Johnson’s flu adds to mounting USMNT woes

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Add Fabian Johnson to the list of players who could be sidelined for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Johnson is currently suffering from a flu infection and is expected to miss out on Friday’s trip to Antigua & Barbuda, according to German outlet Kicker. Johnson’s status for next Tuesday’s home game at Livestrong Sporting Park against Guatemala is also in question because of the flu.

The report makes it seem as if Johnson is not currently training with the U.S. in Miami, stating that he could join them this weekend if he recovers from the flu. U.S. Soccer did not respond to the validity of that in an immediate inquiry.

If Johnson is out, he would join Landon Donovan and Brek Shea as players called into this camp that will be unavailable for the final two games of this round of qualifying. It would also leave head coach Jurgen Klinsmann with one less option to deploy out wide, which might force him to call in some replacements.

Jermaine Jones has also arrived in camp carrying an injury.

What do you make of this development? Is it time for Klinsmann to summon some replacements? Who would you like to see Klinsmann turn to if Johnson can’t play?

Share your thoughts below.

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148 Responses to Johnson’s flu adds to mounting USMNT woes

  1. Liga says:

    Just heard that Castillo injured himself too.

    I was joking earlier about voodoo, but this is insane. Brad Evans and Pontius maybe?

  2. Nicholas says:

    Get Lijac on the f-ing plane. This is ridamndiculous.

  3. AC says:

    conspiracy…lol

  4. RLW2020 says:

    “Is it time for Klinsmann to summon some replacements?” — I would think so! are there even 18 healthy players on the entire squad?

  5. Drew says:

    I’m not the spelling police but Lijac? Really?

  6. Drew says:

    having said that, call lichaj in. he’s a definite starter in my book if johnson is out.

  7. Alex says:

    Brad Guzan is left footed..just saying…

  8. pd says:

    The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but SOCCER tries the hearts or men…

    You know we beat Mexico in Mexico with a side that was relatively untested. We may look back on this weekend as a crucible from which we find some really valuable players.

    That said, it’s time to call in Beasely, Pontius, Lichaj.

  9. Swift says:

    Its time to stop playing games coach, we need to qualify and Guatemala is going to really come after us. Time to call some deployments

  10. Liga says:

    Reports are that Beasley is injured too.

  11. Bob Bradley says:

    Pontius!

  12. dcm says:

    Hah, finally, Klinsmann’s ego will have to step aside, and he will have to call in some players.

  13. Liga says:

    What games is he playing?

    None of the injuries are forwards.

  14. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    Should have called in Lichaj…

  15. biff says:

    Would be nice to get a comment from Klinsmann or a US Soccer spokesperson to confirm the Kicker story. Did SBI try? In any case, I find it disturbing that we as USMNT fans have to learn this from a German sports publication. Why did Klinsmann or US Soccer not announce this already (assuming that the Kicker story is accurate)?

    I am becoming more and more baffled as the week progresses. First we have Klinsmann calling Donovan and Shea even though they were injured and then sending them home and now this bombshell. Fabian Johnson, in my mind, is one of the most important members of the team. And on another thread bryan says he has seen reports that Castillo got a knock in training. And all we have is silence from US Soccer, which in previous camps was spitting our several press releases and video reports a day.

    It just all seems so bizarre and makes me very uneasy about what is happening and wondering if this is some sort of calm before the storm. Klinsmann better get off his a** and get his fricking act together and call in some back ups gosh darn it go to heck before we get additional injuries and/or yellow card suspensions which we know can happen with Concacaf refs in the wink of any eye.

  16. Cojosurfer says:

    Lichaj just makes 40 yard passes into a 50/50 ball. Overrated and not a fan of his game. Not much a fan of the english game anyway. I think it is way too fast and takes away from technique and tactics…

  17. Dave says:

    Of course, any person with any degree of sanity would call Lichaj in…oh wait…uhoh…

  18. Liga says:

    We already know that Shea flew in to see the USMNT doctors and that Donovan was apparently not forthcoming about the severity of his injury. He chose to skip the MRI and told the USMNT that he felt better.

