11 most hopeful players

Discussion in 'USA Men' started by jmeissen0, Aug 5, 2002.

  1. jmeissen0

    jmeissen0 New Member

    Mar 31, 2001
    page 1078
    what 11 players (does not have to be a team at all... just 11 players) do you think have the most potential to become something great for the national team in future world cups

    my list (in no order):

    -landon donovan
    -damarcus beasely
    -tim howard
    -john o'brien
    -freddie adu
    -conor casey
    -clint mathis
    -kyle martino
    -santino quaranta
    -bobby convey
    -taylor twellman
  2. jmeissen0

    jmeissen0 New Member

    Mar 31, 2001
    page 1078
    not so good that i don't list any defenders... but i suppose it's better than having a list comprised entirely of defenders
  3. Preston North End

    Feb 17, 2000
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ryan Suarez (MLS)
    Carlos Bocanegra (MLS)
    Cory Gibbs (Germany D1 & D2)
    Eddie Pope (MLS)
    Oguchi Onyewu (France D2)
    Danny Califf (MLS)
    Nick Garcia (MLS)
    Kelly Gray (MLS)
    Wade Barrett (MLS)
    Steve Cherundolo (Germany D2 & D1)
    Chris Gbandi (MLS)*
    Brandon Prideaux (MLS)
    Tony Sanneh (Germany D1)
    Jose Burciaga (MLS)

    *Needs U.S. citizenship, IIRC.

    Want some defensive minded or holding midfielders?

    Pablo Mastroeni (MLS)
    Jordan Stone (MLS)
    Richard Mulrooney (MLS)
    John O'Brien (Dutch D1) - he is not an attacking mid
    Francisco Gomez (MLS) - he is not an attacking mid
    Ross Paule (MLS)
    Miguel Saavedra (MLS)

    I've only listed players that will have played first divsion soccer last year-2001, this year-2002, or next year-2003 (without speculation on players turning pro for next year). Until a player that is not in a pro first division, he will find it very hard to get into the USNT set-up. And then they need to playing, though not starting, in some games.

    The U.S. has one of the better defenses (USA, CAN, MEX) in CONCACAF. I think the defense played well overall in the last World Cup, which reflects our ranking in our region.

    MLS, which is an attacking league, will continue to help the above players - except for the players overseas - become better defenders over the next two or three years.

    Come 2005-06 these players - or others - will be ready.
  4. USARising17

    USARising17 New Member

    Jul 10, 2002
    I think Saavedra is Bolivian, but I could be wrong...
  5. Colin Grabow

    Colin Grabow New Member

    Jul 22, 1999
    Washington, DC
    Saavedra played with the U-20s over the weekend.
  6. Martin Fischer

    Martin Fischer Member+

    Feb 23, 1999
    Kampala. Uganda
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    In the category of it's a free country, my list of 11 players who I think are most likely to make a serious contribution to the USMNT in 2006 but who have not yet seen action in serious (qualifiers or the World Cup) matches for the USMNT.

    Tim Howard
    Chris Gbandi
    Oguchi Onyewu
    Ryan Suarez
    Carlos Bocanegra
    Kelly Gray
    Jordan Stone
    Bobby Convey
    Freddy Adu
    Santiago Quarenta
    Taylor Twellman
  7. Colin Grabow

    Colin Grabow New Member

    Jul 22, 1999
    Washington, DC
    Grover Gibson.
  8. Davids26

    Davids26 Member

    May 31, 2000
    Preston are you sure about Gbandi needing citizenship? The Burn's website says he is a citizen. Not saying that they aren't wrong, but I wouldn't think that they are.
  9. JoBeck

    JoBeck New Member

    Jul 24, 2000
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Michael Ricketts... oh wait...
  10. thacharger

    thacharger New Member

    May 19, 2002
    Southaven, MS
    I still dont see Adu being on the 2006 World Cup roster? How old will he be in 2006? 23? Just kidding. I guess he will be 16 or 17, not entirley out of the question.
  11. Cweedchop

    Cweedchop Member+

    Mar 6, 2000
    Ellicott City, Md
    Way to go Martin..

