The U.S. Men’s National Team is still running hot on an 11-game winning streak after claiming their fifth Gold Cup title.
The recent performance of the so-called “B-team” has USMNT fans salivating into the deep pool of talent cultivated by coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his staff. An added benefit, and one that Klinsmann is constantly looking to cultivate, is all of the extra talent challenging each other and improving the overall quality of the entire lot.
The depth of the player pool comes with a challenge: Klinsmann can only take 23 players with him to Brazil.
It makes it not easier for us coaches then going toward Brazil with more options because at the end of the day you can only take 23 to the tournament. It is a good challenge. It is a good thing to have now. It keeps everybody on their toes, no matter where they play. You think about a lot of the Europeans not being part of the Gold Cup. They know now there are a bunch of other players trying to break into this group.
Clearly, Klinsmann is pleased with the status of the current crop of USMNT players, and Klinsmann isn’t putting a cover on the pool just yet. There are still several players on the coach’s radar that could make a late run to catch the flight to Brazil.
Beginning with this edition of the Bubble Boys, we’ll look at the status of the national team pool by position using the general and highly flexible 4-2-3-1 formation. I will pick a few that seem to be a current lock for Brazil (Bubble Insiders) then go over the players still on the bubble—the Bubble Boys.
The goalkeepers are set: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando. An injury could shake this up, but for now there is no speculation needed at the keeper’s spot.
In this edition I will also speculate on a few players who have yet to play for the senior national side but could find their way on to the final 23-man roster—the Bubble Babies.