    I fail to see how that’s Klinsmann’s fault.

    There’s also a chance all the reports are bogus.

  19. bryan says:

    this is ridiculous because apparently Castillo injured himself today. what is the deal with USSF acting like this is the CIA?! refusing to answer a simple question. come on already.

    at this point, JK absolutely needs to call in back ups. we need a fullback (Lichaj, Chandler, or even Spector would do). and we need 1-2 wingers. if Beasley is also injured, that leaves Gatt and Pontius.

    this is just absolutely ridiculous though.

  20. eRic gheimer says:

    this is why you should call lichej in. Geez.

  21. Ben says:

    Well, now he has to call in a couple more players, no?

  22. Ed says:

    I haven’t seen this many misfortunes since the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team…

  23. eRic gheimer says:

    they could play boca at left back with cameron and goodson in the middle. Not alot of speed but it could get the job done in Antigua.

  24. biff says:

    And to add to this, I just read an excellent article on Klinsmann’s woes and the writer noted that Klinsmann felt the right thing to do on Monday was to call in an injured Shea with three goals and two assists all season, but he ignores Pontius (12 goals, four assists), Houston Dynamo’s Brad Davis (seven goals, 12 assists) and Wondo who can play wide.

  25. Cojosurfer says:

    I believe Klinnsman is under incredible pressure. Knowing his background he should come through. The big question is whether the team can come through. If Donovan and Shea are back at there teams and JK DID NOT call in any players to backup the players on the roster right now I would be very disappointed. “we will make do with what we have” is very arrogant.

  26. Cojosurfer says:

    I saw enough of his games and definitely not on his bandwagon.

  27. biff says:

    bryan, can you please provide a link on Castillo. and i agree, the lack of information is bad. what is going on?

  28. bryan says:

    this is what annoys me. the secrecy behind USSF and the USMNT. this is not the Fing CIA. i’m not asking for every dirty detail about stuff behind the scenes, but i feel like fans should know if the STARTING LB for us is SICK and can’t play. these aren’t just friendlies.

  29. Chris H says:

    Last time we saw Lichaj in the red, white, and blue he was playing left back for us in the Gold Cup, and at that point he looked like the long awaited answer we were looking for. Fabian Johnson is no doubt better, but Lichaj’s shifts were energetic and he provided the same type of width that Johnson does going forward with good link-up play, marauding runs, and very few 40 yard passes into a 50/50 ball. Besides, if both Castillo and Johnson are out, who else do you say we bring in?

  30. bryan says:

    currently looking for the link. another blog (which will go unmentioned) had one of their mods post something about Castillo picking up a knock.

    i have not been able to confirm anything. that’s why in that other thread i asked SBI if this was at all true. hopefully not…

  31. AcidBurn says:

    Maybe JK should have been studying the injury report instead of showing his tactical genius by calling up EJ and Gordon.

    Or maybe JK is going to “Juan Carlos Osorio” us and start Gordon at left back because “he’s tall and Antigua has a lot of tall players.”

  32. Deli122 says:

    Are you blind? Can you just not read? It says in the story us soccer did not respond to them when they asked to confirm or deny if this was true.

  33. Sad Ronaldo says:

    What does Klinsmann’s ego have to do with calling in players?

  34. Chris H says:

    We needed Johnson’s width going forward against A&B. Boca is an answer there if there are no other options at all, but he offers absolutely nothing there offensively in my opinion.

  35. bryan says:

    i’m thinking this is the plan to be honest. we might just be now finding out, but the coaching staff would have known. my guess is they planned to play Boca at LB if needed. but Castillo might still get the nod assuming the rumor he picked up a knock today turns out to be false. either way, one has to assume Boca has always been the emergency option at LB.

  36. Jon says:

    That’s what I assume will happen. Not ideal, but FFS, what else can we do?

