View From the Couch:
1. Klinsmann initially called in a large squad, a total of 27 players for his five-game tournament (to be reduced to 23), but there still wasn’t room for Tim Ream, Sacha Kljestan, or Eric Lichaj. Klinsmann felt that Ream and Kljestan were only 5th in the pecking order for their position, center-back and central midfield respectively. Kljestan has had another great season helping Anderlecht to the Jupiler League Championship while gaining plenty of Europa League experience. Meanwhile, Jermaine Jones, one of the players above Kljestan at the center mid position, served an eight game suspension in January and lead the Bundesliga with 14 yellow cards. Who would you rather see in a tense game in Guatemala City on June 12 - an attacking player with ability to create and score goals? Or a midfielder prone to lose his temper? Only time will tell if Klinsmann has made the correct choice with Jermaine Jones.
Klinsmann has shown a lot of trust in Kyle Beckerman in the build up to World Cup qualifying, and it will be interesting to see what his role is the next five matches. Who will win the contest for center-back next to Carlos Bocanegra? The tandem of Bocanegra and Clarence Goodson did not set the world on fire during the Gold Cup, and maybe now Geoff Cameron is given an opportunity to prove his worth at the international level. Confident on the ball, a mainstay for the Houston Dynamo, maybe this will be his chance. On the offensive side of the ball is Chris Wondolowski, destined to be the United States version of Robbie Fowler – plenty of league goals, but never equaled that success at the international level? If Klinsmann goes the 4-4-2 route with Donovan and Dempsey on the wings, then someone will get that chance to make a major impact up top along with Jozy Altidore. The big question is, will Klinsmann be willing to give any of those players (Juan Agudelo, Terrence Boyd, Herculez Gomez, and Wonolowski) that opportunity?
3. Is Timmy Chandler still considered part of Yanks Abroad?