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The SBI Show: Episode 189 (Previewing USMNT-Chile, talking MLS deals, and more)

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The U.S. Men’s National Team is ready to start the new year with its first match of 2015, and the latest episode of The SBI Show breaks down the team’s friendly against Chile.

Episode 189 of The SBI Show takes a closer look at the USA-Chile clash, as we discuss the potential 3-5-2 formation for the U.S., and project our starting lineup for the match.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also catch up on a busy few days in MLS, including our take on the big trade made by the Montreal Impact and New York Red Bulls, and Juan Agudelo’s potential return to New England.

Give Episode 189 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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What did you think of the show? Like the USMNT lineup we projected to face Chile? How do you see the team doing today? Agree with our take on the Red Bulls-Impact trade?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Also, Ives, you should think about cloud backup for your personal photos and stuff. I use a service called CrashPlan, and there’s another decent one called Backblaze. If you ever have a fire or something, God forbid, you could lose both your laptop and your external HD.

  2. Uhh, Garrett, Sheffield did not defeat Tottenham 3-1 in the first leg. No idea where you got that from. Spurs won the first leg 1-0 (and they won the tie today).

  3. I think you exaggerated how much Kitchen has played center defense or as defender. He basically has played as a defensive midfielder his entire life before getting to MLS. With U17s he was played out of position at right back and he struggled to the point where he was pulled from a game and never played for the them again. Yes, Porter played him at center defense in olympic qualifying and that didn’t go well did it. The US defense was terrible in qualifying. You can’t say Kitchen isnt technical enough to compete at the top international level in the midfield, but then suggest that he might be at center defense, especially considering he will almost never play there for his club. He has no hope of developing into the type of center defender the US needs to compete with the best in the world unless he is regularly playing there for his club. That is what is so inane about Klinsmann constantly playing multiple players out of position. And if he didn’t think it was important for players to play the same position for their club as they play for the national team then he wouldn’t be harping to TFC that Bradley should play further up the field where he wants to have him play. Similarly, he wouldn’t have benched Cameron when he was starting at RB for Stoke because he thought he was a center defender and he couldn’t break into Stoke’s starting line-up at center defense.

    • Never said Kitchen will be the long-term answer in central defense, but that’s what Klinsmann is taking a look at now. I’ll stand by my statement about him not being technical enough to play central midfield, and barring a permanent position switch on the club level, he’ll never be the answer as a CB either. The reality is if guys like Gonzalez and Brooks were available then Kitchen probably doesn’t get called in.

      And to suggest no positions matter at all is pretty silly. Nobody was going to that extreme. Cameron didn’t start at right back because Klinsmann didn’t rate him as a good one for what he wants out of the position.


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