  37. biff says:

    Wait a second, benny boy, you were the one yesterday saying no reason to call in extra players after donovan and shea pulled saying Klinsi has it all under control while some of us worrying about Murphy’s Law thought better safe than sorry and call in today Klinsi rather than wait until the next disaster. Game in in two frickin days.

  38. Primoone says:

    Fabian has the flu, LD is injured, Josi and brek are lippy primadonnas, and the budget has not been balanced yet?….FIRE KLINNSMAN!!!

  39. biff says:

    SBI won’t mind if you put up the link or mention the name just real fast ;-)

    I did a search and could not find anything.

  40. Rik says:

    The report says Johnson never made it to Miami? Didn’t U.S soccer just post a picture where he’s suited up and sitting with the rest of the team?

  41. Bryson says:

    Lichaj is our future RB. But he should EASILY be our first sub right now for either RB or LB.

  42. cj says:

    It would be so hilarious if the call is made to Chandler and he answers lol (sarcasm)

  43. Liga says:

    That was Geoff Cameron, not Johnson.

  44. bryan says:

    that was Cameron. half sleeve instead of full sleeve.

  45. Chris H says:

    “Of course, the news looks a little worse knowing that Edgar Castillo, the only other natural left-sided defender on the roster, has aggravated a foot injury in training. Nobody knows the extent of the damage, but he’s being evaluated.”

  46. bizzy says:

    Call in Pontius, Adu and Lichaj, and all will be saved

    *Pontius for Shea
    *Lichaj for Johnson
    *Adu for Donovan
    *Brad Davis(LM,LCM..three double-digit assist seasons in the last five years) for Beckerman (we have Williams Bradley and Jones)……..oh wait becks is not hurt or doesn’t have the flu (Damn)

  47. bizzy says:

    +1
    I can’t stop laughing….

  48. chris says:

    Guess you didnt see he was our best outside back in the Gold Cup

  49. Mike says:

    Howard
    Dolo Cameron Goodson Boca
    Zusi Jones Bradley Dempsey
    Gomez Johnson

  50. Dimidri says:

    This.

    If club form doesn’t matter that much (as the Jozy thing seems to have proved) then why not remember how well Lichaj played the last time he was with the nats at the Gold Cup-he shouldn’t be a starter, but a dude who can play both LB and RB, has a long throw in that is dangerous, and looked great the lat time he was with the nats should make the 24. Period.

  51. Steve says:

    Hmmm….I don’t see how we are not going to get at least one random starter in these matches….

    ————–Gomez————-
    –Dempsey—————–Zusi–
    ——-Bradley—–Williams—–
    ————Beckerman———–
    Boca—Cameron—-Goodson—Dolo
    ————Howard————–

  52. biff says:

    Thanks for that.

  53. Ne-Dub says:

    Then who do you put in? You can critique a players game all day long, but without a solution your words are nothing.

  54. Felix says:

    I think his hand is being forced here. He’s going to have to call some replacements in.
    Then again, he’s in love with defensive midfielders, and outside of Jones, he has them all available.
    So he can start his superbucket formation and then blame the forwards if they don’t score any goals.

  55. Bob Bradley says:

    This looks like a job for Johnny Bornstein.

  56. Dimidri says:

    Mexico could have their entire team stranded in Aruba for these next two games and it wouldn’t matter…Wish we would have scored more than .66 goals per game in our last 3 games….66.

  57. Elliot says:

    Howard
    Dolo Cameron Boca
    Zusi Edu Bradley Williams Jones Beckerman
    Dempsey

    aaaaand BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE
    If we play enough center mids, there will be no space for outside mids, thus no need for them.

    Seriously though, why is this a big deal? Just call in Lichaj and problem solved.

  58. Ne-Dub says:

    Call in Justin Morrow! This is a perfect match to get his chance with the nats. He will probably never be the 1st choice LB but could be a decent 2nd or 3rd option.

