We debated. We argued. And finally, in the end, we somewhat agreed.
Together, we drafted our 23-man USMNT roster prediction for next year’s World Cup.
First, the rules: Chris and I took turns, but at times we deferred to one of our viewers to make a pick. To make the team, a player needed not only Chris and I to agree, but the bulk of our viewers as well (By the way… we need a name for our viewers. Someone come up with one, please!) We gave three slots to goalkeepers, eight to defenders, eight to midfielders, and four to forwards.
What we learned: The first 13 or 14 picks were pretty easy. No one really disagreed. After that, it became a bit of a shit show trying to finish this out. There were disputes. People were MAD.
We also learned we’re gonna see some big names left off this roster no matter what happens, especially in midfield.
In the end, this is our first stab at a roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Ethan Horvath
DEFENDERS (8): Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, DeAndre Yedlin, Omar Gonzalez, Jorge Villafana, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, DaMarcus Beasley
MIDFIELDERS (8): Christian Pulisic, Michael Bradley, Darlington Nagbe, Fabian Johnson, Kellyn Acosta, Paul Arriola, Danny Williams, Sebastian Lletget
FORWARDS (4): Bobby Wood, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris
So who missed out? Lots of guys who could make a pretty good case–Dax McCarty, Eric Lichaj, Greg Garza, Alejandro Bedoya, Dom Dwyer, Jesse Gonzalez, Kelyn Rowe, Emerson Hyndman, and more.
This was fun, so we’ll revisit this again a time or two before the actual roster is announced next year. By then, some of these guys will no doubt play their way in, and others will drop off Bruce Arena’s radar.
This wasn’t our only fun show this week! If you haven’t seen it yet, go check out our interview with former FC Dallas midfielder and new author Bobby Warshaw here. Take a look at my thoughts on my trip to the MLS All Star Game here. And remember, we’ll be back next Tuesday for another live show. See you then!