With Klinsmann set to make roster changes, who will stay and who will go?

Graham Zusi

By IVES GALARCEP

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Jurgen Klinsmann had just finished praising his U.S. Men’s National Team after Tuesday’s win vs. Costa Rica when he was asked about whether he would make use of the ability to make chances to his roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup knockout rounds.

Klinsmann’s answer?

“I am in contact with clubs already, but you’ve got to give me a couple of more hours till tomorrow, because I first want to talk obviously to the players, but we’re going to make some changes.”

So yes, Klinsmann will make roster changes, and up to four players could be sent back to their club teams and replaced by new players ahead of Sundays quarterfinal vs. El Salvador.

Who will he send home, and who will he call in? Here are the Top Five candidates to be sent home, and Top Five candidates to be called in by the USMNT for the Gold Cup knockout round:

FIVE USMNT PLAYERS MOST LIKELY TO LEAVE GOLD CUP

BREK SHEA
Before Josh Gatt’s injury, Jurgen Klinsmann stated how important it was for Shea to go to Stoke City and work to establish a role with the Potters under new coach Mark Hughes. Now, with a chance to leave the Gold Cup on a high note, having him head to England now makes sense.

JACK MCINERNEY

Hasn’t played a minute at the Gold Cup, and doesn’t seem likely to be called on for the knockout rounds. If Klinsmann wanted the young striker to be able to experience the USMNT set-up, that mission has been accomplished, along with word from several players that McInerney has been very impressive in training.

OGUCHI ONYEWU

It would seem a bit strange to send Onyewu packing after making him team captain for the Cuba match, but Klinsmann’s decision to start Goodson and Orozco vs. Costa Rica suggests that maybe Onyewu lost ground in the centerback pecking order, or he could be more injured than the team is letting on (he suffered a knock in the Cuba match).

COREY ASHE

Another player who hasn’t seen the field yet, Ashe seems unlikely to be called on in the knockout rounds with DaMarcus Beasley and Edgar Castillo around.

TONY BELTRAN

With RSL already missing Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando for the duration of the tournament, having Beltran return makes some sense. Especially since Klinsmann has spoken highly of Michael Parkhurst as if he is likely to be the first-choice right back in the knockout rounds (and Michael Orozco is an option to provide cover at the position).

FIVE MOST LIKELY TO BE CALLED IN

GRAHAM ZUSI

The safest bet to be called in, Zusi can give the team options on both wings, and step in as a starter. It might seem unfair to Sporting KC to call him in, but it should be noted Sporting plays Real Salt Lake next weekend, a team with two to three key starters already on the USMNT Gold Cup roster (a number that could change if Beltran is sent back).

MATT BESLER

It always seemed a safe bet that Besler or Omar Gonzalez would be called in for the knockout rounds, if not both centerbacks. Clarence Goodson and Michael Orozco performed well in their group stage opportunities, but if Klinsmann is serious about winning this Gold Cup, calling in his first-choice centerbacks would make sense.

OMAR GONZALEZ

Much like Besler, Gonzalez has become a first-choice centerback option for Klinsmann, and he even be a more likely option to be called up for the Gold Cup knockout rounds if Onyewu is sent home.

EDDIE JOHNSON

If Zusi doesn’t get the call, and even if he does, Johnson makes sense as a call-up for his attacking versatility, either as a winger or forward. Seattle probably won’t love losing Johnson considering the team’s recent struggles, but Sigi Schmid might just have to bite the bullet on this one.

ALAN GORDON

Before you go scratching your head on this one, consider the other options. Whether due to injuries (Brad Davis) or club situations (Bobby Wood, working to earn a starting role at 1860 Munich), or simple USMNT inexpierence (Chris Pontius) the other attacking options in the pool seem less realistic than Gordon, who is back playing regularly for San Jose, and who did show well the last time he was called upon.

This entry was posted in CONCACAF Gold Cup, U.S. Men's National Team. Bookmark the permalink.

166 Responses to With Klinsmann set to make roster changes, who will stay and who will go?

  1. Falls City Outlaw says:

    Ives, would you see Zus supplanting LD, or playing on the opposite wing from him?

    • matt says:

      Ummm donovan hasnt been playing on the wing since midway through the first half of the first game

    • Neil B. says:

      Zusi will step in and take one of the revolving door wing spots. The other will likely switch between Joe Corona (true winger) and JFT (wide midfielder) until one proves himself to be the clearly better option. Torres had a solid first half against Costa Rica, but was way less influential in the second half. I think Corona gets the start against El Sal.

      • PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo says:

        come on Neil – Corona is a ‘true winger’? That’s crazy talk. He, like JFT is a midfielder playing on the wing.

        • Felix says:

          You are correct, but Corona has played some on the wings for Los Xolos and its more natural for an attacking mid like Corona to move out wide than for a natural deep-lying center mid like Torres (even though he’s played solid on the wings himself).

      • Ceez says:

        “True winger”! LMAO!

