USMNT: Klinsmann Emails 23 For Bosnia Friendly

The US roster to face Pjanic, Dzeko & company…

"Let em play!"

“Let em play!”

GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)

DEFENDERS (7): John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Reading)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

The skinny:

» Big calls for The Fiscal, Brad Evans and Joe Corona … seeing what they can do against much different competition than their used to.

» Where will Tim Ream be used? Will Tim Ream be used? Bolton are using him in the midfield and at centerback. If Klinsmann tries him at the CDM role, it may signal that he’s going to keep using Geoff Cameron in the “tweener” role as they have similar skillsets.

42 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Chazcar2 on 2013/08/12 at 8:26 AM


    Captain: Howard

    Subs: Brooks for Cameron, Parkhurst for Evans, Corona for Bedoya/Diskerud, EJohnson for FJohnson, Boyd for Altidore, Williams for Jones

    Alt Lineup:


    • Chazcar2,

      Like the alternate lineup, except Brooks instead of Ream

      This roster is well choosen considering constraints of trying to balance MLS and Liga MX call ups and evaluating new players.


  2. Will be interesting to maybe see Brooks in action. Can he maybe make a late run at starting CB in Brazil? Would also like to get a look at Johannsson and Wood. Don’t know much about either’s style.


  3. Posted by gino744 on 2013/08/12 at 9:01 AM

    A Kjaer-type would be nice, especially one standing 6’4 and starting in the Bundesliga. May be an alternative to Gonzalez if he Gonzo doesn’t elevate his game. That rumored move to Stoke could be just what he needs.


    • Posted by Crow on 2013/08/12 at 10:08 AM

      I don’t know- would he really start in front of Shawcross or Huth? Until one of them moves I sadly don’t even see Cameron at CB.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2013/08/12 at 11:20 AM

      I think–given Stoke’s current roster–that they don’t have room for another non-Homegrown unless they drop someone.

      And Brooks’ pedigree leads one to believe he should compete immediately with Gonzalez.


    • Huth and Shawcross have been a constant for Stoke. Cameron could not displace either one.

      On the other hand Shawcross is probably Stoke’s primary valuable asset and I could see teams that need the next big English center half, Man U for one, paying big money for him.

      With Cameron around it is possible they see some sort of mix of Huth, Cameron and Gonzales at center back. If Hughes is going to bring in a lot of new players they will have to pay for it somehow. And Gonzo would be, in EPL terms, a bargain.


  4. Posted by Union on 2013/08/12 at 9:52 AM

    Brooks is going to blow Gonzalez out of the water, hate to say it.

    Bummer Aron can’t play yet. I expect he’ll get capped during the next round of qualifiers. I also think he’ll be a strong possibility to start on the left and push Fabian back to defense. He’s really impressive.

    Looks like Chandler is kissing his World Cup chances goodbye. Which is a bummmer because we now have 0 good options at full back. Evans, Parkhurst, Castillo, Cameron seem to be our options for the friendly. Oof.

    I think we go 4-3-3.

    Fabian —-Jozy——Corona
    —–Jones ———Bradley

    I could also see Danny Williams playing full back as one of JK’s surprise shifts.


    • Posted by Crow on 2013/08/12 at 10:07 AM

      Until Chandler gets his job back at his old club its not even an issue- especially due to his lack of commitment for the National Team. From what I read, alot of fans were down on his performances. But that makes the Lichaj option even more frustrating. Evans filled in well but do we really want him (he has been playing CAM!) starting at the World Cup. I’d really like to go to the World Cup with every spot “locked down” or at least having one really solid option.


      • Posted by Tom P on 2013/08/12 at 10:14 AM

        I agree- give Lichaj a chance- it is the perfect venue and travel to do it


        • Posted by Union on 2013/08/12 at 10:45 AM

          Don’t get the Lichaj thing, but simple answer might just be the timing has never been entirely right. He wasn’t playing at Aston Villa. He changed clubs this summer, so he was fighting for his spot/European career. If he starts playing he could get a look.

          Crow – you act like Chandler has been riding the bench for awhile. He was playing in most preseason games. He’s only been on the bench for one game, also the first game of the season. Fabian Johnson was an unused sub for Hoffenheim too. Does that mean he doesn’t get the call? There is something else going on.


          • Posted by Crow on 2013/08/12 at 12:38 PM

            Chandler was getting dropped at the end of last season too and I read his preseason was very poor- I dont know though of course it is all hearsay.

            Licahj went the full 90 to strong reviews the first two games of Forest’s season. Just saying with the game in Europe this would be the one to call him in for. Hell, Tim Ream got a call up and isnt playing.


            • Posted by schmutzdeck on 2013/08/12 at 10:38 PM


              The main thing with Ream is that Bolton tried him out at left back. Perhaps that explains it.

              As for Lichaj, he has been consistently crappy for most of JK’s tenure. I see no mystery in leaving him out. I soured on him after his awful 2011 Gold Cup final. I don’t understand the weeping and gnashing of teeth over his absence.