    That is exactly my list of 11......
  12. Jose L. Couso

    Jose L. Couso New Member

    Jul 31, 2000
    Arlington, VA
  13. russ

    russ Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Alexi Lalas :)

    Ok,OK,Josh Woolf.
  14. Rocket

    Rocket Member

    Aug 29, 1999
    Everton FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The Burn's site has stated that Gbandi's a U.S. citizen since the day he became a member of the Burn.

    However, shortly after he was drafted, Gbandi stated in an interview at www.3rddegree.net that he was still a Liberian citizen.

    Since the local papers haven't mentioned Chris obtaining U.S. citizenship, I'd imagine he still has Liberian citizenship.

    I'll try to track Gbandi down after Sat.'s game and find out from the man himself what his citizenship status is.
  15. jmeissen0

    jmeissen0 New Member

    Mar 31, 2001
    page 1078

    i wasn't referring to just 2006

    adu was someone i listed more for after that one

    someone listed pope and i found that a bit hard to swallow
  16. Jerlon

    Jerlon Member

    Aug 29, 2001
    Western NY
    My 11 most promising for the USA

    Tim Howard
    Taylor Twellman
    Landon (lets go with this name, nicknames are sticky)
    Pablo Mastroeni
    John O'Brien
    Clint Mathis
    Demarcus Beasley
    Ryan Suarez
    Freddy Adu
    Joe Cannon
    Tony Sanneh
  17. Bruce S

    Bruce S Member+

    Sep 10, 1999
    gotta get Chris Klein on the list . He is playing fantastic soccer right now, even if he killed the Revs.
  18. Delta Blues

    Delta Blues New Member

    Jun 25, 1999
    King Willieville
    Isn't it mind-blowing that the next generation looks to have a huge amount of upside over the current squad? Not many countries that have a competive soccer team can boast about such an increase over the next 5-10 years. We really are just scratching the surface. I'm really excited for the future. 2006 may not be as succesful as 2002, but I think from 2010 on we'll be a force to be reckoned with.
  19. Haus Bilas

    Haus Bilas New Member

    Nov 28, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Surprisingly nobody's mentioned Jeff Agoos...

    He just won't go away...
  20. soccer16-21

    soccer16-21 New Member

    Jul 29, 2002
    seekonk, MA
    landon donovan
    ian russell
    tim howard
    steve jolley
    brian mcbride
    clint mathis
    cobie jones
    tony sanneh
    ariel graziani
    john o'brien
    jeff agoos
  21. iluvmathis

    iluvmathis New Member

    Aug 6, 2002
  22. Jerlon

    Jerlon Member

    Aug 29, 2001
    Western NY
    Agoos is done, he was horendous in this cup, and I think that we can all rest assured that he will not be back in another.
  23. tytomkiel

    tytomkiel Red Card

    Feb 12, 2002
    San Diego, Ca
    11 Players I'd like to see who haven't been capped

    1. Mark Lisi
    2. Chris Gbandi
    3. Kyle Martino
    4. Ryan Suarez
    5. Dema Kovalenko
    6. Steve Cronin
    7. Nick Garcia
    8. Brad Davis
    9. Kelly Gray
    10. Bobby Rhine
    11. Taylor Twellman
  24. Preston North End

    Feb 17, 2000
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't know, which is why I said 'IIRC'.
  25. Preston North End

    Feb 17, 2000
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I listed Pope. You also said the following...

    "you think have the most potential to become something great for the national team in future world cups"

    ...I think Pope has the potential to become something great in future World Cups. It may only be in 2006, so the future will be just one Cup.

    Because he performed well in 2002, you think he can't do better in 2006? Or maybe he is disqualifed because he made an impact in 2002 (then don't include Donovan)?

    Oh wait, you probably think (maybe you don't) that because Arena said it was a young man's game nobody over 30 will be in the squad. I think, not including the 'keepers, that Pope, Reyna, and Sanneh have a good chance to be involved with the USNT through 2006. Others too.

    Your original post and reason behind this thread could have been to get a list of U25 players, but you didn't specify.

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