May 2, 2013, 8:10 PM EST
There is no question that George John is having an outstanding season with FC Dallas, a
significant hugely massive part of the reason Schellas Hyndman’s team is atop the league.
Hyndman says in this story John is “right on the edge” of the national team and that playing in MLS, nearer to Klinsmann, than others playing abroad or in Mexico, can only increase the big center back’s chances.
There are two problems for John (pictured, on the left).
First, he hasn’t been part of the camps or the call-ups. John did get summoned back in December of 2011 as Klinsmann arranged his initial winter camp for the following month. But a loan deal to West Ham emerged, which meant John needed to back out of the camp. That was probably the right decision, even if it didn’t lead to an outright purchase.
But as Klinsmann has emphasized getting players into camps to deliver the messages that, he hopes, will nudge the program off its current plateau, that choice probably dented John’s standing in the national team ordering. It’s nobody’s fault; it just is what it is.
The other issue is that center back is a position of relative strength now. In front of John are Omar Gonzalez, Geoff Cameron, Matt Besler and Clarence Goodson, plus Maurice Edu in a pinch and possibly even Michael Orozco Fiscal and Carlos Bocanegra.
All that said, the Gold Cup is coming up; it seems not so far-fetched that John would pop up on that roster.
Dec 20, 2014, 9:41 AM EST
Andy Carroll starts up top with Diafra Sakho, with Stewart Downing in support.
Dec 20, 2014, 9:36 AM EST
Citizens go level on points with Chelsea at the top of the PL.
Dec 20, 2014, 9:23 AM EST
United looks to keep back with their noisy neighbors this morning on NBCSN.
Dec 20, 2014, 9:08 AM EST
The NBC team discuss when Lamps may head stateside.
Dec 20, 2014, 8:11 AM EST
Sterling, 20, follows the likes of Rooney, Messi and Aguero after being named the best youngster in European soccer.
Dec 20, 2014, 7:20 AM EST
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Dec 20, 2014, 7:10 AM EST
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Dec 19, 2014, 11:20 PM EST
Harry Redknapp believes he could be Ravel Morrison’s “last chance” to prove he is ready to play top-flight football.
Dec 19, 2014, 10:25 PM EST
Since returning from injury, the England international has been key to United’s six-game win streak.
Dec 19, 2014, 9:40 PM EST
Rog and Davo are joined by Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael, who discusses her short stint selling hot dogs at St. Mary’s and the rivalry between Southampton and Portsmouth.
Dec 19, 2014, 8:50 PM EST
With 45 points through 17 matches, Bayern Munich is having the best season in Bundesliga history.
Dec 19, 2014, 8:00 PM EST
The opening weekend of MLS play features Orlando City SC and New York City FC facing off in a battle of expansion teams.
Dec 19, 2014, 7:10 PM EST
Newcastle and Sunderland may be bitter rivals, but their managers are telling supporters to behave on Sunday.
Dec 19, 2014, 6:20 PM EST
The Blues’ boss said his Belgian playmaker can become a Chelsea legend, but must win titles first.
Dec 19, 2014, 5:30 PM EST
England’s number one keeper finally put pen to paper with a new deal that will keep him at the Etihad until 2019.
Dec 19, 2014, 4:40 PM EST
The Leicester City boss was also fined $15,000 by the FA following his altercation with a fan.
Dec 19, 2014, 3:55 PM EST
CR7 and Howard, it seems, are among the few blessed with tons of talent and even more desire to work.
Dec 19, 2014, 3:20 PM EST
In the Premier League, Brad Guzan is tasked with keeping Manchester United off the scoreboard.
Dec 19, 2014, 2:05 PM EST
Orlando City founder and president Phil Rawlins described Shea as a big addition to the squad.
Dec 19, 2014, 1:43 PM EST
Altidore’s production for his country and in the Eredivisie prove he’s a much better player than his horrible spell at Sunderland.
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