It’s hard to believe, but the World Cup is only a year and a half away. That means it’s time for a little speculation. Here are some thoughts on how the roster is taking shape and what we expect to see in South Africa:
After the Sweden match, Sacha Kljestan has taken the lead in the race to be Michael Bradley’s central-midfield partner, in most American fans’ eyes. But after Wednesday’s showing against Mexico, he only confirmed my worries about his play. He’s a decent attacking player, but he gives the ball away far too often. I think Torres will prove to be a better option. Bradley’s a good ball winner. Torres can actually hold and distribute.
As far as the left back situation goes, Pearce is losing his luster. In a defense that has performed very well for the US, he has been mediocre, at best. If he doesn’t start securing more playing time, I think we’ll have to swing Bocanegra out left.
Here’s what I’m thinking for 2010:
If Simek manages to stay healthy or Spector plays consisently (and on defense), either could challenge on the left. Put simply, Bocanegra, Onyewu, and Cherundolo will start–it’s up to a center back or left back to step up and fill out our back line.
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