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US Squad for Wednesday’s Friendly @ Poland Announced

This friendly will mark the return of Cory Gibbs, injured in a pre World Cup tuneup in 2006 to the US squad. Gibbs was, prior to his injury the US’ best left footed defender.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Cory Gibbs (Charlton Athletic), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Eddie Lewis (Derby County)
FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Eddie Johnson (Fulham FC), Josh Wolff (1860 Munich)

Any thoughts on the squad?

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6 Responses to US Squad for Wednesday’s Friendly @ Poland Announced

  1. By Position

    I am surprised that Hahnemann is in this squad. Then again, who else can you get that isn’t going to have to make a trip across the Atlantic the week before MLS starts.

    I really want to see how Gibbs, DeMerit, and Pearce work in defense. I know they probably won’t start together, but I hope at one point in the game they play together. Gooch needs to never play in the National Team, he is just too much of a liability.

    The Midfield is even more of a surprise as I’m shocked that Houston and LA gave up Clark and Donovan so close to the start of the MLS season. I really want to see Bradley take some control in the holding role and not lose possession as he did against Mexico. Feilhaber…please explain to me why he’s near the National Team after not being able to get in the U-23 side?

    I don’t expect Ching to see much action in this one, but I really am interested to see how a combination of Wolff and Dempsey would play up front.

  2. bandeeto says:

    Regardless of how good Feilhaber should be at this stage of his career, he is not starting and is not in form. I’d rather see Kyle Beckerman on this squad than Feilhaber. I have no pity for a player that puts themselves in a bad situation, then KEEPS themselves there when they have a chance to get out. He could going through pre-season with an MLS team. I’m not saying MLS is as good as EPL. But MLS is better than Darby county, and way better than sitting the bench. Can he even make it on the bench any more? Other than Feilhaber, I’m liking this lineup.

  3. sjclash says:

    Goalkeepers: Both are quality, no complaints.

    Defenders: Nice to see Gibbs back but I would like to see a game Bocanegra free. Give some of the others a chance to play in the middle of the defense.

    Midfielders: Dempsey should be listed here not as a forward. It would be nice to have a game without Donovan, so the team would know how to play if he’s injured and keep him from getting complacent with a sure starters spot. This is where I think the U-23 players can add some depth and creativity.

    Forwards: Wolff and Johnson, you gotta be kidding me. How many chances have these guys gotten? Ching is nothing special but he can score occasionally. Dempsey is a better midfielder than striker. Why can’t we call up some unknown or untested players? What is risk, could they score less than Johnson and Wolff, who we have seen not scoring in numerous games. If Bradley is going to call up Feilhaber who is a bench warmer then why not Charlie Davies, Ferrari, K. Hill, Jemal Johnson, Johann Smith, or Jeremiah White. Best case scenario is somebody might do well, worst case they do poorly and you never see them again. I don’t mean to rant but we need strikers, why is Bradley sticking with what doesn’t work and not even trying to fix the problem? Now is the time to experiment, not have a useless stiker reunion.

  4. eplnfl says:

    Well with the U23 qualifying just ended and with the start of the MLS season you can see how fixture congestion really hurts squad development. While a Captain America type like myself will be disappointed with a defeat, experience is the key. Get tough, play hard, learn some things.

  5. YankeeRam says:

    Can’t say I have any issues with the Keepers or Defenders really. I don’t understand why Benny or Landon are in the squad. Benny is so off form and Landon is well, Landon and he cant even bother to show up for Mexico, he wont for Poland. Would like to see Jozy in the squad but his time will come.

  6. JustinR says:

    I have to say that Bradley and Clark played much better today. Against Mexico they were always out of position and giving the ball away left and right. Today they were much better in the midfield. Liked seeing LD and Dempsey in the midfield where they belong.

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