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Circling back on the Kyle Beckerman, Jermaine Jones and U.S. roster addition

Jun 15, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

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I know it was easy to connect the dots on Kyle Beckerman’s unexpected addition late Friday to the United States roster ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier. But remember, we can sometimes add 2 + 2 … and somehow come up with 5.

Beckerman plays holding midfield and was once a Klinsmann favorite before dropping down the depth chart last fall.

Jermaine Jones was out of the Tuesday’s big win over Panama and is still being worked slowly back into the practices according to concussion protocol. So the natural assumption was that Jones’ odds for a quick lineup re-introduction must be falling.

Not according to U.S. Soccer. I talked to press officer Michael Kammarman late Friday. He told me Jones (pictured with the power sno-fro) was moving along the official post-concussion protocol steps without issue so far. The expectation, he said, was that Jones would be ready by Tuesday.

That could change, of course. But as of now Jones’ recovery is moving apace.

So why add Beckerman? As Kyle Bonn told you yesterday, some of this is just logistics. Beckerman is nearby and available. It’s also about common sense. Injuries had left the United States’ roster one short of the maximum 23 men on roster.

So there was no real reason not to add hard-working RSL midfielder, if only for all the cover possible.

  1. nygiantstones - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    I’d rather have Cameron start against a weak Honduras to continue building rapport with Bradley. Beckerman is complete rubbish and shouldn’t see an international roster at this point. I also would like to see Jones phased out for Cameron, as he seems to me to be more of a thug in midfield than actually skillfull. Let’s see Klinsman actually transform our team into skillfull attackers.

  2. schmutzdeck - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    JK isn’t transforming any of these players. They become what they are at their clubs BEFORE they ever get to the USMNT.

    His job is to evaluate what they can do for the US and find ways to take advantage of that.

    Cameron does not need to build rapport with Bradley. That particular relationship, if it is to be used going forward, needs to be tested against smarter, stronger teams than Panama and an undermanned Honduras. A guy like Schweinstieger isn’t going to let Cameron run around like that.

    Cameron may eventually phase out Jones but not this cycle. Cameron is a very good athlete. The big difference is Jones is a very good, very smart and very experienced soccer player, tough as nails and utterly devoted to the USMNT.

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