Gold Cup Preview, Pt. 3 – Midfielders

Continuing with profiles of the United States Gold Cup squad, it’s time we take a look at the midfielders that have been called to camp by Coach Bradley.

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Davy Arnaud

5’11”

Kansas City Wizards

The quick, wily Arnaud has been one of the Kansas City’s best players over the past few years. He’s a veteran winger with a high skill level, usually seeing his best days down the right-hand side of the field.

Arnaud comes to the team with a reputation for launching lethal strikes from distance, as he possesses an absolute cannon for a right foot.

While he most likely won’t be a first-choice player on this squad, he’ll more than likely be used as a sub at some point, especially since he can play quite a few different positions.

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Kyle Beckerman

5’10”

Real Salt Lake

Kyle Beckerman comes to camp with hopes of proving that he can provide Mastroeni-like qualities at this level. Beckerman is an agile, hard-tackling midfielder with a nose for the ball.

He has spent his entire career in MLS, making a name for himself as one of the best holding midfielders in the league. His physical presence in the middle and strong command of the midfield make him a likely candidate to start in the USA’s opening game.

Beckerman will likely be an early starter for the USA, and with solid play could hold down the position throughout the tournament.

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Colin Clark

5’10”

Colorado Rapids

Colin Clark is a fresh face to the US side, having never been called up for a game (along with 6 others) before.

A natural left-sided player, Clark will almost definitely get an extended look down the left flank, where the American talent pool is shallow. Clark is skillful and intelligent, showing good ability both on and off the ball.

Expect Clark to get a some minutes as a substitute as the tournament progresses.

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Sam Cronin

5’10”

Toronto FC

Sam Cronin comes in as one of the young, uncapped players in the US side. Fresh off a stellar career at Wake Forest, Cronin had a strong rookie season with Toronto FC.

A skilled, deep-lying midfielder, Cronin will be gaining valuable experience from his time with the national team. He’s not expected to challenge Beckerman for the starting spot, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see Cronin get capped at some point during the tournament.

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Brad Evans

6’1″

Seattle Sounders

Another young, uncapped player, Brad Evans comes in with hopes of breaking into the US midfield.

Evans will likely see some time in the middle of the field, as he’s a versatile player that can fit alongside a defensive midfielder, or move out wide and play down the flank.

While it’s unlikely we’ll see Evans get any starts, he’s certainly one that could see significant substitute minutes.

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Stuart Holden

5’9″

Houston Dynamo

A young player that impressed at the Olympics, Stuart Holden is a quality two-way midfielder that will be a favorite to see some starts in the Gold Cup.

The Scottish-born Holden possesses good skill and poise on the ball, as well as some surprising defensive abilities despite his small stature.

With his passing and skill at holding possession, it’s very likely we’ll see Holden start many of the games in this tournament.

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Logan Pause

5’10”

Chicago Fire

A bit of a surprise inclusion, Logan Pause is a holding midfielder currently anchoring the Chicago Fire midfield.

Pause has never been capped by the national team, but many expect him to be the challenger to Beckerman for the holding spot in Bradley’s midfield.

In my opinion, it’ll be a surprise if we see much of Pause.

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Robbie Rogers

5’9″

Columbus Crew

Probably the best true winger on the squad, Robbie Rogers will be asked to provide speed and quality service down the left-hand side. The young winger has enjoyed quite a bit of success with Columbus since joining the Crew in 2007.

A quick, fleet-footed left winger, expect Rogers to start and play heavy minutes for a squad looking for width and speed. Rogers will likely be one of the keys to American success at the Gold Cup.

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One Response

  1. I went to high school and played with Sam Cronin. Great, great player – tremendous vision.

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