Thursday, May 22, 2014

The MNT roster is out!

Here's the short summary:

FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Aron Johannsson and Chris Wondolowski

MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Brad Davis, Mix Diskerud, Jermaine Jones, Graham Zusi and Julian Green.

DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, Fabian Johnson and DeAndre Yedlin

GOALKEEPERS: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando

Here's the shorter summary:

Landon Donovan is not on the roster!

Although I think everyone expected this, after Donovan's unusual "recess" from soccer a year ago, it was still a shock. Here's what Sporting News has to say:

The U.S. has minted only one Donovan. He is the greatest field player the United States has produced; a starter at three World Cups; a player with nearly every important offensive record in his nation’s history: goals, assists, World Cup goals.

Frankly, it's hard to see our roster terrifying anyone, but Klinsmann has been a miracle worker so far, so I'm just going to hold my breath and wait to see them play.

Meanwhile, of the players that did get picked, many are very young and are unfamiliar to me. Of the players I do know, my favorites are Bradley and Dempsey, but I like watching all of them.

It's hard to believe, but the opening match is 3 weeks from today! Here it comes!

Oh, and in other news, the greatest player on the planet over the last year injured his knee today.

1 comment:

  1. It is hard to believe that when you are 1-0 down with 15 minutes left against and you need to make a change that you wouldn't want to have Donovan as an option.