May 26, 2010

ATTACK:

U.S. Calls on the Might of Herculez (Matthew Futterman, 5/26/10, WSJ)

During his tenure at the top Bradley has favored players who play abroad – only three Major League Soccer players dot this roster.

That might explain the mild surprise of seeing DaMarcus Beasley, who has had a down year with Glasgow Rangers but won back Bradley’s trust with a solid camp. He’s also been there before, and he’s in good company in the midfield, which is where the team’s stars, Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey play. Maurice Edu made the squad as a midfielder but is versatile enough to play in the back as well, while Benny Feilhaber could provide another scoring threat. Ricardo Clark could also see quality minutes. Left off was Alejandro Bedoya, a flashy 23-year-old with a bright future.

In the back, captain Carlos Bocanegra and Oguchi Onyewu, who has recovered from knee surgery, are the anchors. Clarence Goodson was tough as nails against the Czechs and will make his World Cup debut. He gets the nod over Heath Pearce and Chad Marshall. Pearce had a rough game Tuesday night, missing coverage on several occasions, and showed he isn’t quite ready for top international play yet. Jonathan Bornstein and Steve Cherundolo will be on the wings, and Stuart Holden, current master of the set piece, will also help in the back.


Go with a 4-2-2-2 (really a 4-2-4)

Altidore & Gomez

Dempsey & Donovan

Bradley & Clark

Holden/Onyewu/Edu/Goodson

Attack like heck up front with the central midfielders and central defenders holding down the fort and the outside backs on the defense providing service to the front four but getting back to cover the wings (no one in the soccer world exploits the width of the field the way they should).

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 26, 2010 2:18 PM
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