A further look at the roster though does draw a few head scratchers, most specifically: why wasn’t Sacha Kljestan included? Kljestan, an attacking midfielder with Anderlecht, has been playing regularly for a team leading the table in the Jupiler League. Anderlecht also advanced to the knockout stages of the Europa League, before being eliminated yesterday over two legs to AZ Alkmaar, a team that features fellow American, Jozy Altidore. The Jupiler League is not one of the strongest leagues in Europe, but Anderlecht is a proven club, and the experience playing in the Europa League is unmatched by many other Americans on the current roster. In the crowded center-midfield position, Kljestan brings something that many of the other players do not offer. He can break down defenses on the dribble, is able to play quick with his passing, and also has the knack for stepping up to score goals.
Picking players for the national team is never easy, but most fans, and players for that matter, are satisfied knowing players are being picked based on current form. That doesn’t seem to be the case when comparing those four midfielders, but this fact becomes even more mind boggling with the inclusion of Terrence Boyd. Many U.S. fans might be asking the same thing: who is Terrence Boyd? Boyd, a center forward, is currently on the books at Borussia Dortmund, but that’s the thing - he’s just on the books. Boyd has yet to make ONE competitive appearance with the first team. How does a player that has never appeared for the first team, be included in the national team squad? Has Klinsmann been sending scouts to watch Dortmund U23 games instead of watching Europa League matches?