It was ugly, the USA losing to Costa Rica 3-1, and some say the goals against the USA could have been much worse if Costa Rica did not let up.
Let’s face it, a team without a solid defense is pretty hopeless. USA fans will want to love their players, but some realism is needed: do we have a back 4 that is up to the task of playing World Cup soccer? I think it may be a stretch to believe the current back 4 can get us through qualifying let alone through the first round in South Africa.
Do you like our back four, or wish for the USA to try someone new? Who, if anyone would you add to the back line?
Here is a list of the top two dozen or so candidates to play in defense. Which would you play in a WCQ?
Or do you like some other defensive players better? There are about 90 USA defenders in the MLS who would love a shot.
Weigh in using the comments!
|Onyewu, Oguchi||Defender||Belgium – Eerste Klasse||Standard Liege|
|Wynne, Marvell||Defender||Canada – MLS||Toronto FC|
|Fearrington, Jamil||Defender||Denmark – 1. Division||BK Frem|
|Califf, Danny||Defender||Denmark – Superligaen||FC Midtjylland|
|Parkhurst, Michael||Defender||Denmark – Superligaen||FC Nordsjælland|
|Simek, Frank||Defender||England – Championship||Sheffield Wednesday|
|DeMerit, Jay||Defender||England – Championship||Watford|
|Whitbread, Zak||Defender||England – League One||Millwall|
|Spector, Jonathan||Defender||England – Premiership||West Ham United|
|Bocanegra, Carlos||Defender||France – Ligue 1||Rennes|
|Pearce, Heath||Def/Mid||Germany – 2 Bundesliga||Hansa Rostock|
|Cherundolo, Steve||Defender||Germany – Bundesliga||Hannover 96|
|Arguez, Bryan||Def/Mid||Germany – Bundesliga||Hertha Berlin|
|Kazlauskas, Charles||Def/Fwd||Holland – Eerste Divisie||TOP Oss|
|Hort, Erik||Defender||Israel – Premier League||Maccabi Tel-Aviv|
|Orozco, Michael||Defender||Mexico – Primera Division||San Luis|
|Needham, Jay||Defender||Norway – 1. Division||Alta IF|
|Rodd, Chris||Defender||Norway – 1. Division||Bryne FK|
|Goodson, Clarence||Defender||Norway – Eliteserien||IK Start|
|Freeman, Hunter||Defender||Norway – Eliteserien||IK Start|
|Raybould, Ryan||Defender||Sweden – Allsvenskan||Gefle IF|
|Tabe, Etchu||Def/Fwd||Sweden – Superettan||Ljungskile SK|
|Brill, Sam||Defender||Sweden – Superettan||Ljungskile SK|
|Bornstein, Jonathan||Def/Mid||USA – MLS||CD Chivas|
|Mastroeni, Pablo||Def/Mid||USA – MLS||Colorado Rapids|
|Hejduk, Frankie||Def/Mid||USA – MLS||Columbus Crew|
|Marshall, Chad||Defender||USA – MLS||Columbus Crew|