              But if you want a more technical explanation:

              Go back and look at all the guys who have played fullback, left and right for JK. Think about how the fullbacks have been playing during this latest hot streak. I think you’ll find that for the most part, they are employed as withdrawn wingers, playing pretty high up the pitch, often interchanging with the nominal wingers.

              JK is now setting up to attack, attack, attack.

              Dolo, Chandler, Fabian, DMB, Castillo, Fiscal, Cameron, Torres, Evans,Parkhurst, these guys, for the most part are better going forward than defending.

              Evans and Parkhurst for example, are inferior to Eric when it comes to one on one defending but the way the US plays values that less than their abilities to assist the offense. And they are better at that than Eric.

              What I remember of Lichaj is that he is a solid one vs one defender but is not good going forward. That is where he makes most of his turnovers.

              So move Lichaj to holding mid; except that that position also carries offensive responsibilities. Cameron,Beckerman, Holden, Mix, all of whom can start an attack from that position, are your primaries there. And I did not mention Mikey, Jones, Edu, and Sacha, all of who can handle the dual duties of that spot.

              All of this leaves Lichaj way down the pecking order on this team, unless he can hone his offensive chops at Forest in time.

              Everyone should all be glad, everyone wanted attacking football and JK is having everyone attack.

            • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2013/08/13 at 5:51 AM

              That’s an OK attitude when playing CONCACAF opponents, but presently, do you have enough talent to dominate possession against a top 8 side? Put it this way, who would you want at FB in the QF of the WC? Defensive shape, positioning and angles would be more important, right?

            • GCross,

              Well it seems to me that is what all USMNT fans crucified Bradley over and expected JK to do, have the US play wide open against everyone, even the big boys, like they did in the Gold Cup.
              I expect that JK will try to find ways do that until it is proven that he can’t.
              JK has shown he knows how to close down a game by doing what he did against Italy, i.e. flood the midfield by sticking Williams in there, or someone like him.
              This gave the under siege defense an extra outlet to hold possession and relieve pressure on the defense and to helped keep the midfield from getting too overrun. Williams’ performance was a big reason the US won that game. Should JK see the same kind of pressure from Bosnia that Italy put on the US, I think he will attack it differently this time.

              In theory Lichaj is a more solid one vs one defender than Evans for example but so what? All anyone has to do is focus on attacking another US defender all of whom are defensively average to poor. Lichaj’s defensive solidity is trumped by his poor offensive game going forward and his tendency to lose possession cheaply.

              One good defender is not going to save this defense. Defense is a team sport..But a more positive attacking philosophy might. It should be clear that JK is going to pressure, pressure and then pressure some more.

              It is what USMNT fans have asked for and you know what they say about being careful what you wish for.

  5. Posted by Crow on 2013/08/12 at 10:04 AM

    Man I trust JK but what did Eric Lichaj ever do to him?


    • Posted by evan on 2013/08/12 at 10:42 AM

      Gawd Klinsmann’s rosters drive me nutz… why call Tim Ream and Michael Parkhurst but not Eric Lichaj and Jonathan Spector? why call two Sounders but nobody else from MLS? why call Edgar Castillo ever again? idk, smh…


      • Posted by Union on 2013/08/12 at 10:50 AM

        I agree there is no method to the madness, but each player’s situation is different. In fairness, his completely confusing approach has yielded the best run of form the USMT has had in a long time.


  6. Posted by Tom P on 2013/08/12 at 10:11 AM

    Why not cap tie that young kid from Iceland……………….sorry the USA?


    • It’s not a cap-tying game. If he sees time in September or October, he’ll be locked in. But the Bosnia game isn’t a FIFA date or whatever is needed for cap-tying.


      • Posted by mbw on 2013/08/12 at 10:32 AM

        Plus he’s in the process of filing a one-time switch — doesn’t really need to be cap-tied since he’ll no longer be eligible to represent anyone else.


        • Posted by Crow on 2013/08/12 at 12:40 PM

          Exactly once he switches there is no option to go back and he wouldnt want to as he would never play in a major tournament for Iceland.

          Brooks is a completely different issue. If he accepts lets use him in some of the qualifiers. Qualifying is already locked up pretty much and he might be better already than the other current options and his ceiling is very, very high.


  7. Posted by Tom P on 2013/08/12 at 10:12 AM

    apologies to all – I missed his name on bottom line


  8. Posted by Tom P on 2013/08/12 at 10:18 AM

    PS- why keep wasting a slot on Kljestan? He can not play at international speed and has been tried, tested and always found wanting.


  9. Posted by matthewsf on 2013/08/12 at 11:23 AM

    I think in any roster you have to decided what the goals are.

    You have to bring in people that know the drill, won’t be out of line and can fill in if necessary. That seems to be Kljestan and to some extent Beckerman.

    You don’t want to have to teach all new people at once in the camp and you want a sense of people knowing what to do.

    This roster introduceces. John Brooks, Aron Johannson, Bobby Wood, Cody Cropper and has a few others that may be just getting back into the fold: Tim Ream.

