5 Players Who Should Be Jettisoned from USMNT
Now that the United States are out of the World Cup, it is time to look ahead to the future and how the Yanks can improve over the next World Cup cycle.
For that to happen, there are some players on the current roster that need to be let go for a multitude of reasons.
Whether it be age, ineffectiveness or younger, better players at the same position, these five players should be jettisoned from the team by manager Jurgen Klinsmann as soon as possible.
Making the 23-man roster for Brazil was a major career accomplishment for lifelong Major League Soccer veteran Brad Davis. However, now that the tournament is over, his days in the red, white and blue should be limited.
Davis is known for his terrific left foot from set pieces and strong defensive work rate.
However, at 32, he just doesn't fit into the plans moving forward.
The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2016 Copa America Centenario will most likely be used by Klinsmann to see what he has in the American system, instead of bringing along veterans like Davis.
Throughout his career, Alejandro Bedoya has never been a superstar for the national team, but he has always provided a steady hand on the wing.
Although he is just 27, he may be out of the picture sooner rather than later because of his lackluster showing in Brazil and the crop of young players in the midfield.
As we will notice over the next four years, the talent pool in midfield is deeper than any other position. However, to have those players make a mark on the team, older guys like Bedoya must be let go.
Nick Rimando's name being on this list has nothing to do with him as a player and everything to do with the next generation of goalkeepers being produced by the United States.
At 35, Rimando was able to experience his first World Cup, which is something he deserved because of his terrific play at Real Salt Lake.
Now that the 2014 World Cup cycle is over, it is time for Rimando to make way for keepers like Sean Johnson, Bill Hamid and Cody Cropper to gain experience—and maybe a few starts—between the pipes.
It is going to be hard for Chris Wondolowski to get over his miss late in the second half of the Belgium game, but he may not get a chance to redeem himself for the Yanks.
With Aron Johannsson and Terrence Boyd in need of international experience over the next few years, Wondolowski's name could easily be left off Klinsmann's rosters for friendlies and international competitions.
At 31, the San Jose Earthquakes forward has plenty of time left in his career to score at the club level, but there are a few young players behind him on the depth chart that are much better than him.
DaMarcus Beasley put in a terrific performance in all four games in Brazil, but his time has come to retire from the national team.
The veteran of four World Cups is 32 now, and there is a very small chance he could stay on until 2018, but now seems like the right time for him to call it quits on the international stage.
With Klinsmann putting the focus on youth in the side, it may be time for Fabian Johnson, DeAndre Yedlin and Timmy Chandler to patrol the full-back positions for good.
Whenever Beasley does leave the Yanks, it should be on his own terms, which is something he deserves after an illustrious international career.
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