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Klinsmann adds reinforcements for Tuesday’s match vs. Mexico

Sep 7, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

Clarence Goodson head shot

Reinforcements are en route for Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team – and the numbers are somewhat surprising as the U.S. manager has called in a foursome to assist in Tuesday’s high-profile qualifier against Mexico.

The list includes two from MLS and two from Liga MX: Tijuana midfielder Joe Corona, Tigres midfielder Jose Torres, Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis and San Jose Earthquakes defender Clarence Goodson (pictured).

Goodson has the best chance to start, especially given Anthony Brooks’ departure back to Germany. We talked more about that in the previous post on players with the best chance to fortify Tuesday’s U.S. lineup.

But it wouldn’t be totally surprising to see Torres in a creative role. He can also help retain possession – really, his specialty, more than playmaking – if Michael Bradley cannot play.

Given the number of players called in, and as U.S. Soccer announced late Saturday night that an MRI will be performed on Bradley’s injured ankle Sunday, we might guess that the important U.S. midfielder’s chances of playing are not great.

  1. rondempsey13 - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Reblogged this on Best Spokane Soccer Clubs and commented:
    Will the US show why they deserve to be in the 2014 Workd Cup

  2. hildezero - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    If Bradley ain’t playing, Klinsy should put in Beckerman to take his position and role. Not Torres, because he’s not that good.

    • merseysideoc - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:52 AM

      You can’t be serious with this comment…jar jar becks over torres? What are you smoking? Jar Jar is punching well above his weight at the international level. If you want to see the midfield collapse even worse than last night then jar jar is your man. We need to win this match not lose it.

      • braxtonrob - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:06 AM

        Ditto! merseysideoc is exactly right. Torres is WAY better than Beckerman.

        (We’re not going to Brazil to play Santos, we’re going to Brazil to play … BRAZIL)

    • braxtonrob - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:04 AM

      Torres is better than Beckerman, sorry.

  3. merseysideoc - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    I haven’t really been impressed with davis, not really sure what he adds to the team. Spector would’ve been a great call up with his experience in the hex and the fact he is seeing consistent playing time with the brummies. He adds another dimension of attack from the back and on the flanks and can also play a midfield role.

  4. handsofsweed - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Well, now we know why they call you “outlawsoccer.” You hijack soccer threads.

  5. flscouser - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Why did NBCSN interrupt live EPL action to show Obama’s statement on Syria. It wasn’t really breaking news and he didn’t say anything new. NBCSN is supposed to be a sports network, not an extension of NBC. I have already lost confidence in this new ‘sports’ network.

  6. flscouser - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    As long as DeMarcus Beasley is on the team we will continue to be a 3rd rate team. He is absolutely useless. what is Klinsmann thinking??

    • braxtonrob - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:10 AM

      He’s (Beasley) just playing out of position – he’s a midfielder (who would be good off the bench), but, ‘yes’, probably not a starter.

      Also, don’t be so hard on Beasley, he’s done GREAT things for us in WC’s (if you were paying attention that is).

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