May 24, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT
Corey Ashe’s late addition to Jurgen Klinsmann’s roster for the camp set to launch Sunday forms a more complete picture of what the depth chart looks like ahead of the important matches set of five.
Some quick notes:
This reflects only the players in camp, which opens Sunday in Cleveland, site of next week’s friendly against Belgium. And it reflects only those who have played in the outside back previously for Klinsmann, or those who regularly call the outside back spot a home (like the just-added Ashe).
Speaking of next week’s match in Cleveland, whoever gets the assignment Wednesday against Belgium had better lace up the boots tightly. Eden Hazard, who just finished an outstanding first year at Chelsea, will be on patrol on one wing, probably along the left. Wherever he lines up, it won’t be an easy evening for someone in the U.S. shirt.
Ashe was added as extra cover because Fabian Johnson (pictured) will not join the team until it arrives into D.C. for the June 2 friendly; his German club remains involved in relegation playoffs.
Yes, there is always a chance that that a wild card finds his way into the lineup at right or left back. It seems unlikely for the two friendlies ahead, considering the power of Germany and Belgium. (Yes, Belgium; if you haven’t been paying attention, this is a fantastic young team these days.)
But later, in one of the two qualifiers on U.S. soil in June? Sure could be. Would it shock anyone to see a Brek Shea or even a Graham Zusi line up along the back line as the United States looks to unlock what will surely be a zipped up, defensive approach? This is Klinsmann, after all; the man tends to be unpredictable.
Evans is a midfielder for Seattle but has lined up as an outside back previously for the United States.
What the ordering seems to be … :
- 1. Geoff Cameron
- 2. Fabian Johnson
- 3. Michael Parkhurst
- 4. Brad Evans
- 1. Fabian Johnson
- 2. DaMarcus Beasley
- 3. Edgar Castillo
- 4. Corey Ashe
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