With the USA sitting on a comfortable 8-0 lead after the first leg of their series against Barbados, the U.S. national team is poised to play the second leg without several key players. Now what remains is figuring out which new players will get a look in the match in Barbados.
The following ten players were released by U.S. coach Bob Bradley:
Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Steve Cherundulo (Hannover 96), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids) and Matt Reis (New England Revolution).
With Danny Szetela and Chris Seitz the first two new players to be called in, that still leaves eight slots to be filled. Keep in mind that MLS players with games this weekend are very unlikely to be called in. With the Chicago Fire and Chivas USA playing each other on Thursday, we could see several players from those teams (such as Chris Rolfe and Justin Mapp).
So what kind of starting lineup will we see in the second leg? Here’s one possibility:
I’m not sure if Aston Villa transfer target Frankie Simek is healthy but if he is I can see him getting a call in. Chris Rolfe should merit a look as well. And sorry folks but Kenny Cooper will be in New Jersey playing the Red Bulls so he won’t get a call.
What new players would you like to see get a look? Share your thoughts below.