Torres, Johnson, Lichaj, Goodson, Rimando

    everyone on this list is healthy and in decent form.

  66. abc says:

    +1

    Greg Garza will never play a meaningful game for the full US national team.

  67. abc says:

    Lichaj is able to play RB and LB at a high level… so move him? You are nuts.
    If we have two other guys, one can always back up the others. Not to mention that both Chandler and Johnson can play as wingers, if need be. But even if they couldn’t, having three quality players at two positions isn’t reason to move one of them to a new position where they are completely untested, that is totally laughable.

  68. abc says:

    Gyau looks REALLY out of place on that list.

    Also Fabian Johnson is too good to be sitting on the bench for us, I’ll take him over Beasley.

    And we probably need more than three CBs (Ream or Cameron).

  69. cj good says:

    I think you have to start integrating youth into that lineup. In two years gooch, dolo, and Bofa will be well into the wrong side of 30. Age cwan catch up to a pro athlete quickly. I think you have to start using Lichaj at LB, integrate Cameron and Ream and Williams into those slots. Chandler would be much more productive at rb, and Johnson at the lw positionl. I personally think how Bradley was using Donovan durring the gold cup maybe better suited for LD. Coming off the bench is a great weapon and really tough for a tired defender to keep up with.

  70. orga says:

    Altidore
    ? Dempsey Donovan
    Bradley Jones/Edu
    Chandler Gooch/Goodson Boca Cherundolo/Lichaj

  71. tom says:

    He actually only gets a yellow card in 2/3rds of his games. I’m not sure when those 3rd games are played though, because it sure as hell seems like every game.

  72. Vic says:

    Last year when Lichaj was healthy he wasn’t even called up. Granted now he’s getting more playing time so he may get called up. I’m not saying move him permanently. Fabian Johnson has played midfield and left back for us. Bocanegra has played central def and left back. It depends on the need and who’s healthy at the time. We have a shortage of young defenders that can play at the highest level.

  73. Jim Morrison says:

    Glad you are happy PD. That back 4 will be very old in 2014 and will get shreaded against any decent team.

  74. Richard says:

    Placement is irrelevant? Do you realize that without placement like that there would be no goal?

  75. Jim Morrison says:

    In 2014, Boca and Cherundolo will both be 34, Gooch, Donovan, Beasley 32

  76. Der Kaiser says:

    Dempsey would be best served by filling Raul’s shoes at Schalke and starting, plus playing in the CL. His attitude and play is the perfect fit in the Schalke system with Huntelaar.

  77. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Come on Jozy – 3 games, 3 braces, finish at 25!

  78. Der Kaiser says:

    Agree. He will get CL time next season with AZ and bench time in Italy.

  79. Call Up Lichaj says:

    I would argue that Johnson and Chandler are both better as wingers. I hope at some point we’ll see those two guys as wingers; Lichaj at LB; Dolo at RB; and Donovan moved into a forward pairing with Jozy in order to make room for Chandler on the wing.

    I would argue that Lichaj looked better at LB than Chandler has. We’ve only seen Johnson there once, so I don’t know why people have anointed him as the answer at that position. Hope Lichaj gets a shot.

  80. Call Up Lichaj says:

    I heard Ream has been playing CDM for Bolton so far. Is that true? (Hope not.)

  81. beachbum says:

    Brad Guzan

    visible career about to take flight

  82. beachbum says:

    that’s the black and white of it in a gray world

  83. CroCajun says:

    That’s exactly what I thought reading it GW. This needs further explanation.

  84. CroCajun says:

    Guys, 2014 is 2 years away. It’s not up to JK to develop players. Players are developed at their club teams. JK has to do the best with the cards he’s dealt.

    News flash: All the players in our pool will be 30 years old one day. Does that mean we should start playing 12 year olds in preparation for the 20** cup? No. We need to put the best we got on the field to qualify. If better players emerge in 2 years or if current players decline we’ll deal with it then.

  85. 2tone says:

    It’s not that hard to follow. Boyd is playing strictly in Regionalliga. Wooten has been playing strictly in the Bundesliga for the past month. In my opinion he is more ready for a call-up. It’s not rushing a player when they are already playing first team ball in a top flight league. it’s rushing someone when they are not i.e. Boyd. Not unless you think Wondo should get the call-up over Wooten?
    Boyd still needs firs team experience. No need to rush Boyd in when Altidore, Dempsey, Gomez, Wooten, Pontius, Wondo are all already playing at a higher level. Benn explained.

  86. abc says:

    No, he only did that once, vs Man City, and Bolton got destroyed (as expected vs City).

  87. 2tone says:

    Why displace F.Johnson from LB? Ther is no need to play Chandler out of position. If Dolo stays in at RB then move Chandler up to RW adn move Donovan over to LW. Play F.Johson as a LWB.

  88. CroCajun says:

    I understand your explanation, but I don’t understand your logic.

    It’s hard to say Wooten is already playing topflight football. He has just began getting minutes for a bottom feeder doomed for relegation. I don’t see him ahead of Boyd at all. If anything, given Boyd’s previous USMNT experience at both the senior and U-23 level, I’d put Boyd ahead of Wooten at this point.

    However, we are at this point pretty much arguing over semantics so I’ll let it go.

    I don’t think either Wooten or Boyd will be making major contributions any time soon with guys like Deuce, Jozy, LD, and Herc available ahead of them.

    Wooten and Boyd are promising, but they are the same age as Jozy and aren’t nearly as polished or seasoned at this point.

  89. weaksauce says:

    Jones and bradley dont pair up well. It has to be one

    Jones > bradley

  90. OC says:

    If 2 Dempsey feet can fill ONE Raul shoe, I will be satisfied with US soccer’s progression for the rest of my life.

  91. GW says:

    Placement is irrelevant.

    If it is a goal, then where the ball was relative to a defender or a post is irrelevant.

  92. Brian says:

    ^ This!

    Wouldn’t that be a sexy starting XI? Dolo at RB, Lichaj at LB, Johnson at LW, Chandler at RW, Bradley at CM/DM, Donovan up top with Jozy, and Dempsey sitting right behind them.

  93. Colin says:

    Yeah, why try to ever compare upper 90 blasts with efforts the keeper lets go through him, those are exactly the sa… you’re and idiot.

  94. Vic says:

    I actually agree with that if I were picking the line-up, however, I don’t see Klinnsmmann doing that. I’m guessing Lichaj won’t start thats why I’m suggesting trying him centrally.

  95. Dinho says:

    2tone, I think the statements from Coyle was relating to his fastest times in fitness tests…. in other words, he is the fittest on the team, not the fastest.

  96. GW says:

    Dinho,

    Sorry but you have that wrong:

    “Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle was pleased with Tim Ream’s debut for their FA Cup win at Millwall….”Tim never looked out of place,” he told the Bolton News. “He looked quick and composed on the ball.

    “He won his headers against (Darius) Henderson who is powerful and strong and a handful for most of them.

    “We know Tim has pace to burn so no one was going to outrun him.”

    In England when they say he has “pace to burn”, well it means Coyle thinks Ream is fast.

  97. GW says:

    Oh, please.

    You think Dempsey cares that Green butchered his shot? Do you think it matters? Are you willing to forfeit the game to England to prove it does?

    As Cobi Jones says,they don’t ask how, they only ask how many.