  59. Ben says:

    yeah after Donovan and Shea, now with Castillo and Johnson, I’m worried. The point is that the midfield I’m ok with, but the leftside defenders, not so much. Did you want him to call in replacements for the midfield or the leftbacks? Because they are two different positions, biffy boy.

  60. Chris H says:

    LOL, we’ll call it the superbucket

  61. biff says:

    ha-ha. that was an lol, BB. Good one.

  62. biff says:

    In the story I noted above, the writer said that under Bradely we averaged 1.68 goals per game and under Klinsmann thus far we are at 1.17 goals.

  63. Da Trufth says:

    Freddy Adu + Eric Lichaj + Chris Pontius

  64. biff says:

    Here is a link to it. real nice piece.

    link to aol.sportingnews.com

  65. pd says:

    This is great for AB, insert Jones for Dred against Guatelama.

    BUT I’m very concerned about the lack of wheels we’ll have with Boca on the flank. He’s at his best at the center of the defense… might even try Parkhurst at LB if we’re not calling anyone else in.

  66. GD10 says:

    According to jk anyone can play left back

  67. biff says:

    ha-ha. definitely one of the best SBI posts ever…ha-ha

  68. Raymon says:

    Someone call Eric Wynalda, Cobi Jones, and Alexi Lalas and ask them to suit up!

  69. Darwin says:

    Will we see Boca there?

  70. vik says:

    haha. I wonder if he’ll slot Edu next to Cameron and have Boca switch to leftback. Not ideal, but besides Lichaj, I’m not sure if anyone (who’s in good form) has had to play LB for the usmnt in a meaningful game before.

    I kind of feel like any of the better MLS defenders should be able to handle Antigua Barbuda. Not ideal for your first cap, but would someone like Morrow really be that terrible? Even just on the bench for depth?

  71. THomas says:

    Come on…the flu? How many athletes have had some of their most legendary performances while sick, specifically with the flu? He can play, and will play.

  72. Hogatroge says:

    Wow… mounting injuries. Good thing this isn’t the hex!

    The answer seems simple:

    Bring in the Lichaj and Beitashour to evaluate at LB and see who looks more likely to perform well under pressure. Lichaj’s played for the team before, and Beitashour was in the last camp. I realize Beitashour isn’t a left footer, but neither is Lichaj.

    Bring in Pontius for Donovan/Shea. He would have a much shorter flight than Gatt (the only other player who’s as deserving at that position). Plus, he’s been in a USMNT camp before (albeit as a sub).

    Worst case scenario, Bocanegra goes out left and Cameron/Edu or Cameron/Goodson partner at CB.

  73. THomas says:

    That’s actually a very good option because it allows Boca to still help organize the back line.

  74. elmatador says:

    the point everyone is missing, is that the game is approx 48hours away…with departure to A&B tomorrow. If he hasn’t called in any replacements by now, he will just not call in anyone, especially from Europe.(At least not for the first game anyway) Jet Lag is a huge issue by now.

  75. PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo says:

    could be Bogus…that is Johnson on the right in a photo posted by US Soccer 6 hours ago.
    link to twitter.yfrog.com

  76. bizzy says:

    +1
    That could be an option for Klinsmann. He did a good job vs Chelsea in the MLS all-star game

  77. Paul H says:

    Can you even IMAGINE what would happen if JK called in Bornstein as a replacement? There would be riots.

  78. THomas says:

    I don’t get why everyone is calling JK a hypocrite on the club form thing. It’s simple. Club form will get you recognized and into camp (Johnson/Gordon). Once you’re in camp it’s your form in training and games that will keep you with the Nats (Altidore/Torres). What’s so hard to understand about that?

  79. Hogatroge says:

    JK needs to just eat some crow here. Out of the group (of 24) he’s “confident” in…

    2 are too injured to play (LD, Shea)
    1 is too sick to play (F. Johnson)
    1 is carrying a significant knock (Jones)
    1 was injured in training (Castillo)

    When you have >20% attrition, it’s time to supplement the roster!

