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The SBI Q&A (March 16 edition)

Photo by Jeff Swinger/USA Today Sports

Photo by Jeff Swinger/USA Today Sports

With World Cup qualifiers around the corner, and MLS now in full swing, it’s a perfect time for an SBI Q&A.

SBI editor-in-chief Ives Galarcep will be answering reader questions on Wednesday, and taking on topics ranging from the USMNT to MLS to European soccer and even pop culture questions about movies and TV shows.

Submit your questions in the comments section below and Ives will answer them. Unlike past Q&As, responses will appear directly in the comments section here, so be sure to check back in throughout the day as questions get answered all day Wednesday.

Send your questions our way!

49 comments
  • USMNT

    Who do you see as the next few players who will make there national team debuts this year?

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  • sregis

    All else aside, do you believe Pulisic is good enough to contribute to the u-23’s?

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    • Ives Galarcep

      It would seem to be a no-brainer given the fact he has earned minutes for Borussia Dortmund’s first team (in some big matches at that). He hasn’t been playing lately though so no sure he would step in and make an impact in the Colombia playoff. His time with the national team will come though.

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  • Gilby

    Do you see the Sounders adding a DP in the primary window or waiting until summer?

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    • Ives Galarcep

      I would expect them to add one this window, especially if their early-season struggles carry on. It should be noted though that there would probably be significantly better talent available in the summer window.

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  • SBI TroII

    Would the potential AC Milan move be a good fit for Julian Green or should he set his sights somewhere like the Dutch league where he will get a better chance for playing time?

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  • Bryan Girkins

    would you have Yedlin and JAB play with the U-23s? or bring them in for WCQs?

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  • out with old

    Paul arriola is getting a good amount of mins these days, will he be apart of the Olympic qualifiers

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    • Ives Galarcep

      I would bet on Paul Arriola being on the U-23 squad for the Colombia playoff. He’s playing well and gives you something different in attack.

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  • 87SS383

    What’s the likelihood of MLS transitioning into the World Football season model? i.e. late summer-spring season, to better align with the various international tournaments (as we just saw the MLS sides crash out of the CCL with no game fitness).

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  • out with old

    Sonora started and played 90 mins with Stuttgart II the other day and Perez is playing for fiorentina reserves, how close are they to first team mins? It seems both have been impressive so far.

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  • Iggy

    Now that FIFA admitted WC votes were sold (at least for 2010), what are the realistic chances we see something happen for 2018/ 2022? Of course they have said these bids are solid, but it’s the same voters casting votes as 2010.

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  • Beto

    USSF has always, for years now, released their rosters really late, often weeks after the opposition. I recall a time or two where we found out the roster as the players were in transport to the stadium.. Is this a tactic or some kind of pr mistake at USSF?

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  • out with old

    Will Y is looking pretty good for Leon so far this year, is there a chance he might pick up a start in these qualifiers or a friendly before the copa this summer

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  • SBI TroII

    Do you think Leicester City could make the top four in the Bundesliga or La Liga?

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  • Gilby

    Does Hercules Gomez end up retiring or signing with an MLS squad for one more year?

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  • Old School

    MLS Question: Do you have any sources that indicate when can we expect a soccer specific stadium for NYCFC?

    The pitch size is an embarrassment, the quality looks absolutely horrible on TV and fails to showcase the league in such a big market with notable names.

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  • Max

    Have you heard any rumors about a CCV loan move? Seems like he’s at the point he needs first team minutes but with Tottenham sporting the best defense in the Premier League he probably won’t see many minutes there.

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  • Ralph

    Any word as to why Tim Ream has fallen out of favor with Fulham’s manager? Has there been any specific issues spoken of?

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  • John Cocktosen

    You’re “Oh, what-might-have-been best 11.”

    That is, somewhere in a parallel universe these players are playing for the USMNT and a Champions league team. But in this universe, injuries, choices and happenstance never happened.

