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Clarence Goodson has a number of things going for him in terms of continuing his run with the USMNT. His height makes him both an offensive weapon on set pieces and a good center back choice against teams that the U.S. will have to bunker down against.
He is an experienced international and has earned 33 caps with the national team.
He is also the captain of his club, Brondby, which shows his leadership abilities.
So why might he miss the roster?
Goodson showed in his last outing with the U.S., against lowly Antigua and Barbuda, that his slight frame and lack of pace make him susceptible to speedy or strong forwards. This was not a new revelation to USMNT fans who have seen Goodson exposed in the past.
Goodson’s club is also in trouble as Brondby sits 12th out of 12 in the Danish Superliga and faces relegation.
As the U.S. moves forward into the hexagonal, the U.S. is going to be forced to look at new center back options which could include Omar Gonzalez, George John, Alfredo Morales, Zak Whitbead, Seb Hines or John Anthony Brooks among others.