    • Dennis says:

      I think you need to ask what does this team need. I think it is pretty clear after the last game that the opponents can pretty much turn off the service from the central US midfield by pressuring. That means an alternative must exist to open the middle up. The present US squad has struggled to provide much service from the wings, only Beasley seems to be consistently dangerous, Corona and Castillo have had moments, but did not really consistently impress, Shea has the physical tools to do that, but I think he is tactically too naive to really impose himself. Zusi is a natural answer to the need for better wing play, and E. Johnson has shown he can contribute there as well. Gordon can finish crosses, so his inclusion with at least one new wing would be no surprise. Another alternative to open things up are occasional long balls for the forwards to run onto, bypassing the pressure in the midfield. I am not sure which defenders are best at that, perhaps Besler who does seem able to make good service, Donavon and E. Johnson have the speed to take advantage of space behind the defenders, and Gordon is a big body who can challenge defenders for long aerial balls.

      • Dennis says:

        *moderation
        I think you need to ask what does this team need. I think it is pretty clear after the last game that the opponents can pretty much turn off the service from the central US midfield by pressuring. That means an alternative must exist to open the middle up. The present US squad has struggled to provide much service from the wings, only Beasley seems to be consistently dangerous, Corona and Castillo have had moments, but did not really consistently impress, Shea has the physical tools to do that, but I think he is tactically too naive to really impose himself. Zusi is a natural answer to the need for better wing play, and E. Johnson has shown he can contribute there as well. Gordon can finish crosses, so his inclusion with at least one new wing would be no surprise. Another alternative to open things up are occasional long balls for the forwards to run onto, byp@ssing the pressure in the midfield. I am not sure which defenders are best at that, perhaps Besler who does seem able to make good service, Donavon and E. Johnson have the speed to take advantage of space behind the defenders, and Gordon is a big body who can challenge defenders for long aerial balls.

  2. matt says:

    I thought it was four players you could call in…5 is cheating… ;)

  3. DC Josh says:

    I would be shocked if Klinsmann tweaks his starting XI by bringing in new starters that have not been in camp. But dropping bench players so they can get back into a groove with their clubs make all the sense in the world.

    It is a shame CONCACAF established this rule for a B-side tournament. For me, it makes this off-year tournament even more “mickey mouse” than it was before.

    • biff says:

      +1 agree. but maybe a fullback or two, and possibly CB..

      • Four Cents says:

        Besides Beasley, Donovan, Ramondo, Wondo, etc.. What starting XI are you referring to? It’s seems as though almost everyone had had good to decent playing time…

        • biff says:

          Yeah, my comment is unclear. I was agreeing with the line from DC Josh: “I would be shocked if Klinsmann tweaks his starting XI by bringing in new starters that have not been in camp.”

          I think it would counter-productive at this point to bring in Zeus and have to sit Corona or even Eddie Johnson at left wing and sit Torres. I don’t see Klinsmann pulling the rug out from under these guys who have given so much. But I think Parkhurst will be heading back to Germany and a new fullback will need to be called in and also CB to replace Gooch.

          • bryan says:

            Parkhurst isn’t going anywhere. the only other RB in the entire 35 man roster is Beltran. and JK is not going to give him the start. he could use Orozco but i don’t see it happening.

            Gomez is gone. I think Shea ends up leaving and probably someone like Ashe. but i agree, it would be wrong to bring in sweeping changes to the starting XI.

    • Nate says:

      If he is going to call in Zusi, Omar, Besler etc., they will start. Otherwise it doesn’t make sense to call them in.

      • the unmistakeable Ronaldinho says:

        I think those are the 3 we will see. They all have very limited international experience, and this will give them their first taste of international tournament play. I know that the competition isn’t great and the pressure is no where near the World Cup but these knockout round games could go a long way for 3 guys who figure to play big roles next summer.

        You can’t replicate the feeling of a knockout game in friendlies no matter who you are playing. Besler, Gonzo, and Zusi could use as much experience in pressure situations that we can get them before the World Cup and this is a great chance to provide that to them. Not to mention it also gives us better odds of winning the Gold Cup.

    • Original Aaron says:

      Comment fail. What made the tourney Mickey Mouse was that it didn’t count for anything but bragging rights every other tournament. That is what traditionally made this a “b-side tourney.” Now the winners of both gold cups per cycle play each other for the right to represent CONCACAF at the confederations cup, and to help them do it, they get to bring in reinforcements for the knockout rounds. These changes are very positive for both the meaning of the tournament, and the quality of the sides participating, and certain don’t make the tournament more Mickey Mouse

    • Joe Dirt says:

      Josh, there are no more “off year” Gold Cups. Concacaf changed the rule for Confederations Cup qualification. Now the winner of 2013 Gold Cup will play winner of 2015 Gold Cup in a playoff to win the Confederation Cup spot for 2017.

      • Jake says:

        There sort of are. The year before each WC there will be a couple of things getting in the way. 1 team will have just returned from the Confederations Cup. 4-6 teams will also have been off and on participating in WC Qualifying. That’s why you see some weaker rosters… so that MLS/Mexican league teams don’t lose players for half their season. But its less Mickey Mouse because you get the half-berth in the next Confed Cup. That was a huge change that CONCACAF made and I think it was a really smart one. Imagine this tourney without that.

    • Felix says:

      I agree about the CONCACAF rule – it does make the tourney seem “mickey mouse” as our friends across the pond like to say.
      But if any players are called in it wouldn’t be as starters, but for depth.
      Its a silly rule, but you might as well use it to your advantage just to look at more players.
      Personally, I would call in Omar Gonzalez and Chris Pontius and drop McInerney and Gooch.

