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While many fans were extremely happy with many of Jurgen Klinsmann’s roster decisions, especially seeing names like Mix Diskerud, Joe Gyau, Terrence Boyd and Josh Gatt, Klinsmann’s defensive selections left much to be desired.
Instead of trying out some new players, the U.S. fielded Clarence Goodson and Geoff Cameron for most of the match at center back, and the pairing combined for a rather poor overall effort.
Goodson, in particular, who has suffered from some poor outings of late with the USMNT and has struggled with his club as well, may be on the outs with the national team. His performance on Wednesday was an absolute shocker.
With the World Cup only 18 months away, the U.S. needs to find some depth at center back and needs to do it right now.
Carlos Bocanegra is still the U.S.’ most consistent defender and its best leader, but at 33, may not even make it to Brazil.
Geoff Cameron shows promise, but still makes too many mistakes. He will still likely improve over the next year and a half, especially with more experience in the Premier League, but he has played primarily as a right back for Stoke City.
Maurice Edu has been listed as a defender on the last two U.S. rosters, but both times has been used in his normal center midfield role. More confusing, if Klinsmann is serious about giving Edu a run out at center-back, why did he replace Carlos Bocanegra, who was injured in the 16th minute, with Goodson and not Edu?
The best option right now is probably Omar Gonzalez, who has been playing very well with the LA Galaxy this season and was unavailable due to LA’s playoff run.
Another option is 6’7” John Anthony Brooks, another one of the many dual German-American nationals currently playing in the German leagues.
Finally, this game may have been a good time to look at Zak Whitbread, who just a year ago was playing center-back in the best league in the world.