    Players in the pool: Rossi, Mathis, O’Brian, Subotic, Davies, Donovan, Gooch, Adu?!, Carlos Salcido?!, Renken?!, Wanchope?!

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  • ernj

    Any comments on the Red Bulls signing 7 homegrowns and then waiving 3? Just business? Have they all been offered contracts with the USL squad?

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  • That_Guy

    Why don’t the USMNT play Geoff Cameron in the CDM role? With so many options at CB succeeding (Brooks, Gonzalez, Besler) and upcoming (Miazga, Birnbaun, Carter-Vicks, Alvarado) I get confused why there is so much confusion over where he should be on the field. The USMNT has only older destroyers, why not fix that?

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    • Ives Galarcep

      That is something Klinsmann will have to think about going forward as Jones and Beckerman reach the point of no return age wise. Danny Williams is someone else to consider. I’m not sure we’ll ever see Cameron at DM for Stoke again though so his days in midfield for the USMNT may be over as well.

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  • UclaBruinGreat

    Timmy Chandler and Alfredo Morales have been MIA in recent game day rosters. Is it still due to injury or are they out of favor?

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  • Jason

    Do you see USA calling up players like Brooks and Yedlin who qualify to the u-23 games vs Colombia, I would, we should be able to beat Guatemala without them right?

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    • Ives Galarcep

      USA should be able to beat Guatemala without them, but Klinsmann is intent on having a full-strength senior team in March. I can’t really blame him because you never really should take qualifiers for granted. Now, if it were two matches against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines then that might be different.

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  • Brain Guy

    Are RBNY broken, or is it just a matter of integrating the new guys? On second thought, there’s only one new guy — Gideon Baah. Has Curtis gambled and lost by failing to improve the squad, especially along the back line? Will the flurry of signings (draft picks and Homegrowns) be exposed as an illusion as the team continues to quietly release them? Will Marsch be a one-season wonder as opponents figure out how to deal with his system?

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  • The Donald

    Was JK recruiting this guy? Would love to read what JK thought he would add. Have a source to share?

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  • Clyde Frog

    MLS has made some noise about overseas TV agreements over that last year or so. But as someone who works in the Middle East, I can say only the early afternoon kick-offs are a viable viewing option in Europe and many places further east. Do you think MLS should consider putting more games with recognizable stars on from noon to 2pm, so that more of the world could realistically watch?

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  • Franks Red Hot

    You once referred to Perry Kitchen in a Q&A as ‘future captain of the national team material’ (coming out of Akron). What do you make of his career so far and, at 24, is he as good as he’ll ever be?

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    • Ives Galarcep

      You took it way back my man. Kitchen always had the mental makeup to succeed as a pro, but lacks the high-level technical quality to reach a truly elite level. I think his work ethic, professionalism and ability to read the game can help him achieve success in Europe and I wouldn’t say he’s reached his peak just yet.

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  • Turgid Jacobian

    Which young MLS player should we arrange to host Wondo’s brain, for the good of the NT?

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  • SoccerDadinCali

    Do you foresee any surprises when the rosters are announced for the upcoming USMNT WC qualifiers?

    Who do you believe WILL NOT be picked, but should be on the WC qualifiers roster?

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  • Jay

    Do you think there is any chance the Russia or Qatar world cups get moved in light of FIFA admitting to accepting bribes for votes?

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  • laurence of a labia

    With Bradley playing as a 6 in toronto do you see a three man midfield of Bradley (6), Nagbe (8) and Ngyuen (10) being deployed for the USMNT anytime soon?

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    • Ives Galarcep

      Trying something new out. The Live Q&A format will be gone after this month, and wanted to do something different rather than having the old-school Q&A format.

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  • GoldenGoal

    Hey Ives. So I saw you had the USA in the quarterfinals in a realistic scenario but where do you think the other Concacaf powers place? You think having crowd support will help some Concacaf sides go further than expected?

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