      • Frank says:

        They just make the gold cup every 4 years and replace the other one with that Copa America plan that looked like it was going to happen a few months ago

  4. Neil B. says:

    Agree that Brek, JackMac, and Gooch will go home. Bedoya might go over Ashe though.

    Also agree that Zusi and Besler/Gonzalez will be called up. Not entirely sure that Eddie Johnson is going to get playing time, given that Corona / Zusi will be the likely starters and JFT has done well in his time on the wing.

    Assuming these changes, I’d like to see two things:
    – Orozco given a chance at RB
    – LD given a chance at a wing position opposite Zusi, as this is a very realistic lineup in Brazil. Wondo and Herc would start up top. This should happen off the bench though, because Joe Corona deserves another chance to start.

  5. Neil B. says:

    Agree that Brek, JackMac, and Gooch will go home. Bedoya might go over Ashe though.

    Also agree that Zusi and Besler/Gonzalez will be called up. Not entirely sure that Eddie Johnson is going to get playing time, given that Corona / Zusi will be the likely starters and JFT has done well in his time on the wing.

    With these changes, I’d like to see two things:
    – Orozco given a chance at RB
    – LD given a chance at a wing position opposite Zusi, as this is a very realistic lineup in Brazil. Wondo and Herc would start up top. This should happen off the bench though, because Joe Corona deserves another chance to start.

    • biff says:

      how much RB did Orozco play for his club last season? Just wondering why so many, including the big chief, think he should be given a try out at RB when he is doing so well as a CB

    • ronniet says:

      If Eddie is brought in he starts up top immediately…we saw wondo’s limitations against better competition last night thus the reason he’ll never start against top level competition going forward! Sorry but wondo can’t hold a match to that of EJ’s ability!

  6. biff says:

    Bundeliga season starts the weekend of August 9-11, with Augsburg playing August 10. Unless Parkurst has a transfer in the works, he needs to get back to his club and fight for a spot on the roster. Ditto with Brek Shea, who can not go back to Stoke on a high, despite that disaster against Cuba.

    I am big Zeus fan, but I would rather see continue go with the current wingers, especially Corona, but also give Castillo a chance at midfield, or Beasely, who I thought looked shaky at LB. Would be good to see Gonzo and/or Besler called in to pair up with Orozco. Although Goodson surprised last night with strong performance, I am still skeptical and think Orozco or someone else will be able to surpass him by WC 2014.

    All that said, I think we see at one fullback called in, maybe two if Klinsmann sends both Beltran and Parkhurst home.

  7. mouf says:

    dont punish clubs even more for having first team players in a WCQ year, please. Im selfish

    • Josh D says:

      Blame MLS. Klinsi’s job and responsibilities are to the USMNT.

      • Reboot says:

        Even, as an SKC supporter, I agree with Josh.

        If the USMNT wins Gold Cup, we are one step closer to getting a chance to play in the next Confed. Cup. I think it is worth it to players like Zus, Bes, and Omar to ensure that it happens.

    • JRP says:

      RSL fans don’t consider it a punishment to have three players in camp. Build a team correctly and you can make it work.

  8. Arkie says:

    Don’t want to tinker too much with stuff on defense, if we lose once we’re done. All it takes is one bunkering team getting a goal from a set piece (Belize) or a counter (Cuba) and then parking the bus and we’re out. I’m nervous about switching the centerbacks mid tournament, although most would agree that Besler/Gonz is an upgrade it’s not as if Goodson or Fiscal have looked bad. I guess it’s just about accepting we do have the depth and can pull off this revolving door stuff, but it’s hard to believe that we really have the depth to do that now when we couldn’t before (though it appears we actually do have the depth, at least in CONCACAF). I think attacking options like Zusi and Johnson are the best ideas, because against CR we had plenty of possessions but it would’ve been nice to see a few more chances created with that possession. Excited for the rest of the tournament.

    • the unmistakeable Ronaldinho says:

      Besler and Gonzalez have not played many big time games in their career. If they’re going to be the CB combination moving forward we need to get them as much experience as possible heading into the World Cup. Even if we lose because of them its lesson learned and we will be better for it next summer. I see them helping not hurting the team though.

    • DR7_Liverpool_ says:

      Goodson and Orozco were definitely holding their own yesterday, i actually would like to see them finish out this tourney to increase their competition with Besler/Gonzo. You do make a good point about getting them competitive game experience but they have already looked great in the May June games, i guess more couldn’t hurt their confidence.

      As for attackers it would be interesting to see where Zusi is placed on the pitch, he will cover so much ground and be just a handful for all the teams left in the tourney. I can’t see Corona sitting out so is that JFT’s spot to lose/worry about?