  80. Spank says:

    A little off topic but I also read that Mix Diskerud is open to a call up from Norway. It said that he isn’t expecting one but that he would listen if they came calling. Not saying he deserves a call up at this very moment but dammit Klinsmann! Make a call! Make a few calls! Get some replacements!

  81. THomas says:

    They must be skating around in Hell right now because the day has come where we’re all hoping Castillo is fit and able to play.

  82. le coq says:

    Good work, though I’d prefer Gatt over Adu, just to take a closer look.

  83. PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo says:

    Davis also uses the Kicker article as his source.

  84. Mark says:

    Chris Pontius and Todd Dunivant.

  85. Andy says:

    ———–Gomez (or EJ)——–
    –Dempsey—————–Zusi–
    ——-Kljestan—–Bradley—–
    ————Williams———–
    Boca—Cameron—-Goodson—Dolo
    ————Howard————–

  86. Kosh says:

    Man, lately, the reactions to any form of adversity and/or challenge is something to behold (you should read these posts). I am fascinated by it, it is clearly something worth studying. What does it say about us?

    To me it’s like the energy from success (wins in impossible places and great finds) and potential just fizzles out as it cannot sustain itself. But hysteria, wild speculation, “no-can do”, all is gloom and doom – man, a nuclear reaction does not hold a candlestick to that energy.

    Our backs are towards the wall and we are up against it and with all the things that come with that, yes – but there is something to be said about our reactions.

    Not putting anyone down, juts making an observation.

    My point? Yes it sucks and we’ve not gone through something like this before. We’re in a rough patch. But to think that even an MLS side cannoy get us points agains A&B? To think that this selected team cannot win on against Guatemala on HOME SOIL? Why because of our firts EVER road loss to Jamaica (on 2 set pieces)? Where’s the faith, fans?

    I believe in our guys. They go up against it every day professionally – fighting for places in countries where they are not rated as highly as they should be. Wearing the shirt and fighting for the shirt. This is thier WC too. It’s sucks and it looks grim but I refuse to discount this team’s ability to win even during this rough patch.

  87. Angel of LA says:

    yeah Freddy Adu, Lichaj, Gatt, Gyau, Lleget, Chandler this a hint from from above for Klissman to start bring young blood to the USMNT, Klissman Stop listening to Vazquez and get a real assistant Coach to help you.

  88. Chupacabra says:

    I hope that Eddie Johnson has stayed away from the nerve tonic!

  89. OPMG says:

    This isn’t basketball. Soccer matches are twice as long with no real breaks excepting half-time (can’t believe I have to explain this). If he’s sick enough that he didn’t fly with the team, he’s in no condition to put in a 90 minute shift.

  90. Mike says:

    That is Geoff Cameron. Johnson has a full sleeve of tats on his left arm.

  91. Chupacabra says:

    With Beckerman out there the only boom will be the sound of Antigua and Guatemala’s shots hitting the back of the net.

  92. just sayin says:

    If you are talking about the person sitting on the right with red and blue cleats talking to Deuce, that is in fact cameron

  93. biff says:

    worry. yep, seems to be spreading like wildfire…

    i was just having fun. I liked your reply yesterday, Mr. Ben.

  94. ED^^ says:

    lichaj, gatt, pontius.

  95. mr coolio says:

    That doesnt explain why he calls in players like Edu who hasn’t done much lately for club or country. By Klinsmann’s logic Jones shouldn’t be called up either since he has been very inconsistent for that Nats.

  96. Andy says:

    GEOFF CAMERON NEVER MADE IT TO MIAMI?!

  97. Liga says:

    No, no. The guy sitting in the photo he’s talking about at the USMNT camp is Cameron.

    No worries, Cameron is still healthy.

