Saturday, December 26, 2009
A Closer Look at the 23 for South Africa: Midfielders
1.Landon Donovan:The best field player in the history of U.S Soccer,there I said it.LD has been in amazing form and this is his time to show the world he is top class.Alot will depend on how Landon does at Everton,confidence is everything to Landon.If we see the 2002 World Cup Landon Donovan this World Cup will be a memorable one for U.S fans and could be the turning point for Soccer in this country.
2.Clint Dempsey:One of Fulham's best players this year,has been excellent. While he disappears out of games with the Yanks, Dempsey being the magician he is can and will appear out of nowhere with a moment of brilliance.(Egypt,Spain)With CD9 possibly out,do not be surprised if Deuce plays up top,where I feel he can be more effective and much more of a threat.
3.Michael Bradley:I'm sure this kid has grown on me just as much as he has on any other U.S fan. He is no longer known as the "coaches son." Great in tackle,key goals,and a passion to improve each and everyday are reasons to like this guy.Although more of a defensive-minded midfielder,he is still a box-to-box midfielder who has a habit of scoring huge goals (Switzerland,Mexico,Egypt)
4.Benny Feilhaber: Legend.I don't think I will ever be able to forget that beautiful volley vs. Mexico in the Gold Cup Final.Benny has great vision and can pick out passes most guys in this group wouldn't be able to.If we need a goal and start Bradley and Jones in the middle,I think Benny would be a great attacking super-sub.
5.Stuart Holden:With Scotland not qualifying (again :[) for the World Cup Aberdeen-born Holden will give the Tartan Army a team to cheer for.How sweet would a Holden game-winner vs. England be?Anyway,Holden's stock has went through the roof and now has a chance at starting in South Africa.His crossing ability is something that will be worrying defenders,while Holden can also be a spark coming off the bench giving the team that extra boost of energy.
6.DaMarcus Beasley:Yes,you heard that right.Beasley has made the most of his recent minutes at Rangers(In which most believe were minutes to raise his transfer value.)But Beasley has been the best player the last three weeks in the SPL and looks keen to stay at Ibrox.If Beasley keeps his form up in Scotland he will be going to South Africa and have a chance to start out wide on the wing.
7.Maurice Edu:Edu has had a tough season so far with Rangers due to injury but is hopeful to make his return in a couple of weeks in the Old-Firm vs. Celtic.When healthy,Edu has show he can be good in the middle with Pedro Mendes and Stephen Davis.As long as Edu stays healthy I can see him being the guy that steals Rico Clark's spot at center defensive-mid on the roster.
8.Francisco Torres:What does this guy have to do to get some love from Bob Bradley?He has shown he is a great distributor of the ball and also has a great first touch.While he may be tiny and not great in tackle,Torres has shown he is a great center mid when pair with a defensive-mid in the middle,Like Michael Bradley.
9.Jermaine Jones:What would be the best gift during the holidays?Perhaps having someone tell you Jermaine Jones will be healthy soon.Having watched this guy at Schalke 04,not only is he the best defensive-mid in the Bundesliga,but he is also one of the best midfielders in the entire league.Having Bradley and Jones in the middle together would be a massive advantage going into the opener vs. England.Please get healthy Jonesy.