  9. David says:

    I think he replaces injured guys first. If Gooch can’t play, then he should absolutely replace him. Anybody else carrying an injury also has to go if he can’t plan. Then, he has to think about who won’t play at all. If Jack McInerny was going to get any game time, it would have been against Cuba or Belize. That time is over, so return him to his club where he will play and ideally take whatever he learned in the national team camp and apply it. Ashe can go, too. He wasn’t ever likely to get any games. I’m not sold on either Parkhurst or Beltran at right back. Brad Evans is on the list of 35. He might be the best option of the lot unless Orozco moves over. But, I don’t think that’s going to happen. I would bring in a center back. I prefer Matt Besler to anyone who played the group phase. I would also add Zusi and/or Eddie Johnson. In short, out are McInerny, Ashe, Gooch, and Beltran; in are Zusi, E. Johnson, Besler, and Brad Evans. If Klinsmann wins the cup with whatever moves he makes or doesn’t make, I’m good with that, because only the final result matters.

  10. Eric says:

    I’m an SKC fan and I want to see Zusi and Besler do well, and I have sort of resigned myself to them getting called up by JK, but I’m not at all happy about it. Sure, Ives, RSL is missing Beckerman, Rimando, and Beltran right now, but after RSL, the Sporks next play Montreal with a LOT more at stake. RSL is a non-conference team, but SKC and Montreal are currently 1 and 2 in the Eastern Conference table. And Montreal will be at full strength because they have no players in the current US camp, and Canada has already been eliminated.

    And that’s on top of the fact that during the June WCQs, RSL only lost Rimando, and JK worked it out with MLS so that Rimando didn’t miss any league games.

    SKC has a lot to lose here for the sake of winning a relatively meaningless tournament (the winner gets to go to a playoff for a 2017 Confed Cup spot? Yippee). Let’s not pretend otherwise.

    • RobsterCraw says:

      Its not like SKC is in any real danger of missing out on the playoffs at this point. Even a loss to the Impact wouldn’t really sound any alarm bells.

    • Reboot says:

      I, too, am a SKC supporter, and I see your point, but a spot in the Confed. Cup is more than meaningless… I guarantee that a team like Uruguay who got to play some meaningful matches this time around will have a great run in the WC because of their experience there.

      I think if you asked Graham Zusi and Matt Besler if they wanted to be a part of the Gold Cup final, they would most certainly say yes. I support SKC before USMNT, but I don’t blame JK for taking the best available players to Chicago.

      • 2tone says:

        Country before club, that’s all.

      • Eric says:

        A great Confed Cup run does not a great World Cup run make. Just ask the USMNT last time around, when we took 2nd place in the Confed Cup, won our World Cup group, and then screwed the pooch in the round of 16.

        And I don’t blame JK either. It’s his job to do what is best for the USMNT, not what is best for SKC. I blame CONCACAF for insisting on holding such a meaningless tournament every two years rather than every four years. The Gold Cup needs to be once every four years, like the Euros.

        • Annelid Gustator says:

          I agree with this, but since it isn’t, the 1/2-berth change is quite welcome. If you are going to have a tournament, make it count.

        • Travis says:

          Hate to break it to my fellow USMNT fans but last WC was a success. Winning our group is something we had never done before I believe (think we took 2nd in 2002) and we went to ET in the round of 16. Playing in a Confed Cup the year before helps

          • Gene says:

            I thought WC 2010 was a success as well. Won the group, lost in Round of 16 in ET to a pretty good Ghana team.

            I am a bit more ambivalent about the Confed Cup helping WC preparation. It’s a good way to get a dry run playing in the same country/ But you also have to qualify for 2018 and you worry whether you’re going to tire out your first team and hurt your position in qualifying.

          • MC says:

            Last WC was a mixed bag. Across 360+ minutes of play the US had the lead in a game for exactly 1 minute – on LD’s stoppage time rebound off a Dempsey shot in the final group stage game.

            If the English GK did not gift us a goal on a silly mistake in game 1, the US would not have gotten out of group stage at all. (On the other hand, we were robbed of some goals that were called “offside” that would have gotten us through too, so maybe it evens out.)

            In either case, I can’t say playing the Confed Cup helped or hindered us. In fact, our Confed performance led me to believe our 2010 WC team should have made the semis, given the relatively easy draw of opponents in knockout stage.

            The 2002 team won 2 games convincingly, and lost in the quarters to a German team that the US outplayed or at the very least played even. They were better than the 2010 team.

            • Michael says:

              We outplayed the Germans that day. It might have been the best game our national team has ever played especially considering the competition.

            • the unmistakeable Ronaldinho says:

              The serious injuries to Oneywu and Davies really hurt our 2010 team. Gooch was at the peak of his powers and was our best defender. Davies was coming into his own as our #1 striker and really set the tone for the game with his tireless work and intensity.

        • Justin says:

          I agree the Gold Cup should be held once every 4 years. The every-other-year thing is just a stunt by the CFU nations who never make the World Cup. That being said, I wonder if the USSF would consider just not accepting the invite every other tournament and refusing to host. It’s less disruptive to MLS, and while it may hurt our chances at playing in the Confed Cup, we know that when we do contest the Gold Cup – our Confed Cup status is definitely on the line.

          • Chris says:

            Listen to Ives’ podcast, the SBI Show Episode 51…they talk about why Gold Cup is played every 2 years – it’s about money. Every other tournament/event CONCACAF puts on loses money, but Gold Cup makes enough to support everything else. For the same reason, it will always be in the USA.

