Sadly, my computer has died…

My screen on the laptop has completely gone dead, so I am writing this briefly from the better half’s laptop. I watched the game and was stunned by Conor Casey’s brace and Donovan’s unlikely free kick strike.

If I have a working monitor tomorrow, I’ll post a write-up. If not, it may be a few days.


Hejduk called into camp

According to the USMNT blog, Frankie Hejduk has been called in to fill Clint Dempsey’s void.

It’s unlikely, with both Steve Cherundolo and Jonathan Spector fit and in-form, that Hejduk will dress for the game…but stranger things have happened under Bob Bradley’s watch.

How big would the meltdown be if our starting outside backs against Honduras were Hejduk and Bornstein?

Your desired USMNT lineup v. Honduras?

With the news that Dempsey is not fit to face Honduras, it would appear to be a good chance for a shift in the lineup to accommodate our best players, rather than fitting a player into a system.

Here’s what I would love to see:


Altidore                         Donovan


Bradley                        Clark

Spector                                                         Cherundolo

Bocanegra   Onyewu



Remember that Altidore actually started his career by playing on the left wing quite a bit, and is actually pretty good at the position. He and Donovan would be plenty capable of switching flanks, too, to adapt to the way Honduras is defending.

This lineup would also give us the chance to see Feilhaber at his best, playing as a true #10. I know many people are convinced Donovan should play that position, but he’s never shown the vision from the middle of the field that Feilhaber has, nor does he have the same range on his passes. Feilhaber has been in splendid form for Aarhus of late, playing almost exclusively as a #10.

This lineup also gives us some flexibility up top, as all four “front” players could easily be interchanged to adjust for periods of rest, tactical changes, etc.

Deuce is out for the Honduras qualifier

I reported in the comments of another of my posts that Deuce hurt his shoulder on Sunday, saying he could easily end up missing the upcoming qualifier. Turns out, I was right, as it’s being reported that Deuce is indeed set to miss the game.

Looks like Stuart Holden will get his chance against one of the most talented teams in the region. He will be almost certainly going up against a quality Premiership left back, Maynor Figueroa, a matchup that doesn’t favor Holden.

USA U-17 World Cup Schedule, Possible Roster…

Date Matchup Time Venue
Oct. 26, 2009 U.S. Under-17 Men vs. Spain Under-17 Men TBD Sani Abacha Stadium
Kano, Nigeria
Oct. 29, 2009 U.S. Under-17 Men vs. Malawi Under-17 Men TBD Sani Abacha Stadium
Kano, Nigeria
Nov. 1, 2009 U.S. Under-17 Men vs. United Arab Emirates Under-17 Men TBD Gateway International Stadium
Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria

Possible Roster

This is the roster that traveled to England this past month for a “training camp” in which the team played multiple friendlies, including a 3-1 win over Chelsea.

Some notable absences are Joseph Gyau (recently signed with Hoffenheim), Charles Renken (injured, recently signed with Hoffenheim), and Sebastian Lletget (West Ham). The common theory is that these 3 will not play in the U-17 WC, though it wouldn’t be terribly shocking if Gyau and Lletget were indeed called in. Possible, but not likely right now.

Here are the highlights from the win over Chelsea (Craven, Jerome, and Chavez scored, despite the announcers commentary).

The players to watch are Luis Gil (Arsenal), Jack McInerny, Billy Packwood (Birmingham City), Stefan Jerome, Victor Chavez, Andrew Craven, and Alfred Koroma.

Koroma is the only player who is also eligible for the 2011 U-17 World Cup, meaning he will likely not travel to Nigeria at the end of the month (youth players can only participate in 1 U-17 WC).

GOALKEEPERS (2): Earl Edwards (Nomads SC; San Diego), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle)

DEFENDERS (7): Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC, Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Boyd Okwuonu (Celtic Green; Edmond, Okla.), Tyler Polak (CSA Legacy; Lincoln, Neb.), Jared Watts (North Meck SC; Statesville, N.C.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Duncanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif), William Packwood (Birmingham City; Concord, Mass.), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier FC; Battleground, Wash.), Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC; York, Pa.)

FORWARDS (7): Juan Agudelo (NY Red Bulls Academy; Barnegat, N.J.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Alfred Koroma (Solar SC; Arlington, Texas), Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Dominick Sarle (BW Gottschee; Huntington, N.Y.)

Grading the prospects…

Instead of dwelling on the abysmal performance of the USMNT U-20 squad, I figured I’d take this write-up in a different direction and focus on the players as prospects. If this were a match ratings piece, it would be too ugly and depressing.

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Bradley calls in 22 to camp…

With 2 important qualifiers on the horizon, Coach Bradley has called in a typical 21 players to camp, along with one surprise addition:

G: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton: 14/8 SO)

D: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 24/3), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA, 4/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96: 19/0), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards: 1/0), Clarence Goodson (IK Start: 1/0), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan: 18/1), Jonathan Spector (West Ham: 3/0)

M: Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach: 13/4), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 7/1), Clint Dempsey (Fulham: 20/5), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 33/11), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus GF: 4/0), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo: 3/0), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew: 0/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 6/0)

F: Jozy Altidore (Hull City: 11/6), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids: 5/0), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 16/6), Kenny Cooper (1860 Munich: 1/1), Charlie Davies (FC Sochaux: 5/2)

*numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals

The notable absence is Jay DeMerit, who has an eye injury that will keep him out of USMNT duty until 2010. Jimmy Conrad has been called into camp in his absence, though it seems unlikely that he’d play in either game with both Carlos Bocanegra and Oguchi Onyewu both fit and eligible. Interestingly, Clarence Goodson has been called in ahead of Chad Marshall, and the much-maligned duo of Brian Ching and Conor Casey are invited along with the in-form Kenny Cooper. I’m a bit bemused at why Robbie Rogers continues to get call-ups, as there are plenty of wings\mids much more worthy of inclusion than him.