Multiple news outlets reporting that Klinsmann is likely out as the USMNT coach and is off to Southampton for the same position.
Don't care too much about the roster for the third place game, so skipping ahead to the world cup.
In something that I'm not happy I got right, I'd like to hate myself for predicting JK would throw out Wondo, Beckerman, and Zusi. Zusi at least was defensible, but my working theory is that Wondo and Beckerman have dirty pics of Klinsmann somewhere. I've got to believe that they'll be too old for the WC though (or the pics will have expired or something).
The good news is we have the back 6 set for the WC.
Yedlin Cameron Brooks Johnson
Strikers also seem to be set (I'm assuming Dempsey stays despite age).
Dempsey as false 9, with Altidore getting injured and Wood as the other striker. Altidore will get injured. It's a major tournament.
The questions are in the midfield/wingers
Does Fabian move up? Pusilic? Do Julian Green/Zalelem put it together? Does Beckerman give his dirty pics to Nagbe?
Guess you could also add Morris as backup striker though I think he made fun of Klinsmanns hair, his fathers hair, and his grandfather hair. And Wondo didn't.
Anyone I'm missing?
Finally, if anyone has any good links/usmnt blogs, that'd be great. The ones I'm finding are pretty Bleacher Report-esque. In depth info would be appreciated. Thanks.
Bedoya, Jones, and Wood out. Who do you think replaces them, and do you think we switch formation?
Assuming we keep the same formation, options look limited at striker. Zardes, Wondolowski, and ?Pusilic?
If we move Zardes over -- which I don't like -- then we're replacing three midfielders. Dagbe looks like an obvious replacement, but who would be the other replacement(s)? Beckerman as a second DM?
My best guess: 4-2-3-1
Yedlin Cameron Brooks Johnson
Dagbe Deuce Zardes
With Pusilic coming on late as we're down.
Game #2 for the USMNT in Group A.
Time: 8pm ET
Where: Soldier Field
TV: FS1, Univision (Streaming Fox Sports Go & Univision Deportes en vivo)
USMNT Lineup (no changes from Colombia match)
Guzan, Yedlin, Cameron, Brooks, Johnson, Jones, Bradley, Bedoya, Zardes, Dempsey, Wood
Happy Friday, and Happy COPA America Centenario to all you soccer fans out there.
I found this article over at StarsandStripesFC, SB Nations USMNT & USWNT blog. I was totally unaware of this, but tonight's match vs. Colombia has bigger stakes than just group standings for COPA. America could be crowned the World Champions* with a win tonight!
Almost like the Championship belts in Boxing, or wrestling (for all you WWE fans out there), "Nasazzi's Baton" has been passed from country to country since the first World Cup in 1930.
...Yet not everybody viewed the title of world champions that way.
Some football fans imagined an alternative version of the world championship, viewing the honour the same way that titles are passed on in boxing. To become the world champions, they reckoned, you had to defeat the current holders of the title.
As such, Italy were not the "defending world champs" at the 1950 World Cup. Rather, England was the team putting the title on the line. They had defeated Scotland, who had defeated England beforehand, who had defeated Sweden, who had defeated Switzerland, and so on and so forth all the way back to Brazil, who had defeated the 1930 World Cup winners Uruguay in September of 1931.
Sure it's not really how this works (that's not how any of this works), but I found the idea to be fun. And while www.nasazzi.com isn't updated, Colombia's 3-1 win over Ecuador in a WCQ Match in March means they are the current holder of Nasazzi's Baton. With the USA is next in line to challenge.
So let's get 3 points and a Baton tonight! #USA #USA #USA!
And, last but not least, obligatory dog gif.
USMNT at Guatemala
TV: BeIn Sport & NBC Universo
World Cup Qualifying
Howard, Cameron, Gonzalez, Orozco, Castillo, Yedlin, Bradley, Bedoya, Dempsey, Wood
John Brooks sent back to Hertha, Besler suffered a concussion yesterday in training and Fabian Johnson not yet recovered from an injury suffered with Gladbach.