    • JRP says:

      Only lost Rimando? The best keeper in the MLS in the past five years.

      • Eric says:

        ^ Missed the point.

        • Chris says:

          I think you’re the one missing the point. RSL’s had international absences of 4 starters in the past month, and they’re still the best and hottest team in the league at the moment. If SKC’s really a great team, they need to rise to the occasion the way RSL has and continue to succeed despite that adversity.

          • Eric says:

            You’re also missing the point. SKC hasn’t just had Besler and Zusi gone, we also had Jerome and Joseph gone for Haiti, and Jerome especially has been starting for us a lot this year.

            In any case, during the June WCQs, the only RSL player called up was Rimando, and he didn’t actually miss any league games–the only one he has missed for USMNT duty was back in March. SKC had to go w/out Besler and Zusi due to USMNT duty for two league games already (3/23 against NER and 6/1 against MTL).

            I get that it stinks without Rimando because y’all have to trot out Josh Saunders. But SKC has taken a huge hit this year on national team call-ups, to the point that they have had to recall loaned out players just in order to be able to fill out the gameday 18. That shouldn’t have to happen, that’s my point.

  11. RobsterCraw says:

    Gordon would at least give the US a target forward option in Jozy’s absence. I’m not sure how much that offsets his general lack of quality but having a big man with that kind of aerial ability could cause fits for some of the smaller CONCACAF centerbacks. I’m thinking of Honduras without Bernardez. However, the other thing that you want a target forward for (strong hold-up play and winning long balls out of the back) isn’t as important to a US that won’t likely be playing on the counter much in this tournament.

    EJ’s not been looking in good form. I’d much rather have Zusi in over him.

    I’d feel a lot better with Besler around for the knockout rounds.

  12. Josh D says:

    Not to beat a dead horse, but I thought Klinsi could call up three players that weren’t in his initial 30 (last second tournament rule). With that in mind, wouldn’t Magee make sense?

    Mix might be an option too, based on his Europa games. It’d be a pity though. This is his coming out party tournament. Hopefully a few suitors have liked what they see and may bid on him.

    • Smacking says:

      I believe changes to the initial 30 could only be made prior to the tournament. These changes can only be made from the list of 30 that were listed when the tournament started. I don’t think the US every utilized the first opportunity for changes.

  13. RonMexico says:

    Bocanegra!

  14. Del Griffin says:

    I would love to see Besler come in and play with the other centerbacks, just to see the options there. I like Gonzalez and think he will continue to improve, but would be nice to see how Besler fits with Goodson or Orozco

  15. bizzy says:

    With Graham Zusi, Eddie Johnson and Chris Pontius our B-team just became B+.

    ———————————————–Johnson—————————–
    ————————–Donovan————————————————–
    ———-Pontius—————————————————— Zusi——

    ———————Beckerman—————Diskerud———————–

    -Beasley———-Goodson————–Orozco——–Parkhurst——

    ———————————-Rimando——————————————

    I don’t think Onyewu is going home. I think Klinsman was just trying players because we only needed a draw to qualify first in our group. Our defense is pretty much set and not conceeding goals (hence if its not broken don’t fix it!!!!!).
    Chris Pontius is a beast and pretty much the main spark for a struggling DC United team. Pulling him out of United equals lights out of that team but is a better option than Castillo and rivals Torres at LM………either way its all about the stars and stripes!!!!!!! lol
    If Zusi shows up Bedoya and Corona lose their spot at RM

    It’s crazy how bringing in MLS players can actually strengthen our current “first in their group” team, meaning there were better MLSers than the original starters selected…lol, what the….!!!!!!. when was the last time we got confused because of so many good options in the midfield?? Is our league actually developing our players that much?? I don’t know but I like it. At this point Klinsman can play all midfielder and I’ll still believe we can win…..hahahahahaha

  16. Vic says:

    Besler makes alot of sense. Not sure Gonzalez is an upgrade consider the number of gaffes he’s had at the international level recently. I’m a fan of Zusi, however, the midfielders we currently have are arguably the same level. Since Zusi has received alot of playing time for the USMNT, I would prefer to see the current players on the Gold Cup roster get more time. When qualifyers start up again Zusi will continue starting.

    • blokhin says:

      at what point giving up a goal per game start to count against Omar as a lock at CB? Based on play alone, I think Besler is as close to a lock as a USMNT CB now gets, even though he hasn’t been perfect, he hasn’t been woeful at times like the others…

  17. 2 OKC teams 1 cup says:

    Tough circumstances for Jack Mac. Before the tourney he was probably close to Wondo on the depth chart, but Wondos goal spree ensured he would get the nod at Jack’s expense. In hindsight, after seeing Wondo vs both bad and good opponents, it would have been nice to have had a look at Jack in this tournament at some point.

    • DR7_Liverpool_ says:

      Well tough love for Jack he will have to head back to Philly and will probably get his starting spot back. He was behind in the depth chart for a reason, but come on he has plenty of time to prove himself as USMNT player, no need to rush the kid onto the field when everyone else is doing a great job.