  98. ex_sweeper says:

    This. And subs:

    F: Johnson, Gordon
    M: Corona, (Edu), Jones
    D: Parkhurst,Edu
    GK: Guzan

    There’s your 18. Not ideal but a pretty strong lineup. So why panic?

  99. The Imperative Voice says:

    He’s entitled to 23 players, lets it go down to 22 on Donovan and Shea like he’s got it under control, now 21…it’s egotistical to act like you need not bother with a full compliment. The very fact people are already out with illness and injury to put your numbers down should suggest that preparing for the possibility of others would be wise….if nothing else. And particularly considering the experimental nature of some of his picks, eg, Gordon, the honest thing to do would be to call in someone with experience when someone like Landon or the German goes out.

    After all, one of the reasons I felt Bradley had “lost it” was showing up to Gold Cup 2011 with a weird unit, then Jozy goes out….if you don’t install proper redundancy that’s how you end up playing your “Bornsteins” at some key juncture, when they’re in over their head.

    There’s no rule saying he has to stand behind an announced callup not required by the qualifying rules. So, heck yes it’s egotistical.

  100. Dane96 says:

    The FLU?!?!? Really?!?!?! Jeesh…in college, when I got the flu, the coaches had the trainers hook me up to the IV of Sodium and put me on the field. You aren’t out a week from a chest cold.

    Pro-athletes (hockey and football come to mind immediately) that I know play through the flu.

    That’s a bunch of B.S. It has to be more than the flu…maybe a pneumonia like infection…but the FLU? The Flu doesn’t stay in the body for more than a few days. I’d rather have a half-strength Johnson than a no Johnson.

  101. mr coolio says:

    My problem is the team seems like it’s gone backwards since Klinsmann arrived. Our team is scoring less goals and the quality of our possession has decreased. The team seems to struggle to mount an attack against any opponent. At least under Bradley (i was a BB hater btw) the team dominated opponents that were inferior, now not so much.

  102. 2tone says:

    Not really worried about an injury depleted Guatemala side.

  103. The Imperative Voice says:

    What concerns me is that the unwillingness to replace the shelved players plus the Altidore mess plus the no-effort on Chandler suggests a degree of self-serving stubbornness, “how dare you question my decisions.” His selection is apparently to be treated as spotless even in the face of attrition. Even if he left the malcontents out you replace the unhealthy just to keep the talent level and numbers right, and preserve tactical flexibility. Two potential wing options out and you don’t fill the void?

  104. Dane96 says:

    I played Division I football. Yes, you are not running as much…but the physicality takes over for that…because w/o strength you are effed.

    We got sodium IV bags…tons of other crap and were put out on the field to bash heads with other guys looking to kill us.

    Please…you can play with the flu if need be. Maybe not Friday…at worst…but most definitely next week.

  105. Bryan says:

    Thanks for linking. That’s even more credible.

  106. The Imperative Voice says:

    You either swallow your pride on Chandler, or you call in Lichaj, because if he starts Parkhurst-types barely fit for Gold Cup for deciding qualifiers, he needs his head examined. I will provide him with a pink slip and plenty of time to get his head shrinked…

  107. cj says:

    Hell let’s call in Danny Potts or the kid from Blackburn. Yes I know they can’t I just throwing out names like everybody else lol

  108. The Imperative Voice says:

    I want to say that any half baked unit could be sent down to Antigua to secure 3 points, but 0-1 and 0-0 home games for them hints otherwise.

    Particularly since the callups were always a bit wonky and shall we say experimental, now’s when you need to call in reinforcements.

    FWIW, you want them for the next game they better be on a plane very soon, game’s in Antigua.

  109. 2tone says:

    Lichaj won’t get the call. I could see a few MLS replcements. It’s too late to supplement from Europe for A&B.

    1. Justin Morrow for LB considering Castillo is injured now.
    2. Pontius needs to be called in
    3. Freddy Adu. Hell why not.

    Is Klinsmann even in contact with these guys. Shoudn’t he have known that Johnson was sick?

