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thenry712
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Best USMNT Roster For Hexagonal

I'm bored at work, and came up with the best 23 man roster using typical numbers for each position.

Goalkeepers:

Tim Howard
Brad Guzan
Nick Rimando

Defenders:

Fabian Johnson
Steve Cherundolo
Geoff Cameron
Omar Gonzalez
Carlos Bocanegra
Matt Besler
Timmy Chandler
Eric Lichaj

Midfielders:

Michael Bradley
Landon Donovan
Danny Williams
Graham Zusi
Joe Corona
Josh Gatt
Sacha Kljestan
Jermaine Jones

Forwards:

Jozy Altidore
Terrence Boyd
Herculez Gomez
Clint Dempsey

Lichaj is normally a right-back, but for this he would be the second option at left-back. I trust him over Edgar Castillo. I can't put in Stuart Holden, because of the prolonged injury situation.
Wondolowski and GAM could replace Gomez depending on form.
This post was edited on 12/4 at 11:02 pm



TN Bhoy
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re: Best USMNT Roster For Hexagonal
No Edu


tsmi136
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re: Best USMNT Roster For Hexagonal
How much of this is what you are expecting vs hopeful? I only ask this because of Donovan.

ETA: okay I see best in the title.
This post was edited on 12/4 at 10:25 pm


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thenry712
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re: Best USMNT Roster For Hexagonal
It was either cut Edu or cut Jones. Jones is actually playing for his team, so he begrudgingly gets the nod. I can't stand his play with the national team.


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bluebarracuda
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re: Best USMNT Roster For Hexagonal
quote:

I'm bored at work


quote:

10:22 p.m.


Well I would hate to have your job...
This post was edited on 12/4 at 10:32 pm


cwil177
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re: Best USMNT Roster For Hexagonal
Where you work thenry?


Vicks Kennel Club
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re: Best USMNT Roster For Hexagonal
I think I would put in Edu over Besler as a defender, but I doubt either would see much playing time. Not entirely sure of the formation, but I could go with a 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 or whatever. This is probably our best 11 IMO.

Starting lineup:

Howard

Johnson
Dolo
Cameron
Boca/Gonzales

Bradley
Donovan
Williams
Zusi

Altidore
Dempsey


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thenry712
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re: Best USMNT Roster For Hexagonal
Part time at the San Antonio Express-News putting in high school sports stats.


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Harry Pitts
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re: Best USMNT Roster For Hexagonal
Howard
Johnson/Cameron/Goodson/Cherundolo
Williams/Jones/Bradley
Dempsey
Gomez/Altidore

away to honduras, gomez due to his defensive workrate...a draw in San Pedro Sula would be a great start to the campaign



thenry712
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re: Best USMNT Roster For Hexagonal
Playing two true defensive mids just invites opposing pressure. It's what killed us in Jamaica on a shitty field. Who knows what the conditions will be in Honduras in February? If Williams is playing, Jones should not be on the field and vice versa. Bradley acting as a deep lying playmaker is enough defensive cover.

I also have no faith in Clarence Goodson at this point. That penalty he gave up in Russia was moronic and in a long line of recent defensive gaffes.

I'd much prefer us to play with two true center forwards to allow Jozy to get on the ball more often. Unfortunately Klinsmann prefers a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 which leave Altidore isolated without constant service. If we had a midfield trio that could retain possession with simple passing (i.e. not Jones and Edu), then a 4-3-3 would work.

Ideal 4-2-3-1:

Howard

Johnson-Cameron-Gonzalez-Cherundolo

Williams-Bradley

Dempsey-Kljestan (Zusi or Corona)-Donovan

Altidore

Having Bradley in the hole and a confident playmaking center mid like Kljestan (or Zusi or Corona) would solve the black hole that has developed between our midfield and Altidore recently. Watch Kljestan's assist in the Anderlecht game today. It's a pinpoint curving through pass; quality totally missing from our games recently.

In an old Bob Bradley bucket 4-4-2

Howard

Johnson-Cameron-Gonzalez-Cherundolo

--------Williams-Bradley---------

Dempsey--------------Donovan--

---------Boyd---Altidore----------
This post was edited on 12/4 at 11:38 pm


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Sheep
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replace Gomez




I'm starting to wonder if Gomez hasn't convinced Jurgy that he's part German, like Mario Gomez.


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StraightCashHomey21
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no MLS is a start for me


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etm512
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re: Best USMNT Roster For Hexagonal
I like it but right now I'd go with GAM over Gatt on the wings


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Crede15
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re: Best USMNT Roster For Hexagonal
Gomez is pretty much a lock and rightfully so, he's been easily our best striker lately.

Overall I like the roster. I think GAM will make it and I'd probably take him over Boyd at this point because of his ability to play on the wing if we need him (I'm basically taking the view that we can't rely on Landon at this point). I wouldn't even be against Beasley being included to give a little bit of left-sided width off the bench, but that's not likely to happen.


cwil177
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re: Best USMNT Roster For Hexagonal
If we went with a 4-2-3-1, where would y'all prefer to see Bradley? I like the stability and his passing ability out of the back (he can certainly start an attack better than Jones and Williams), but he's proven time and time again that he's dangerous up top (Guate, Scotland, Russia, Slovenia, Mexico, etc)


BobLoblaw
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re: Best USMNT Roster For Hexagonal
If we set out with 3 center mids and Bradley is the most attack minded it's an issue for me. Bradley has been great going forward since his Herenveen days but he tends to sit deeper with the US and prefer to start attacks/make late runs out of midfield. I remember back in the 'veen days he was knocking goals in for fun with his club and some were calling for him to play behind the striker(s), but it was like he was determined to play defensively under his dad.


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WarSlamEagle
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re: Best USMNT Roster For Hexagonal
The back. I still want some of his defensive ability, providing pressure and intercepting balls.

But the cat is versatile.


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etm512
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To me he could still be box to box as a CDM. He has a pretty mean long shot. Plus he is great as disrupting the attack on the other end. Deuce is best in the withdrawn attacker role in that formation IMO.


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BobLoblaw
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re: Best USMNT Roster For Hexagonal
I would probably leave Besler, Corona and either Boyd or Gomez out for Heath Pearce, Mix (stubear if healthy) and GAM, but a solid list nonetheless.


cwil177
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re: Best USMNT Roster For Hexagonal
Why Heath Pearce?


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