The reason I created this thread is because all those "xxx should be called up..." threads. Here I try to have a discussion to come up about what new blood we need to bring into the team. Goalkeepers: We are actually have a little bit of problems with our suppose strongest position. Both Keller and Howard are not first chooce in their club, and Friedal is not as strong as 2001 and 2002. In MLS, Bruce Arena only took Walker as his developing candidate. Yes, we still have a lot of great MLS goalkeepers and many of them will have no problem to start for many of National teams, but they don't have the kind of international experience to guard the team. We definately still have a good goalkeeping but may not a great goalkeeping as in 2002. Center Defenders: First I will discuss Pope. I think Pope's problem is inconsistence and lapse. Forget the MLS games, in Panama game, he lost Valdes for a header that hits the cross bar. We all remembered how he lost his mark on World Cup game against Portugal. He also performed pretty bad on away Panama game. The reason we need Agoos in World Cup because Pope failed to give the kind of veteran leadship in defense organization. Second I don't think Bocanegra gives the kind fo role to organize defense. That is the reason why Bruce has to go to Berhalter to get the leadship and pass from back. Even though Berhalter has other problems (speed, etc.), we still have to relay on him because the center backs we have now cannot do the job. There are definately a great need to groom some good center defenders--so far only three youngsters are in the pool for this: Onyewu, Marshall, and Spector (also depends on Simak's playing time with English 1st Division). Both Onyewu and Marshall have enough first team experience and Spector still need more. But whoever can fill in the organization need will get the quick shot. But one problem is that in their youth team, it is Akwari not Gooch (at the right back) who organize the defense; It is Cochrane not Marshall who organize the defense. 3. Outside Back. A great news is Robbie Russell emerging as a legimate candidate beside Sanneh, Hedjuk and Cherundolo. There are also some alternative beside Albright. Such as using MLS right side midfielders to play right back for National Team. That will include Mullan and Ralston in the pool. On the left side, beside Vanney, Convey and fill-in Bocanegra, we don't have any option now. Winger may be worth a try. Of course Spector. 4. Center midfielders. It is acutally the stongest position for US now with Reyna, JOB, Zavagnin, Armas, Mastronei, and Mulrooney all claim for same spot. Even a dual center mids are not good enough to contain all of them! Very difficult to bring anyone in but consider the injuries for at least 4 of them recently, it maybe wise to groom one or two for this position. It should be Dempsey to take first shot with Clark and Szetela need to prove the point more in MLS next season. But don't forget both Capano and Gravoboy are both grafty for this position. 5. Attacking midfielders. It is the position belong to one guy--Landon Donovan. Anyone will be his fill-in. Mathis is the backup right now. Convey played many times for this role and proved to be OK. Gaven and Martino will be the main young players to be groomed during the next two years. Adu is still to far away. 6. Wing midfielders. Whatever left and right. Right now are for Beasley and Lewis. Mapp will begin to show up maybe next year. Not much after that. The kid in Greece hasn't prove himself yet. 7. Forwards. This is actually easy. Who scored the most for their clubs will get shot except McBride. McBride supplys the smart veteran leadship. Even he will sit on the bench if no production. Right now, there are such order in MLS: Ching & EJ 12 goals Noonan & Buddle 11 goals Wolfe & Eskendarian & Wolyniec 10 goals So the first four guys should get call up. Very simple?