I understand that Jurgen Klinsmann is experimenting with his team, seeing who deserves a spot when the games actually matter, seeing who he can count on and seeing how he wants to set the team up.
Unfortunately, we have lost or drawn our last several matches (except for the Slovenia match, which was a very close thing). As these matches are just friendlies, these losses and draws do not bother me—even though I hate seeing us lose—as I understand the transitional process that we are in right now.
What does bother me is that average players such as Kyle Beckerman, Clarence Goodson and Michael Orozco have all received several caps under Jurgen Klinsmann while deserving young players such as Tim Ream, Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj can barely get a look into the squad.
The future of our US National Team is these young, talented players, and while I applaud Jurgen Klinsmann for bringing in promising young players such as Timothy Chandler, Brek Shea and Danny Williams to the squad, he continues to persist with mediocre defensive choices when young defenders with great talent and potential (such as the MLS Defender of the Year Omar Gonzalez) don’t even get a look in.
This next year should be a time for our young US players to get experience in International Football and prepare for the major tournaments to come, as the next round of tournaments will most likely be the last for several of our most important players on defense and in goal, including Tim Howard, Steve Cherundolo and Carlos Bocanegra.
What follows is what I believe should be the starting 11 and bench for the US National Team for the 2013 Gold Cup and the 2014 World Cup.