Today marks one month till the USMNT puts its World Cup future on the line. Who makes the team? That’s anyone’s guess, but there’s a good chance you start deciphering USfanTV’s guesses by reviewing our depth chart predictions.
Each week, we’ll name the top guys at each position. Last week, it was the goalkeepers. This week, we’re going defenders.
NOTE: We named players where we think they fit best, rate best or have the best chance of making the team, in what we believe is Bruce Arena’s estimation (with personal bias sometimes intentional). If a player fits in more than one position, we only named him in his #1 spot.
Around 10 minutes before the show, Chris and I had no idea what we were gonna talk about. As you might have noticed, there isn’t much going on in the US Soccer world. So we jotted down a couple topics and hit the button to go on the air.
That’s where you guys came in. We’re at the point where you give us so many good (and sometimes funny) questions during the show we can just sit there and chat.
We couldn’t avoid it. We normally only talk about soccer that has something to do with the United States of America–our national teams, MLS, Liga MX to some degree, our guys in the Bundesliga and the Premier League. But we HAD to open last night’s show with a quick discussion about lovable pie-eating bastard Wayne Shaw, who had just lost his job after turning a quick on-camera pie into a betting scandal during Sutton’s FA Cup match against Arsenal. #JeSuisWayneShaw
With that out of the way, we were joined by Simon Preston of Reggae Boyz Commentary to break down the CONCACAF U20 tournament thus far, and, specifically, the two matches our boys have played. Simon gives a preview of what we can expect in Friday’s match against St. Kitts and Nevis, a team he knows well.
Plus, we look at the recent decision by Liga MX to put matches on Facebook Live with English-language announcers. Pretty cool move.
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We’ve had a number of discussions lately at USfanTV about who makes the cut for the March World Cup Qualifiers. From which MLSers may have earned a spot in the January camp to which European-based players we’re sure will be in the 23 (you can watch that here), we’ve spent a lot of time wondering aloud who will take the field on March 24th and 28th.
To that end, we’re naming our USMNT depth charts for the first quarter of 2017.
In a very special Valentine’s Day edition of USfanTV Live, we welcome back Clint Dempsey, whose heart was deemed ready for real matches. So, I guess, all US Soccer fans received a special heart on this special day. Sorry. That was terrible. I suppose I could backspace over all of this right now and start over, but I won’t.
On last night’s show we talked about Deuce (and when we might see him back), Christian Pulisic’s 10-minute performance in the Champions League against Benfica, and Fabian Johnson, and whether he’s better as a midfielder or as a left back.
In case you missed it, go check out our Valentine’s Day cards Chris has prepared for you on our Instagram. It’s @usfantv, or you can just look slightly to the right if you’re reading this on usfantv.com. Some of them are quite funny. Others? Eh….
We dove into the USWNT a bit last night, after Hope Solo was quoted as saying Jill Ellis was a “poor leader” on a 60 Minutes Sports piece. Is Hope ever gonna play for this team again? Is she just stirring up controversy for (what appears to be) an upcoming reality show? And why was Megan Rapinoe left off the She Believes roster? We answer all those questions, along with a bunch of random one you guys sent in. Thanks to everyone who watched live, and to everyone who watched us since. We appreciate it!
I don’t hate the new jersey. You know what I do hate? When I was texting photos of the jersey to Chris, autocorrect wanted to make “new jersey” into “New Jersey” every time, like it was a new, Sopranos edition of the USMNT jersey. Hell, maybe it is. Maybe it’s just a blood soaked white jersey. Maybe I’ll get “Moltisanti #99” on the back.
But seriously, I don’t hate it–I just miss seeing a new design from Nike and thinking, “I have to go spend $90 on that the day it comes out.” We talk about the jersey, Clint Dempsey’s comeback, Bobby Wood (with the official Bobby Wood song), Fabian Johnson, Julian Green, and Grant Wahl’s excellent podcast with Sunil Gulati. For having a whole lot of nothing to talk about, it turned out to be a pretty good show.
The next time the USMNT takes the field, we’ll have our 2018 World Cup hopes riding on it. So, sure, last night’s win was technically meaningless, but it’s still better than another goalless draw or a loss hanging over our heads.
At the beginning of Camp Cupcake, I said if no one got hurt, Bruce found a guy or two who could help the full men’s national team in March, and we gained a bit of confidence going forward, it would be a success. And it was. There were no serious injuries. I think Jorge Villafana, Darlington Nagbe, and USfanTV’s favorite duo Benny Feilhaber and Sebastian Lletget (#BennyandLletget) all did themselves favors moving forward. And a win is a win, even if it’s a USMNT C team against a Jamaica C team on turf in Tennessee.
We talked about all this last night on USfanTV Live, which, in case you missed it (and really, why would you?), is posted above for your convenience. Thanks for watching, subscribe if haven’t, and we’ll see you Tuesday night!
The final match of Camp Cupcake kicks off tonight in Chattanooga, as Bruce’s boys go for their first win (and first goal) of his second tenure as coach. We gave our picks on who will play–and who we’d like to see play–last night on USfanTV Live.
Join us tonight after the match on our YouTube channel, where we’ll either be bitching or celebrating. Maybe both, who knows.