US national team, Arena focuses on Dempsey
No other american player has played a fundamental role in the fortunes of the National team of the USA as Clint Dempsey, and head coach Bruce Arena is hoping that the months stop recently put to the shoulders from the texan have left indelible marks.
Dempsey, 34, does not go on the field with the National stars and stripes for almost 9 months and has only played 180 minutes with his Seattle Sounders when an arrhythmia cardiava has forced the company to stop it last August. But the americans need at least 4 points in the next two qualifying matches against Honduras (march 24) and Panama (28 marz0), and Dempsey has a habit of scoring crucial goals in the match that count. The rest he was there in the field in the Copa América Centenario 2016 (3 goals), in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup (7), and the 2014 World cup (2 goals, in addition to the 8 in the qualifications).
“Clint has a history second to none,” explained Arena.
And so Dempsey, who until a few weeks ago seemed out of the loop, is at the top of the list of 24 players called that from next week they will play for the qualification to the world championships, which the US have always participated in the 1990 edition in Italy, but that after the defeats in the first two matches of the CONCACAF Hexagonal against Mexico and costa Rica, is starting to look complex. Defeats that cost the bench coach Jurgen Klinsmann, sostitutio in the Arena, who had already driven the USA to the 2002 and 2006 World cups, and that, in January, has staked a lot on the other players in MLS, having not yet had the opportunity to see first-person those based in Europe and Mexico. But the Arena is secular, on the theme: “The approach to these match for us is simple. We want to win,” he said.
Of the 24 called, only 13 were part of the group defeated in November by costa Rica. Many others, including Jorge Villafaña, Walker Zimmerman, Sebastian Lletget and Dax McCarty, who were come out of the round with Klinsmann are the result of the performance put on display in the winter retreat. “It's a flexible group, whose rational is to win the next two games. But we also called the young people who will be part of the important of the future programme of the National”
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Here are the 24 called:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Nick Cross Reference (Real Salt Lake)
Arena focuses on certainties. Howard, returned from injury, appeared already in the form in the first played with the Colorado Rapids, but Nick Reference, however, seems to be a step above, because Guzan is a veteran of the many benches with Middlesbrough.
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Defenders: John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (Seattle), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas)
Fundamental was the return of Geoff Cameron, absent in the National team since October due to injury, and returned to the field with the Stoke City on the 26th of February in the role of midfielder, while the Arena, he prefers the centre of defence, alongside the one between Brooks and Gonzalez, Orozco, and Zimmerman back up.
the problem, as always, is in the full-backs. DeAndre Yedlin was injured with Newcastle last march 3, and Eric Lichaj has problems. The Arena would prefer Fabian Johnson in the midfield, but in view of the emergency you may recall, on the back, with Beasley, always in shape despite the age, of the other part. Villafaña has done well in January, but has no experience, while Ream has but against the fast lempiras is better in the middle.
Absent from the list Matt (Steve Birnbaum, Greg Garza, Timmy Chandler, and Graham Zusi. Chandler disqualified, while despite having tried Zusi right-back in January, in his new role in Sporting KC, prefer other.
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— Walker Zimmerman (@thewalkerzim) March 15, 2017
Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
In the middle there is a broad choice for Arena. Lletget has exposed all of its energy already in the camp in January, while Nagbe seems to have passed in the hierarchies, Benny Feilhaber and Sacha Kljestan.
Acosta is doing great things with FC Dallas, and its growth in the midst of confirming the concerns of many on the choice of Klinsmann to move to the wing. In front of the defense, we will certainly have Michael Bradley, seen also Jones will be suspended for the first against Honduras, But the move is more important to give rena will be relative to the location of Christian Pulisic. The 18-year-old star of Borussia Dortmund is in great form (scored in the Champions league this week, and has already scored 5 goals and 8 assists in the season. Dortmund play on the wing, but the coach wants him in the middle of where the ill-eha done in the matcj with Mexico, where, however, the responsibilities were mainly of Klinsmann and his improvising with a back three.
Always make the list of the absent, are left out of Kljestan, Feilhaber, Kyle Beckerman, Paul Arriola and Julian Green.
Release: Bradley and Altidore called into United States National Team
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Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Bobby Wood (Hamburger SV)
With Dempsey in health, the choice was easy. The four in the list are clearly the best of a group, however, very limited at the level of the National. On the basis of the shape, coupled in a 4-4-2 it should be formed from Wood and Altidore, but the Arena svarierà. For example, in a 4-3-3 we could see is the Wood that Morris in support of Dempsey, to understand, then, that the roles will Pulisic, or even Johnson. Then there is the tradition: in his career Dempsey has made 4 Honduras, Altidore two. But Wood comes from, scoring 9 goals in 23 matches with Hamburg, and just on Saturday he scored the winner against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
On the Dempsey Arena went direct: “he Has great days ahead of you. Great progress has been made in the preparation phase and in the two games giocae conS eattle. We think it can help us in these match, maybe even in a reduced role, but he is a player with a fantastic story made up of goals and opportunities. Have him with us is precious.”