A couple quick things for Sunday evening.
While the US had three players withdraw from camp on Saturday and US Soccer said that no replacements would be called in, Jurgen Klinsmann has changed his mind and called in Jonathan Spector.
Julian Green looking good in some US gear (photo courtesy of Roger Bennett):
And Green looks pretty decent while actually playing as well.
I know most people think Besler and Gonzalez are going to be the de facto starters once the World Cup rolls around, but I think Orazco Fiscal has a legitimate chance to start and has been flying way under the radar. He’s very good positionally and has great distribution. He also seems to win a lot of headers even without being a tall, looming presence. What’s interesting is he plays on the outside of a 3-man backline for Puebla and I don’t know if that system effects his playing style within Klinsmann’s system. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe he started the game at the Azteca that the US drew during qualifying. I can’t recall how many starts he got during qualifying and who his partner(s) was.
There’s no way Orozco-Fiscal makes the team, let alone starts.
Wouldn’t be a shock to see Gooch start, actually.
I totally discounted Gooch because he could never hold down a spot in any of his former clubs, and his general lack of pace. That said, he has put a few good games together and I think was named man of the match in his last one, so you never know. I have been thinking that Brooks & Packwood had the better outside shots for CB. That said, it shows you how weak we are in that position, which genuinely scares me for Brazil…
It is good to see Julian Green running with John Anthony Brooks (you can also see Danny Williams running with Jermaine Jones in the same picture).
Their connection of all having German mothers and US African-American military fathers (who I believe are now generally divorced…and you can add to that list Fabian Johnson, Timmy Chandler, Terrance Boyd, etc.) will either help make Julian Green feel very welcome, or it could have the oppossite effect…I really hope it is the former…
So a guy who started a majority of the Gold Cup games and can play in the center or out wide has less of a chance to make the World Cup team than Onyewu has of starting in it? I love me some Gooch, but I don’t think he’s got a ticket to Brazil unless he really shines in the upcoming friendlies.
Man do we need to play well in these next few matches leading up to Brazil! Not much to get excited about over the last few months as a USMNT fan. Dempsey is a shell of himself, Jozy is in quite a funk and we still have no real clue who our back four will be. Not trying to be such a pessimist but somebody give me some good news. I know we are capable of playing well in Brazil but as we sit here 3 months away I don’t feel very good about getting out of our group.
I have to agree with TC, there is still time, but I’m hoping this pre-World Cup friendlies will help us peak at the right time, because at the moment I think we’re on a flat trajectory.
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