    Though not a fan, it should be encouraging to Diskerud fans that he’s with the “A” team.


    • Question for anyone:
      Have any of the CB options played in a match together? Struggling to remember any times Cameron and Fiscal or Ream were on the same pitch.
      With little familiarity besides practices is it unreasonable to have Brooks and Cameron start? Would JK bring a new player into start immediately? (Not his usual modus operandi) but is this the exception with so few matches left to integrate before the WC.


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2013/08/12 at 2:41 PM

        I believe Ream & Cameron partnered in the middle against Venezuela in Jan Camp 2012 — then Cameron got a red.

        And I believe Fiscal partnered Ream maybe in the Honduras friendly in 2011.


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2013/08/12 at 2:41 PM

        Judging by the call-ins, there is little doubt to me that John Brooks and Geoff Cameron are the starters. I would be surprised if they weren’t


        • Posted by Union on 2013/08/12 at 4:17 PM

          Yep. In a lot of ways, leaving Besler/Gonzalez in the MLS (who are currently the 1st choice CB pairing), lets JK start Brooks without getting much flack for selecting JAB over Besler/Gonzo. Savvy move.

          Seems even more likely that JAB starts when you consider that Fiscal isn’t in camp.


  10. Posted by Turd Ferguson on 2013/08/12 at 12:02 PM

    Will it be a requirement for Cropper to shave his head in order to participate in this camp? Seriously though, it has to be pretty cool for him to get a chance to train with the two baldies for a couple of days.


    • Posted by Crow on 2013/08/12 at 12:43 PM

      He wont be a part of the brotherhood until he does. When he is ready to be a member of the National Team I am sure he will know it is time.


    • Posted by Tom P on 2013/08/13 at 11:03 AM

      yeah- and he yells more- a lot more- then Howard does.

      But without not nearly the same level of performance


  11. Posted by euroman on 2013/08/12 at 6:11 PM

    Just to clarify; Goodson & Besler are the current 1st choice CB pairing for the USMNT>


    • Posted by john mosby on 2013/08/12 at 8:20 PM

      are you suggesting that the starting center backs from gold cup are going to take precedence over the starting WCQ center backs? im not so sure about that. omar and besler gave up one goal in four games starting together. four world cup qualifiers. but now with jabrooks, who knows…


    • Posted by Zzyzyxx Waterloo on 2013/08/12 at 9:19 PM

      Um… no…

      Besler & Omar are the first choice cb’s. Brooks will make it interesting.


      • Posted by Chazcar2 on 2013/08/13 at 6:57 AM

        Actually Yes. Goodson started over Gonzalez in the Gold Cup Final when both were available for selection and both were injury free. I think we will continue to see Besler and Goodson together. Having centerbacks that can control the ball is more important than strength in Klinsmann’s setup.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2013/08/13 at 7:07 AM

        There is a whole season before the WC starts – that is a very long time in football terms (and mid-season for MLS players). A lot of operational risk for Klinsmann to put all of his eggs in one basket. If Besler got injured in May, people would be bleating about why nobody else was tried for precisely this scenario.


  12. Posted by Tom P on 2013/08/13 at 11:00 AM

    Is Kljestan Armenian? Does his family have Mafia connections?

    How does he continually get picked? He adds nothing going forward and is a disaster when pressured.

    I would really like to hear from a fan of his so I could understand.There has got to be an old Chivas supporter out there that can attest to his virtues because for the life of me I can not see any when games speed up.


    • Posted by schmutzdeck on 2013/08/13 at 4:03 PM

      Sacha was born in Huntingdon Beach, CA of Serbian descent. There is a Serbian Mafia but it’s links are mostly in Europe and South America. I could not tell you if they have a presence in the Los Angeles area.

      Sacha is a regular for Anderlecht as well as playing for the USMNT a fair amount lately so someone somewhere thinks he must be doing something right.

      He has played a varety of midfield positions over the years and unless you are scoring a lot of goals, making lots of sexy assists or making lots of crunching tackles, and Sacha does not do any of those things to a great degree, it is hard to explain to you what he does that is important unless you are actually watching a game.

      It is possible to be an anonymous midfielder and still do a good job..


      • Posted by Tom P on 2013/08/13 at 4:28 PM

        Thank you for your answer and especially the civility in which you delivered it. O was joking about the Armenian mafia thing and hope I did not offend anyone.

        It is just when he plays for the national side he always seems to play poorly. It is as if the speed of the game overwhelms him as the competition level goes up. Think back to the Belgium friendly; he was in my opinion the worst player on the pitch.And those were players – at least 6 anyway- he should have been highly familiar with from his time at Anderlecht in the Juniper League.
        We have so much young talent in Europe these days I can not why he continues to get opportunities.
        Once again thank you for the civility and background knowledge in your response.I like smart, friendly and informative discourse.


  13. Posted by Union on 2013/08/14 at 12:26 PM

    Think I’ve seen enough of the Eddie Johnson experience against high level competition. ANd Diskerud can’t play that role yet. He doesn’t have the skill. Johnson needs to be left wing.


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