    • whoop-whoop says:

      Nothing tough about it. Making the team at his age was a huge accomplishment and something to be proud of. He was never going to be a factor this cycle. He was called in to get him into a camp, to train w/ guys a step above as a push in his career and to motivate him to take it to a new level for next cycle. Great experience. Rather than being another “next big thing” he is a promising talent being allowed to work hard to earn a spot over time and develop at a reasonable pace sans unrealistic hype and expectations. Better for him and a good sign for where our program is at.

    • Goalscorer24 says:

      I don’t think Klinsmann works that way. He likes to bring the young guys along slowly. Mac won’t be shown game time after just one camp.

  18. Paul says:

    This is one aspect of this tournament that I really do not like. I would prefer no teams can call in any replacement players. This US team is playing well right now, and has good chemistry.

    But, if you haven’t played yet, it’s safe to say you are expendable. I think JK wanted to let players like JMac have practice time with the Nats, so he and others like him may be done.

    I agree with four of your five selections. I am hoping Onyewu is not hurt, and stays with the team. I can see the possibility of JK bringing in CBs in order to supplement that pool and try Orozco on the outside. We may need someone to backup Parkhurst if Beltran departs.

    I don’t see Gordon as an upgrade to the current pool. I’d stick with Wondo and Gomez. And if you bring in another MF, Donovan can go up top.

    Zuzi makes sense to add depth to the MF pool and replace Shea. I don’t see the other options, such as Davis or Pontius, being an improvement over the pool of MFs on this team now.

    As for tactics, there’s no more than three games left, and our next opponent is El Salvador. They will sprint back towards their own goal at the opening whistle and bunker. Besler can help distribute from the back with those tactics, and Zuzi can one-touch with the MF. I don’t see how Johnson helps us with these tactics, unless he’s up top.

  19. ilikefreddyyesadu says:

    I wish Jack would have seen some minutes against Belize or Cuba. Wondo had a great run but I would have liked to see what J-Mac could have done with the opportunity. Wondo struggled against Costa Rica so the questions are still there about him performing against good competition. J-Mac will get his shot but the Gold Cup group stage seems like a perfect chance to give him some minutes especially if he has been impressive in training.

    • 2 OKC teams 1 cup says:

      Were on the same page.

    • DC Josh says:

      +1

    • The Imperative Voice says:

      Yeah, the problem with Klinsi’s approach is he has now made a cult hero out of someone who may just be another Twellman or Kljestan. Twellman once had a hat trick against Norway during Camp Cupcake and then 3 other goals in 29 other caps. Ditto Kljestan with a hat trick on Sweden in Camp Cupcake and then 1 other goal in 38 other caps.

      I would have liked to see Boyd and some of the other Germans get their chance because I think I still now how the Wondow movie ends. Ditto Lichaj and some others. But then calling in a seasoned B team is better for getting the results we have, if you focus on silverware instead of player development. The only area where Gold Cup has been useful in identifying players is the marginals like Holden, Mixx, Beasley, and Landon, and some of those were more coach’s decisions before — known quantities left off the roster while playing — than true “show me what you got.”

      If the team stays healthy, that’s fine. The issue is if you have some injury bug or something and suddenly have to call in a forward, and the people on your call sheet are Gordon, EJ, Wondo, well, maybe it would have been nice to know if a German was ready when the game is say, Mexico.

    • Gill King says:

      +1

  20. bizzy says:

    If our defense can stand tall against Costa Rica then we should have no problem with El Salvador what so ever. As far as the CM Holden, Becks and Mix are all we need. Eddie Johnson will come in as a possible stiker with speed and strength to get by defenders…….Gomez and Wondo have similar style of pouching plays (with herc a little faster and stronger). LM is an area we need personel…..Castillo is playing well and so is Torres but we need runs down the flanks and floaters into the 18 yard box, something Pontius does all day for DC united. Beasley is the best LM option we have but we’d need someone to cover LB.
    At the end of the day this team has rised and grown together, believing in one another……..I don’t see Klinsman breaking that chemistry and making any major changes with the exception of a few players/areas

    • The Imperative Voice says:

      Rumor is Gomez is out.

      Castillo is kind of a tweener. He is a self-described lousy defender — and as a defender I always get nervous when people tout defenders for their claimed composure or ability to get forward as opposed to the primary need to stop people — but is he good enough to play LM instead?

    • Brian says:

      I’m sorry, did this post say Castillo is playing well? the Castillo on the USMNT? Or is there some other player in the tournament with that name. Because our Castillo has consistently been the worst player on the field for the USMNT.

      • bizzy says:

        Hahahahahahahahaha……Brian, quit it dude…..Castillo hasn’t been that bad playing LM…maybe trying to do too much but not bad (as a midfielder!!!!)

  21. zztoppppp says:

    I think Will Bruin is also an option to be sent home. I am a fan of his, but just like McInerney, there is little to no chance he sees any minutes in the knockout rounds.

    • DR7_Liverpool_ says:

      agreed

    • The Imperative Voice says:

      Particularly if we have provo roster replacements, the people not actually seeing the field would be the obvious cuts, from either a sporting or sympathy perspective. We need people in that Klinsi wants to play, and if he’s not going to play them it’s for their soccer and psychological good to send them back where they will play.

      So Jack I, Bruin, Ashe.

  22. Ian says:

    Surprised Brad Evans hasn’t been mentioned for RB. He need the XP there and Park and company just aren’t doing that well. Also would love to see Donovan and Zusi together.

