Monday Morning Center Back: Getting the USA to the Olympics

Monday Morning Center Back: Getting the USA to the Olympics

U.S. Men's Olympic Team

Monday Morning Center Back: Getting the USA to the Olympics

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Good morning all. The most popular topic of the weekend on SBI was the naming of the final 20-man roster for U.S. Olympic Qualifying. There were some shocking exclusions, namely the decision to leave Benny Feilhaber, Robbie Rogers and Arturo Alvarez home.

My sources tell me it was simply a case of these three players enduring bad camps and head coach Peter Nowak deciding to go with the midfielders he felt were on form. That isn’t likely to sit well with fans who can’t comprehend how a Feilhaber could look worse than a Dax McCarty or Chad Barrett.

While some can argue about the players left out until the end of time I think it is time to start considering what the starting XI will look like for the Olympic qualifying tournament.

Here’s one guess:

———————-Altidore———————–

Gaven—————-Adu——————-Zizzo

————–Holden——-Kljestan—————

Freeman——Sturgis—Edu———–Wynne

———————–Seitz————————

What starting lineup would you use for the tournament? More importantly, what starting XI would you want taking the field for the decisive semifinal match-up that will determine if the United States actually makes the Olympics? Share your lineup suggestions below.

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