Moving Forward For The USMNT

Moving Forward For The USMNT

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 30, 2010
  • Bob Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard

There's a lot to build off of this World Cup for the USMNT. (US Presswire)

The 2010 FIFA World Cup may still be going on but as far as I am concerned its now time to already begin looking towards the 2014 Cup in Brazil. Getting out of the tournament early is never fun but at least it does give you a couple weeks up on the competition to get your stuff in order for the next cycle.

Yeah, I’m still trying to remain at least a little bit positive here.

The somewhat decent thing about this next go around for the U.S. Men’s National team is that for the most part there shouldn’t be a whole lot of change in some key areas. The keeper situation will likely remain with Tim Howard or Brad Guzan. You can probably throw a young guy like Bill Hamid of D.C. United in the mix for the third keeper spot in the depth charts if you want. Howard will just be entering the true prime years for a keeper by the next World Cup so there is no reason to think he won’t be good to go then.

In the midfield we’ll still have the likes of Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey. Neither of them are going anywhere anytime soon as far as I can see. We’ll also still see Stuart Holden, Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Jose Torres and Benny Falihaber in the mix as well. Most of them are in the mid-20s right now and won’t be 30 by the next World Cup. Only Donovan will be in his 30s by the next Cup and I honestly don’t see him dipping in performance all that much by then.

The changes will take place more so in the back and up top. But if you followed this side for the last couple years you shouldn’t be shocked to read that as those have always been some troubled areas for the U.S. team.

Out of the defensive bunch from this World Cup I wouldn’t be shocked to only see Clarence Goodson or Jonathan Spector at the next World Cup. I know Jonathan Bornstein will be just 29 by then but none of us expect Bob Bradley to still be the coach in four years either. With no Bradley I highly doubt we’ll see any Bornstein unless his play¬†dramatically¬†improves on the international stage by then.

Up top we should still have Jozy Altidore and Charlie Davies. Let’s just hope by then there will be another star in the mix to push these two for playing time.

So who’s out there right now that could be in the mix? Loads of players come to mind and some that are probably completely off the radar (that’s probably a separate post for another day). One thing we know is that the next four years should be interesting for US Soccer. Its a continual growth that we need here and will continue to get.

Between the youth systems getting better for MLS and the college game actually producing some decent talent in recent years the growth is there for the next head coach to seriously tap into. This should be a boom time for US Soccer to get some serious talent in the game and with the national team. I think the big thing for whoever the next coach is to get as much talent in early before the next round of qualifying begins. Also having some quality friendlies will go a long way too.

Four years is a long time but maybe it’s time to start a Project 2014 of some sort now before its too late.

  • Kaiser

    Way too early prediction…
    we will see an Opara and Gonzalez centerback combo in 2014. Opara has a lot to improve on and learn, but he is a great athlete who has definite national team potential. Gonzalez is a big, strong defender who shows the qualities to anchor a backline. I know he is not fast, but his instincts and poisitioning are getting better all the time. I think these guys should start getting caps ASAP.

  • Nothing wrong with that prediction…I'd love to see it happen really. Big fan of both guys.