    • 2tone says:

      Brad Evans was a filler in WC qualifying. I would put him actually playing RB for the USMNT going forward at 30 percent. He doesn’t play the position at all for Seattle, and Chandler will be back for the WC qualifying in the fall.

      • Brett says:

        There are no guarantees that Chandler will even beat Evans out in training. When was the last time Chandler was even with the team in a starting role?

        • Bobb says:

          LOL

          One has the potential to be a world class right back. One doesn’t start at right back over a 19 year old rookie for his MLS team.

      • Brian says:

        I still see Evans on the WC team, as a sub for Chandler. For that matter, if he continues to improve, he may give Chandler a run for his money.

  23. biff says:

    Bundeliga season starts the weekend of August 9-11, with Augsburg playing August 10. Unless Parkurst has a transfer in the works, he needs to get back to his club and fight for a spot on the roster. Ditto with Brek Shea, who can not go back to Stoke on a high, despite that disaster against Cuba.

    I am big Zeus fan, but I would rather see continue go with the current wingers, especially Corona, but also give Castillo a chance at midfield, or Beasely, who I thought looked shaky at LB. Would be good to see Gonzo and/or Besler called in to pair up with Orozco. Although Goodson surprised last night with strong performance, I am still skeptical and think Orozco or someone else will be able to surp@ss him by WC 2014.

    All that said, I think we see at one fullback called in, maybe two if Klinsmann sends both Beltran and Parkhurst home.

    • Lost in Space says:

      Parkhurst will continue to be a bench/depth player for his club side in Germany’s 2nd division. His going back to club will not effect his standing at the NT level, where he is currently 4th option at RB (Dolo, Chandler, Evans, Parkhurst)….and may drop to 5th if Lichaj gets some consistancy with his new team in the Championship. Regardless wouldn’t mind seeing an upgrade (Evans) called in.
      Shea needs to rejoin Stoke so that he can at least make the bench this upcoming BPL season. If he doesn’t he’ll be on the outside looking in come Qualifiers & WC.
      Besler & Gonzalez make the most since to be called in, as they need as many games together as possible heading into the last 4 qualifiers. Experience and Reps together is needed to continue their improvement.
      Zusi or EJ would be good additions as well to help provide width and attacking the improved defense of the other teams who will be calling in replacement players.

      • Brett says:

        I’m convinced that he continues to get looks because the USSF wants to give him chances to impress other clubs.

        It’s probably not working. He’s a fringe player at best, I can’t stand to watch him play.

  24. Matt says:

    You know he can only replace 4 players, right? Not sure why you listed 5…

  25. Raymon says:

    If Shea is off, he actually goes back to TX, where Stoke have a friendly scheduled vs. FCD next week! Perfect chance for Brek to get minutes in the vertical striped shirt before a friendly hometown crowd.

    • Raymon says:

      Oh, and Houston too. Stoke play vs Shea’s and Cameron’s former teams. Marketing genius by the lads at SCFC.

      • ed - houston says:

        Agree, Shea should link up with his team for those two friendlies, can’t wait.

    • The Imperative Voice says:

      I don’t see the point in sending Shea back because he would go play MLS friendlies until August 1, the same period we’d want him for Gold Cup. With players recovering from injury like Holden and he, I think it’s important to get an extended look. Holden’s been disappearing as the tournament progresses and JK tries to play him more. Might be useful to know if Shea improves with confidence or has another Ashe-worthy crossing nightmare.

  26. DCUnitedWillRiseAgain says:

    I didn’t know about that last second rule of calling up to 3 players up that weren’t on the inital list…

    I think Pontius would be better than anyone that has been playing left wing. Shea probably has more up side if healthy, Bedoya was so so and Torres played better against Costa Rica as well, but none of them are optimal right now.

    Another option would be Fabian Johnson since his position with his club is pretty secure.

  27. DCUnitedWillRiseAgain says:

    Oh also, I don’t think JK will call Gordon. I think that he takes team chemistry pretty seriously, and Gordon’s … issues… won’t have endeared him to JK or most of the rest of the team.

  28. Beto says:

    I would be happy with just replacing Gooch and Ashe for Besler and Gonzalez. Getting those two on the same field as much as possible is Jürgen’s #1 goal.

    Our offense has been strong enough but if Shea needs to go either EJ or Zusi would be an upgrade.

  29. AcidBurn says:

    Separately, any chatter about any players that other teams are calling in?
    I remember that Baloy was on Panama’s extended roster, while I thought that Mexico only called up 23 players total. What about CR or Hon?

  30. Tim F. says:

    Outside of Gordon, all those changes make sense.

  31. Jeff Carter says:

    During Gold Cup years, MLS needs to go on a 3ish week hiatus…start the season a few weeks earlier, whatever.

    • Beto says:

      +1 at least for the group stage, which is only 2 weeks…

      So many, and many more every year, of the best concacaf players are in MLS. We break for the WC group stage where only a few players actually leave…

  32. Matt says:

    Gomez is going home, according to his tweet.

    • VMan says:

      did the #downbutnotout in that twwt mean he is leaving because he is not recovered from his injury? He certainly hasn’t looked like himself, that’s for sure.

