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Ideas for Bob Bradley from Europe

davies 2001 Ideas for Bob Bradley from Europe

A busy critical summer period for the US National Team looms ahead. Coach Bob Bradley has a core of 25-30 players he’s looking at to fill 22 World Cup squad spots. The Confederations Cup and Gold Cups provide competitive atmospheres to test players without the pressure of World Cup Qualifying.

At the top of list for Bradley is to take at several European based youngsters who could contribute to the US cause.

Here is a list of European based players that should be called in for one of two tournaments.

Freddy Adu

Pretty much a lock for one of the two tournaments.

Danny Szetela

Why Szetela has disappeared from the US pool in the last year is a mystery. He probably fits Bradley’s 4-4-2 “bucket” system better than just about any other holding midfielder.

Frank Simek

The problems the US have on the backline demand another look at this under the radar player.

Jonathan Spector

Spector is probably in the mix anyway, and is versatile enough to fill in at left back, central defender or holding midfielder.

Benny Feilhaber

Too talented to simply write off.

Marcus Tracy

Has played very well with Aalborg. Having never been capped at the youth level is another feather in the cap of NCAA Soccer and the Wake Forest program or is it another dart for US Soccer’s scouting program of youngsters?

Jemel Johnson

Another uncapped player who is a survivor of the lower leagues in England. Can play on the flank or up front.

Sal Zizzo

Can still provide depth on the right side where Clint Dempsey has virtually no quality cover.

Kamani Hill

A versatile player whose club career has been disastrous but who still has the poise and technical skill to contribute.

Charlie Davies

The only consistent American goal scorer in Europe. Needs reps with Jozy Altidore or Brian Ching to develop chemistry before the World Cup.

Michael Parkhurst

He was good enough for Peter Nowak to burn an over age spot for the Olympics but seemingly never good enough for Bradley’s selections. This does not make sense.

Luis Robles

Behind Tim Howard, the US goalkeeping pool hasn’t been so poor since before the 1989 World Youth Championship when Kasey Keller burst on the scene as a capable backup to Tony Meola. Robles may not play consistently, but can you really trust Brad Guzan to step up if Howard is out injured?

Jeremiah White

His one token appearence for the US against Sweden last year was inconclusive. A player who consistently gets first team action in a decent league cannot be totally ignored.

Zac Whitbread

We haven’t seen this kid since 2005 in the U-20s when he was still on Liverpool’s books. He’s become a consistent first teamer for Milwall as they chased promotion to the Championship.

Clarence Goodson

Playing consistently well for his club side. Can add depth on the backline.

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A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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5 Responses to Ideas for Bob Bradley from Europe

  1. Joey Clams says:

    Bradley has no clue. The team will barely qualify after losing three straight and then get stepped on in the World Cup.

    Gulati will blame the failure on white people. And he’ll be right.

  2. PN says:

    I think Bill Gaudette (USL-1) would be a better fir for 2nd GK, at least much better than Luis Robles.

  3. LI Matt says:

    Frank Simek

    The image that pops into your mind when you hear the phrase “Sheffield Wednesday fullback” is accurate.

  4. adam says:

    Bradley already has his 22 for South Africa. Posts like this while well argued make no impression on a clueless manager whose sole asset is his cronyism.

  5. Jose says:

    Sorry but I’ve got to call you out for a really dumb article. You just named off a bunch of young Americans in Europe that anybody knows about by reading Soccerybyives, and then added a few bonehead posts.

    Seriously with the goalkeepers? Guzan has shown his stuff well in MLS, with the nats, and in the games he’s gotten with Villa. But wait, if he can’t play Bradley could call on Brad Friedel, Villa’s starter, Marcus Hahnemann, Troy Perkins, or even some MLSers like Matt Reis. In fact, I don’t think it’s far off to say that the U.S. has one of the deepest national goalkeeping pools after Spain. The only person farther off than you is the previous poster, “PN” who suggests some USL keeper. WTF? Yeah and the Netherlands should bench Arjen Robben for Dave van den Bergh…

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