Bob Bradley’s US Squad Stale and Predictable
Kyle Beckerman is among several outstanding players missing from Bradley’s recent call ups
With today’s announcement that the injury prone and ineffective DaMarcus Beasley has been added to the US squad going down the Guatemala for the most important match of the Bradley era, some suggestions for Coach Bradley. STOP CALLING THE SAME PLAYERS INTO THE NATIONAL TEAM IRRESPECTIVE OF CLUB FORM OR GENERAL QUALITY. In other words, Carlos Bocanegra’s performance for Rennes this past weekend is not a reason to call him in ahead of Michael Parkhurst, nor is the fact that Eddie Johnson has not played first team football in months a reason to call him ahead of Kenny Cooper.
After an outstanding first year on the job where Bradley capped almost 80 players, the coach has settled on a mostly comfortable selection of the same 22-25 players for every match. Here are some players that have earned a look with the national team during this cycle who may contribute more than regular Bradley selections.
- Michael Parkhurst: No question exists in my mind that Parkhurst’s adept sense of positioning would be an asset to a US side whose defensive performances have been among the worst by an American team in the last 15 years. Could replace Jay DeMerit
- Kenny Cooper: The favorite on Internet message boards, Cooper’s 6?3” frame in addition to his excellent touch on the ball (unlike most American strikers) makes him a natural at the national team level. Could replace Brian Ching.
- Jeremiah White: Speed kills and White has made his name in Denmark for it. Could replace Eddie Johnson
- Charlie Davies: At one time Davies was nothing but a speed merchant but these days he’s become a more technically gifted and useful player. Could replace Eddie Johnson
- Edson Buddle: Buddle is more than a flash in the pan. He’s begun scoring goals and creating chances with minimal service in tough situations. Could replace Eddie Johnson
- Marvell Wynne: We saw how good he is on the ball and in closing down attackers in China. The fact that he is behind Drew Moor in the player pool is simply laughable.
- Kyle Beckerman: One of the most technically gifted American players on the ball. Beckerman is outstanding in the attack but wouldn’t fit into Bob Bradley’s bucket. Maybe he could play out wide? Could replace DaMarcus Beasley or Clint Dempsey.
I am sure some other names should be on this list and am anxious to hear the thoughts of our readers.