Seeing as how everyone wants to predict lineups for 2014, I thought I’d throw my hat in that ring. Here goes nothing…
Goalkeepers (3): Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Bill Hamid
Reasons: Not hard to figure out here. Tim is #1, Brad is an eternal #2, Hamid is the future.
Other Possibilities: Samir Badr, Chris Seitz
Defenders (7): Oguchi Onyewu, Ike Opara, Omar Gonzalez, Tim Ream, Kevin Alston, Jonathan Spector, Eric Lichaj
Reasons: I think Gooch should be on his last legs, but he’ll still be an aerial force. Opara and Gonzalez are very, very promising though, so I could see them challenging for starting spots in the middle. Personally, I think Spector will be playing full-time at center back for us alongside Gooch by 2014, which is his most natural spot. Ream and Spector provide versatility along the back, Alston and Lichaj provide outside play.
Other Possibilities: Jonathan Bornstein, Edgar Castillo, Marvell Wynne, Chad Marshall, Geoff Cameron, Sean Franklin
Midfielders (9): Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Jose Torres, Benny Feilhaber, Stu Holden, Alejandro Bedoya, Freddy Adu, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan
Reasons: Pretty much nothing new here. Dempsey and Donovan could go as forwards too, which could open up spots. Bradley and Edu should be our best 2 central players going forward and I love the potential of Ale Bedoya on the left side.
Other Possibilities: Mikkel “Mix” Diskerud, Sebastian Lletget, Robbie Rogers, Eddie Gaven, Tony Tchani, Jermaine Jones, Rico Clark
Forwards (4): Jozy Altidore, Charlie Davies, Tristan Bowen, Danny Mwanga
Reasons: This will be the hardest group to predict. I mean, 4 years ago who would have predicted Findley and Buddle? I think Tracy, if he can stay healthy, is a solid option. Tristan Bowen should be an excellent bench striker by 2014. He’s looked great in his appearances for LA this year. Mwanga looks fantastic, but we have to hope for him to become a US citizen and “choose” the US.
Other Possibilities: Tony Taylor, Marcus Tracy, Kenny Cooper, Eddie Johnson, Robbie Findley, Brek Shea
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