Our 23 vs. Klinsi’s

Since Jurgen Klinsmann cut Landon Donovan while trimming his World Cup roster to 23 players this past week, Beemsville has run the reaction gamut:  disbelief, anger, sadness…  But mostly disbelief.  Veteran soccer commentators like Alexi Lalas and Grant Wahl will tell us an emotional reaction is to be expected (and it’s a good thing for U.S. Soccer); after all, Landon has been the face of the National Team for going on a decade.  He’s the greatest player our country has ever produced, scored more goals, had more assists, and come up clutch in big moments throughout his career.  Has he slowed down a step?  Sure.  But since he was quicker than virtually everyone else to begin with…  And since his game is also based on intelligence, technique, timing…  Well, we still can’t believe Jurgen made this call.

Still can’t believe we’re going to line up against Ghana in less than a month, and Number 10 won’t be on the pitch (or at least on the bench).  We’ve listened to a few podcasts, read a ton of articles, and from Taylor Twellman to Brian Sciaretta, we can’t find one person who thinks this was the right call.

What does this say about Jurgen?  He’s certainly a man with a plan.  He’s certainly said all kinds of stuff about earning it, competing, etc., but as Alexi Lalas said, it comes down to personal preference.  And that preference seems to favor the young, and untested.  The problem we have here, is it once again throws the coaching staff’s judgement into question.  Is Jurgen trying to win now or is this part of his construction plan for the next cycle?  Is this to make the World Cup more about him?   Because as of right now, every match played is a referendum on the Landon cut.

So let’s have a look at the Klinsmann 23 and compare it to the final Beemsville 23 from earlier this month:

Klinsmann’s

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Aron Johannsson and Chris Wondolowski

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Brad Davis, Mix Diskerud, Jermaine Jones, Graham Zusi and Julian Green.

DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, Fabian Johnson and DeAndre Yedlin

GOALKEEPERS (3): Tim Howard, Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando

 

Beemsville’s

FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Aron Johannsson and Chris Wondolowski, Juan Agudelo, Terrence Boyd

MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud, Jermaine Jones, Graham Zusi and Landon Donovan

DEFENDERS (7): DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron, Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, Fabian Johnson and Jay DeMerit

GOALKEEPERS (3): Tim Howard, Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando

 

Bold/Italics are the differences.  Yes, our picks include two more forwards and one fewer midfielder and defender.  Yes, we include veteran Centerback, Jay Demerit as our glue guy and late-game emergency defensive sub (and Jurgen never even gave Jay a look).  So if you replace Agudelo with Julian Green and DeMerit with one of the veteran defenders who was in camp (Clarence Goodson or Michael Parkhurst), you have a more conventional 23-man roster.

Regardless, and no surprise here – we’ll take the Beemsville 23.  What do you think?

Here’s our starting lineup with our group vs. Ghana:

————————————–Howard————————————

Chandler————–Cameron —————Besler————F. Johnson

———————–—————-Jones—————————————–

———Zusi——————————————————Donovan—–——–

—————————–Bradley———————————–

———————-Altidore —————–Dempsey———————

 

At least, this is who we’ll be going with in EA Sports World Cup Brazil 2014 on the PS3.

 

 

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