    Well you better be ready for a whole lot of long ball action on friday against A&B especially if Boca is playing at LB.

  110. C'mon Man! says:

    I want some answers from the so called journalists who…

    1.) Didn’t see Fabian was not in training
    2.) Got scooped by some nobody on twitter (I saw the timeline), and now are acting like they discovered this story.

  111. Bryan says:

    Jones significant? JK said it wasn’t and Schalke only held him out of precaution. Do you have info that says otherwise?

  112. Joe+G says:

    “The German”?

  113. Judging Amy says:

    well said man.

  114. biff says:

    This is true, I agree, that is a strong line-up that should have no trouble beating Antigua or Guatemela. But, ex_sweeper, yesterday Benny Boy (see comments above) was taking a lackadaisical view toward the withdrawals of Donovan and Shea, saying no need to worry Klinsmann, has it covered. Today Mr. Ben is worrying. What happens if another player falls ill with the flu and another sprains his ankle? I fear that Murphy’s Law has taken over this camp and Klinsmann was not wise yesterday to have called in a couple more players and that he is a total fool if he does not call in two or three players today just in case. He needs to be prepared if all heck breaks lose and the stuff hits the fan. there will be no second chances if we fail to get the points to move on to the hex. it will be over. Fertig. Das Ende.

  115. The Imperative Voice says:

    “All due respect,” but why are we backing up the school bus in front of the net when I thought JK was justifying his own callups based on the other team bunkering? I thought the concept was we might need firepower to break down stubborn defenses. Make up your mind.

  116. Jeb says:

    haha, yess!!

  117. Joe+G says:

    He wouldn’t be able to call in Chandler now, even if he wanted to. That wouldn’t be giving his team in Germany enough advance notice and they wouldn’t have to release him (a practice they are often stubborn about sticking to).

  118. hudson says:

    Is there any deadline for when a team can bring in replacement players prior to a qualifying match?

  119. atd says:

    Second best — but the best was really freakin’ good.

  120. The Imperative Voice says:

    Adversity is you start the game and go down a goal. Stubborn stupidity is people get hurt or sick and you pound your chest and say I already got it covered, before that game even starts. A&B has allowed one home goal, and we know Guate and us will likely be playing with spots on the line. You do not make assumptions, you plan ahead.

    The comparison I would make is sometimes Dom Kinnear shows up for a road game with only one really good attacking sub and then a bunch of DMs and backs. Then the Dynamo have a rough week and fall behind. If you’ve not set up your roster right beforehand, you limit the tactical ability of your team to overcome the very adversity you’re holding up.

    It just feels like he’s taking it a bit lightly for losing a starting attacker, bench attacker called in for tactical reasons, starting back, borderline starting back. It’s not like a bench player has a hangnail.

  121. The Imperative Voice says:

    I think you have to submit a final dress 23 at some point before the game, who must be on a previously filed list of 50 qualifying eligible players (which can be added up to the day before).

  122. The Imperative Voice says:

    That they could insist upon advance notice doesn’t necessarily mean they will….this would be Klinsi asking and that might have some sway over there…

  123. Sarasota says:

    No worries! Just add some additional D-mids and we’ll hope for own goals by Antigua and Guatemala!

  124. YO says:

    I have been saying the same thing JK never should have picked Vazquez as his assistant, I think he needs a tactical brain he does not have it.

  125. Benjamin C. says:

    I still think we will qualify for the next round, but for some reason, this reminds of procrastinating on a paper in college until the last weekend and feeling you can get it done, no problem, Then, your computer’s hard drive crashes, the library is closed for some random reason, and your car breaks down the morning of the due date.

    We honestly should have taken care of business much earlier, but we piddled around and left it to the last games, and now two key starters and a decent offensive bench player are down. Like I said, I am still fairly confident, but these developments combined with Klinsi’s somewhat eratic decision making has me sweating under the collar a little.

