Jurgen Klinsmann: 5 Overlooked Soccer Players He Should Consider
Out with the old in with the new. In the early stages of the Klinsmann era we have seen a number of players called into camp who had been in the National team wilderness for awhile. Keeping with that trend here are 5 players Klismann needs to call into the next camp. Whether they are uncapped or have been stuck in the wilderness with Bob Bradley, these 5 players can really add something to the squad.
Chris Rolfe has not been on the national team since the 2009 January camp. However, he now seems less injury prone and is putting his career back on track in Denmark. After five years in the MLS with the Chicago Fire, Rolfe moved across the ocean in 2009 to Danish power house Aalborg. While injury slowed him down at the begin of his European adventure, he has since settled and has a few goals to show for it. While not a prolific goal scorer for Aalborg yet, with the lack of depth at the forward position, it would not hurt Klismann to consider Rolfe.
A center piece of the Norwhich defense, Zak Whitbread has seen time in the youth ranks of the national team, but not the senior team. After a solid five years in the Millwall defense, his transfer to Norwhich was quickly followed by a promotion to the Premier League. At the age of 27, he will bring experience into the U.S. backline. His inclusion into the squad would also allow Klinsmann to shift Carlos Bocanegra to left back, a major problem area in the squad.
This may seem like a no brainier, but Brad Guzan has been passed over lately, so he has seen little playing time behind Shay Given at Villa. However, there is no doubt that if Tim Howard went down, Guzan would be the man to step up. Keepers need time with their back four to build a relationship with them. With the gradual phasing out of older defenders and introduction of younger ones, Guzan may be losing that relationship.
Depth, it's what separates great teams from good teams, and with Michael Parkhurst you are getting quality depth at center back. The 27-year-old who marshals the backline for FC Nordsjaelland was part of the 2009 Gold cup runner up team. While Denmark is not the best of leagues it is still solid, and regular playing time there should warrant him a call up to try and replace the likes of Jay DeMerit and Oguchi Onyewu on the depth chart in the heart of the U.S defense.
Diego Chavarri is a who 22-year-old can play in defense or on the wing and would certainly bring a different style of play into the national team set up. He has expressed his desire to play for the U.S., and would certainly bring that Latin American style of play. He is one for the future and needs to be called up and into the set-up so when his time comes he is familiar with his surroundings.
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Although Onyewu is already a member of the team it is important to point out that if can find consistent playing time and his fitness again, he could be a huge lift to the backline of the national team.