      • bryan says:

        herculez gomez ‏@herculezg 58m
        8 straight… add that to the list. I know the boys will handle business. Miss you guys already. ✌#SDbound #DownButNotOut #USMNT

  33. Paul Miller says:

    Besler and Gonzo make sense, despite the burden this places on their MLS teams, because they are the possible new CB combo for qualifiers and beyond. So, every chance to increase their familiarity with international play, each other, etc., is a good thing.

    • Brett says:

      I thought we were set on getting the B-team some experience. Besler/Gonzo is our first team CB pairing.

      • Beto says:

        Can you name another cb that desirves more time, is available and can lock down the likes of Honduras, Mexico, etc…. I cant

      • Paul Miller says:

        Two objectives – build depth, and win the dang thing. Klinsmann already indicated he was making changes, which tells me we may be transitioning from depth to winning as the primary focus.

  34. Brett says:

    Why not just elevate Jack Mack if he’s been impressive in training? I’d like to see Parkhurst out and Yedlin in.

  35. Chance says:

    Herc’s gone. EJ won’t be called up. Seattle won’t let it happen considering the state the team is in because of injury.

  36. ed - houston says:

    Let JackMac stay since Gomez is leaving.

  37. bryan says:

    didn’t Vermes just basically confirm Zusi will NOT be one of the replacements?

  38. bryan says:

    herculez gomez ‏@herculezg 58m
    8 straight… add that to the list. I know the boys will handle business. Miss you guys already. ✌#SDbound #DownButNotOut #USMNT

  39. bryan says:

    Lletget impresses:

    link to whufc.com

    “The 20-year-old attacking midfielder showed exactly why the Club brought him to England as a teenager with a performance littered with sharp turns, probing p@sses and elusive dribbles. Afterwards, the Californian could hardly keep a smile off his face when asked to discuss his appearance on West Ham TV.”

  40. LeeJ says:

    in: Gozo Besler Evans Gordon
    out : Gooch Parkhurst Shea Gomez

  41. chris thebassplayer says:

    I think Shea stays.

    On defense, I think it will just be Besler brought in to pair with Goodson… Maybe kick Orozco over to RB

    Evans is hurt, he was pulled out of the SJ game with a rib injury.

    Gordon might be a good late game sub

    Zusi would be a nice call

    With Herc out we need help at forward, but EJ is way off form right now.

  42. leo says:

    mike Magee!!!!

  43. Joe A. says:

    I really can’t see much changes being made to the roster. Its just not really necessary.

  44. ed - houston says:

    Hurry up and announce the chances already, the suspense is killing me.

  45. Mysterious J says:

    If by “might seem unfair” to SKC, you really is “is TOTALLY unfair to SKC”, I agree. Ok, there is a weakened RSL on the slate for next week…but let’s not just ignore the huge game with Montreal the following week. Throw in TWO trips to Central America next month and the obvious call-ups in September and GIVE US A BREAK.

  46. Drew says:

    Country before club. Zusi and Besler would both agree.

  47. Zztoppppp says:

    What’s taking so long?

  48. curva sud says:

    In: Besler, Gonzalez, Gordon, Johnson. Out: Ashe, Gomez, McInerney, Onyewu.

    • Paul says:

      Just saw that from Grant Wahl.
      – No Zuzi, which seems to mean JK has confidence in the current MF core. I agree.
      – Johnson probably up top with Dinovan, Wondo the sub.
      – Gordon really a role player, presents matchup problems for bunkering teams.
      – Onyewu out. Injury problem or maybe a coach’s decision. Orozco has been a revelation. If the latter, Onyewu served this team well over the years.
      – 4 CBs? I think JK is starting to evaluate for WCQ now.
      – No new outside backs. That’s confidence in Beasley and Parkhurst. No one available was a step up.
      – JMac & Ashe: another Gold Cup in 2 years

    • Paul says:

      Update from Wahl: Onyewu injured. Gomez dropped due to club commitments, not performance.

      We’re fortunate to have able replacements in mid-season form.

  49. Zztoppppp says:

    I would like to see a 4-2-3-1 like the A team uses with Gordon being the only new addition not starting:
    ————–Wondolowski—————-
    E. Johnson——Donovan——-Corona
    ——–Diskerud—-Beckerman———
    Beasley–Besler—Gonzalez–Parkhurst
    ——————-Rimando—————

  50. bryan says:

    ——-Wondo——-Donovan——–
    Torres—Mix—Holden—-Corona
    Beasley–Besler–Orozco–Park
    —————Rimando—————–

    i’m writing it out like that, but i think we all know how this formation ends up changing around. for the CBs, i can’t see JK sticking it to Goodson/Orozco and benching them both. Besler/Omar and Goodson/Orozco seem like the likely pairings. but i went with the combo Besler/Orozco because i think it could work well. to be honest, just about any combo outside of Goodson/Omar will be okay with me.

    and yes, i’m still not starting Beckerman. i think him, EJ, Shea, and Bedoya will battle for sub spots.

  51. Ulysses says:

    Say what you will about Gordon, but I think he’s an excellent sub in the dying minutes of the match when you need his heading ability to tie or win a match. With that I don’t have a problem with him being called up.