  126. Byrdman says:

    exactly who did we dominate under Bob.
    2008 Beat Barbados 8-0 then 1-0. Guatemala 1-0, Cuba 1-0. Beat T&T 3-0 home, then lost on the road 1-2.
    2009 El Salavador (2-2 away, 2-1 in Rio Tinto), no. Honduras home (2-1). We did beat T&T 3-0, but we lost to Costa Rica away, and tied them home. We were much better than CR.

    2010 El Salvador home 2-1 win. Loss at home to Honduras 1-3. Beat S.Africa 1-0 on late Agudelo goal.

    I don’t see a lot of domination there. Let’s be honest. The offense stinks right now, but we aren’t leaking goals the first 15 minutes of every game, and coming from behind every night, like under BB. I don’t like the call ups, but it’s wrong to makes stuff up.

  127. Brad says:

    Explains why Danny Califf hasn’t been called up. Nice reference.

  128. Byrdman says:

    Not really true. Let 2 points slip away in Guatemala late. Yes, but on the road in Central America is well….dicey to say the least. The game at Jamaica, we had health issues again in the mid field, with Deuce not having played regularly for a few months.

    We do need to step it up. I have always given JK the benefit of the doubt. I am fine with Jozy being anywhere but with the team. discension(sp??) is the most debilitating thing for a locker room. So even if JK is wrong about Jozy, he needs to be a man and either decline call up or shut up or man up and talk to him about it. Any of the three will work.

    That all being said, no reason in the world that I know of not to call in Lichaj or Chandler for Guatemala game. probably can survive with out them on Friday, but make the call already.

  129. TheRealBen says:

    Lol, some other Ben taking credit for my comments yesterday. =) I agree with both you fellas, however. I’m sufficiently worried at this point, and hope Klinsi calls in a few replacements. I don’t know how it works regarding the number of players he calls in…does he need to stick to the same 23 for both qualifiers? If so, he may be holding out since it sounds like at least Johnson may be fit for Guatemala.

  130. Yellow says:

    I think that was his point

  131. louis z says:

    castillo is in his way home. won’t play at all.

  132. louis z says:

    actually Castillo was already injured, he aggravated the injury during training.

  133. RLW2020 says:

    haha he will probably call in Torres so he can play LB again, jk i know he is injured too…

  134. louis z says:

    looks like the VOO DOO magic is working.

  135. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    Chill guys, we got this. Gordon is the man for the job.

  136. RLW2020 says:

    haahahahaha!!!! its happening!!!

  137. biff says:

    US Soccer has finally quit dragging their feet and confirmed the bad news–about 16 hours after a German magazine reported it. Pretty bad.

    
    Edgar Castillo Ruled Out with Foot Injury; Fabian Johnson to Miss Match Against Antigua & Barbuda Due to Illness
    link to ussoccer.com

  138. RLW2020 says:

    #callupBornstein .. somebody start it up

  139. Ben says:

    If nobody else is called in I could see Parkhurst at LB for the A&B game. He’s a relatively capable fill in across the back four, and if I recall he has played some club ball there. He looked sharp on the right against Chelsea, very solid and involved in the attack. Not ideal, but as somebody mentioned…we had JFT at left back last time against A&B, and surely Parkhurst knows the position better than that!

  140. Hogatroge says:

    I don’t want to be misleading by saying “significant.”

    He’s got a documented knock that is probably keeping him from being 100%, and that makes it (somewhat) significant.

  141. Shane in AL says:

    Do I have this right? Players dropping all over the place and we haven’t called in our best utility player, Jonathan Spector? WTF?

  142. Hesyourlifelight says:

    bring in Eddie Gaven, Chris Pontius, and Eric Lichaj

  143. KutamaObama says:

    I think he should go, Klinski will never give him a chance. I’ll rather he tries for a World Cup with Norway than not getting a call for one. Age is not on his side, he gots to do what he has to do

  144. Jags98 says:

    Get a flu shot!

  145. sir coble says:

    nice. call in Strawberry.