While Howie took a guess at the USMNT roster for the upcoming friendlies, it looks like one of those players will be goalkeeper David Yelldell according to this German report.
I think we can all pencil in Tim Howard as the number one goalkeeper, but there are some question marks for the second spot, at least for the Gold Cup, if the rumors about Brad Guzan taking time off this summer to get married are true.
The other goalie on roster for the 2010 World Cup, Marcus Hahnemann, is sort of at the end of his international career. He has lost his starting spot at Wolves this season and I believe he already told Bob Bradley not to call him anymore unless they really needed him.
As for other goalies called into camp over the last year, most are doubting that Bob would select MLS players with the season starting up, so you can cross off Nick Rimando and Sean Johnson. Dominic Cervi was also called into the January camp, but he hasn’t seen the field in a long time (Howie, jokingly, doesn’t believe he exists). Luis Robles was called in last year, but he has recently lost his starting spot at Karlsruher in the German second division.
That brings us to Mr. Yelldell. The 29-year-old goalkeeper is a dual citizen of the United States and Germany, but is not tied to any country. He has been playing well this season for MSV Duisburg, recording 11 clean sheets on the year (the most of any American goalie in Europe in 2010-11), and has led Duisburg to the DFB-Pokal final (they face FC Schalke on May 21) with a chance to earn a Europa League spot for next season.
I know of at least one OT reader that is a fan of Yelldell. Thoughts on the call-up (if this German report is true)?
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