I thought I'd use my favorite quote from my boss to describe the USA's Copa America roster. (For a little background, my boss is the kinda guy who made sure there's a DVD player on the new computer in the office so he can watch Talladega Nights.)
I like what Bradley's done with the roster, but as we were saying last weekend, this team's gonna get killed. Especially when you consider that they open with Argentina, who's bringing the big guns.
Remember, this is the most prestigious regional tournament for CONMEBOL. The only thing more important for them is World Cup Qualifying, but that's a year off.
I'm just praying to God that Guzan is the starter. Aside from the nonsense that happened on Thursday in Houston, he's been the best keeper in MLS this season. He's also the future. Howard and Guzan should be # 1 and 2 in South Africa, so this should be Guzan's first big test.
But what troubles me is the lack of scoring on this team. Combined the team has a paltry 25 goals scored for the national team. Take away Eddie Johnson's 10, and well, that spells trouble. Then take away Ben Olsen's and Taylor Twellman's 6 each, and well, yikes.
I also think that this is going to be Twellman's big and probably last chance to prove himself. There's some big weight on his shoulders and if he keeps struggling like the way he's done in the Gold Cup, it could be adios. It's one thing to score in MLS, and another to score in international competition.
But I still like Bradley's roster a lot more than I like Hugo Sanchez's. Sanchez knows that his job could possibly be on the line after the team's piss-poor performance in the Gold Cup, so he's taking his vets.
Why take Oswaldo Sanchez? Hasn't he proved himself at the international level? I know this isn't a Mexican soccer blog, but I'm dumbfounded at this choice. When is Jose Corona going to get his chance?