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Whom should Jurgen Klinsmann call in for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier vs. Mexico?

Sep 7, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

US midfielder Michael Bradley, in action last week during the team's 1-0 win over Italy. (AP Photo/Tanopress) US midfielder Michael Bradley, in action last week during the team's 1-0 win over Italy. (AP Photo/Tanopress)

A 23-man roster that seemed set for two matches has seen considerable shrinkage over the past few hours.

Michael Bradley’s ankle, rolled during pregame warmups Friday in Costa Rica, will be the most watched bone or joint in U.S. soccer over the next few days. The United States clearly needs its midfield brain to function at highest efficiency Tuesday at Crew Stadium against a reeling and vulnerable Mexico. (Well, it needs Bradley for pretty much every big match over the next few years – but we’re mostly just talking about Tuesday’s border battle for now.)

Those yellow cards to Geoff Cameron, Matt Besler and (most needlessly) Jozy Altidore will further shorten the list of potential selections. So … where will the presumed reinforcements come from?

  • Clarence Goodson is the most obvious man to call on. Even if Anthony Brooks is called into duty – a pretty big ask for the emerging Bundesliga man, making a World Cup qualifier debut against the region’s fallen giant – Goodson can still provide needed, veteran stability and cover. If Klinsmann doesn’t summon another center back, he takes a mighty risk; Michael Orozco or Michael Parkhurst would be the only other center back options, but using either one in the middle removes an outside back option, where the United States is already perilously thin. (Assuming Orozco remains an outside back option, considering his predictably wobbly night as a makeshift right back on Friday.)
  • The need to add another forward doesn’t seem quite as pressing. If Klinsmann does want additional cover, look for Alan Gordon or Chris Wondolowski from San Jose. However, removing Earthquakes’ teammate Goodson from San Jose’s weekend match, which would almost surely happen since the Quakes play late Sunday, less than 48 hours prior to U.S. kickoff in Columbus, might complicate the calculus on that one.
  • Will Bruin or Jack McInerney are further striker options, but considering their lack of minutes in the recent Gold Cup they seem highly unlikely ones.
  • If Bradley (pictured above) cannot get healthy in time, replacement options include Sacha Kljestan (not likely considering the travel involved) or Joe Corona (more likely considering the far less substantial distance.) The most likely scenario here seems to be Jones moving into Bradley’s linking role as we saw Friday, with Kyle Beckerman screening the defense. Or Jones could screen and Mix Diskerud would become the linking man.
  1. crazedwopdba - Sep 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Sasha tweeted he was in NYC to watch the game so actually he’s close enough for a call up.

  2. hildezero - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    If Bradley is not ready, then Klinsy should just use Beckerman to take his position or call up Klejstan to take his position.

  3. mkbryant3 - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Kljestan. If he’s called up while on a romantic NYC trip. Piss off the wife or piss off Juergen? Tough call man.

  4. outlawsoccer - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Sacha should have been there in jones place already
    bedoya is the guy to go with now.

    Beckerman and dixerud will be needed to replace Bradley

    Cameron and evans out we need goodson and besler is out
    so brooks starts also. forget outside inside put big strong fast dudes
    in there I don’t care if all are center backs.
    what we are doing is not WORKING KLINSMANN GET OVER IT.

    jozy out use aaron eddie is just not looking graceful dude.
    clint and landon were ok but not really all that

  5. outlawsoccer - Sep 7, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    aaron johannsson up front
    bedoya dixerud Donovan Dempsey
    goodson gonzalez brooks Beckerman Fabian

    johannsson is only a false 9 he has to come all the way back and defend
    we are playing to not allow a goal period.

    • braxtonrob - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Very good. I like A LOT of that.

    • boscoesworld - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      Five backs?

  6. futbol247365 - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Your calling for some pretty negative tactics outlaw. We are playing to win at home, not get draws bro.

    All you Guzan people sit down. Your obviously new to US Soccer so you get a pass this time. Far too early for a keeper switch. Just. Stop.

    • braxtonrob - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Guzan is our best GK’r, AND Tim Howard is WAY past his prime.

      Thanks for watching our USMNT, but you can stop now, clearly you’ve fallen behind.

      • boscoesworld - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        Tim Howard is 34. That is when keepers hit their prime. NO WAY there will be a goalie change. It was the players in front of him that failed. It’s always blame the keeper.

  7. braxtonrob - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    I like Bedoya and especially Jose Torres getting a start here.

    • boscoesworld - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      Jose Torres? He didn’t even get called in. Now I am sure you don’t watch this team much. Torres fell out of favor in the Gold Cup. He may never be called in again.

      • driftwood119 - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:56 AM

        Jose Torres got a call 10 minutes after the loss to Costa Rica. Never too late to correct a mistake. Maybe you should watch more and learn more!

  8. braxtonrob - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Oh, and Michael Parkhurst MUST start.

  9. boscoesworld - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Go with what clicked in the Gold Cup. Beckerman at holding mid and Mix in front of him.

  10. driftwood119 - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Pretty shallow analysis. Klinnsman called Jose Torres 10 minutes after the loss to Costa Rica! A left footer that will come inside to help and let Beasley attack out of the back up the flank. Rock and Roll, Baby. USA All THE WAY!

  11. merseysideoc - Sep 8, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Still dont get the love affair with jar jar becks. If you want a plethora of back passing and anti-football then he is your man. The midfield will surely collapse with jar jar. Should have called up spector for these two matches based on his experience in quals. He can play either mid or defense and bring attacks up the flanks.

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