USWNT: The Pool

Discussion in 'USA Women: News and Analysis' started by kernel_thai, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. kernel_thai

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    Since there is nothing going on til January 31, 2014, I put up a thread where those with idle time can debate the pool Sermanni has created and how it will evolve into a WWC roster.


  2. kernel_thai

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    Here is the pool as best I can recall. Please add any omissions. Im not including anyone from the intial camp who was not recalled. Some players may be listed more than once.

    Forwards
    Wambach
    Morgan
    Leroux
    Press
    Horan
    Rodriguez (Dec. camp)
    Hagen

    Outside Mids
    Rapinoe
    O'Reilly
    Heath
    Tymrak
    Mewis

    Central Mids
    Holiday
    Lloyd
    Averbuch
    Boxx
    Brian
    Brooks

    Central Defender
    Ramone
    Sauerbrunn
    Engen
    Buehler
    LePeilbet (Dec. camp)

    Outside Defenders
    Krieger
    O'Hara
    Dunn
    Mewis
    Klingenberg
    Cox
    Robinson
    LePeilbet (Dec. camp)

    Keepers
    Solo
    Barnhart
    Loyden
    Harris
    Franch
    Naeher

    37 spots, 35 players by my count. WWC roster was 21 in 2011
  3. holden

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    No Johnston?
  4. kernel_thai

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    Key points for me
    1) Who is 3rd GK
    2) Of 7 defenders to u bring an extra CB or extra FB
    3) Of the 7 midfielders do u bring extra CM or AM
    4) Sorting out all those FBs


  5. kernel_thai

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    Ack!
  6. kernel_thai

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    Central Mids
    Holiday
    Lloyd
    Averbuch
    Boxx
    Brian
    Brooks
    Johnston
    DiBernardo

    Central Defender
    Ramone
    Sauerbrunn
    Engen
    Buehler
    LePeilbet (Dec. camp)
    Johnston
  7. WPS_Movement

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    Where's Ohai?
    Surely she's gotta be in the Top 35.
  8. holden

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    Has she even been to any of the full team camps? It's hard to put her on the depth chart until Sermanni calls her in.
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    mewis is not an outside mid quality...i think she is better in the outside back position
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    Assuming 21, there are maybe 9 spots open?

    Definites
    Wambach, Leroux, Morgan, Rapinoe, O'Reilly, Holiday, Lloyd, Rampone, Sauerbrunn, Krieger, Solo, Barnhart
  12. kernel_thai

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    I think some of the Brazil invites was scouting for the December residency camp. While Rogers may be happy with Solo, Barnhart & Loyden I thing Sermanni wants all the options explored.
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    I would add Engen, Dunn and Press to that list.
  14. kernel_thai

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    Ohai gets no respect for some reason. As best I can tell she has only been called for the U23 team one time. For Ohai to get a look at this point it's going to have to be based on what she does in the NWSL.
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    maybe because her two biggest goals (NCAA and U20) were a direct result of Dunn. She's an ok "johnny on the spot" player but what else?
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    I got a funny feeling about the Horan thing and Press, who pretty much has been pushed back to #4 no matter how wicked her numbers are.
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    There would be some difference between who I think should be on a 21 man squad -- and who I think Sermanni will pick. But here goes....

    Forwards (4): Starters: Wambach, Morgan. Reserves: Leroux, Press. I believe Leroux and Press would be just as good as starters -- and maybe better. When you go down to a 18-man squad -- Press gets cut. unfortunately.

    Mids: (7): Starters: Rapinoe, Holiday, Lloyd, O'Reilly. Reserves: Heath, Tymrak, Averbuch. Personally, I would pick Brooks rather than Averbuch.

    Defenders: (7) Starters: Dunn, Sauerbrunn, Rampone, Krieger. Reserves: O'Hara, Engen, Mewis (emergency back only, also plays midfield) I'm making the assumption there that Dunn can play left back -- although Sermanni hasn't used her there to my recollection. I wonder why not? Does O'Hara have a lock on left back position? If so, I think Dunn might replace Krieger as starting right back.

    Goalies: (3) Starter: Solo. Reserves: Barnhart, Naeher. I would pick Franch rather than Naeher, but I don't think Sermanni will.

    There will probably be a couple of injuries which will open up opportunities for Horan, Brian, Brooks, Cox, Franch, or Loyden.
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    Wambach, had "wicked" numbers this year in the NWSL & for the WNT, Leroux, had "wicked" numbers in the NWSL & for the WNT. Morgan has earned her spot with previous play in big tourney's and a solid season in the NWSL (winning the Championship mind you). So it's not as if Press being looked at in the 4 slot is a slight...... And at this point nothing is booked solid, form can fall off, injuries, etc.... 2015 is a ways off. For all we know it could be Press and Hagen up front......
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    I also wonder that going into 2014, we should be thinking of the players getting contacts, the 24 number, instead of looking out nearly two years for the WC roster. This will narrow the pool. Even without a contact, players can still be called into camps and if injuries, get on a roster for any one game, so changes for 2015 are possible which is when it counts.
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    We're a year and a half away-- I don't see how one can regard Rampone and Wambach as "definite."

    They may not have to win their spurs, but they surely have to keep their chops up.
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    Yes he has-- she had a substantial appearance there within the last year or so, a game where Kreiger played the right side. She was fine there.
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    So you're assuming Wambach stays for another Olympics. Travesty if Mewis makes a roster over Press, Tymrek, Kling or even Brook. Mewis isn't really a serviceable LB. I really need to know who is pulling for her. She's the last back and mid-fielder, shouldnt be in until the next cycle.

    What kind of scam is Naeher? She isn't even better than Harris. Naeher is fraud #4, so they got an excess to keep Loyden at #3. Franch/Harris > Loyden > Naeher. Does Solo tell the guardian who she wants as her backups?
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    I don't think that Mewis is a sub par player, but she just doesn't have that wow factor. When I watch her play I just feel like she's too average to be a starter for the national team. Perhaps she can make the larger roster for the 2016 Olympics, but I can't see her cracking the top 18 for the WC.
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    I wouldn't count out Buehler or LePeilbet to make rosters. I have no idea how recovered LePeilbet is and whether she wants to come back, but I'm sure she'll get every chance. I am not a super fan of Buehler, but Sermanni has played her. I am more interested in non-injured LePeilbet, but more as a center back when one on one defending is called for. Also, I'm sure we'll have some players emerge from the next NWSL season. Also, in terms of versatility, Cox has played extensively as a central defender--I don't know if that trumps someone like O'Hara or Klingenberg who can both play in the midfield. I am not sold on Mewis yet. I liked Brooks in the Brazil game, but I also think d-mids are better with a lot of experience.
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    No, I'm assuming that Wambach stays for another World Cup. I agree that Mewis is the weakest of the top 18 -- but Sermanni seems to like her

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