We decided that it was time we share our two cents as to what we think the depth chart would look like if we were Klinsmann. Feel free to agree or disagree with what we think:
- Tim Howard – Until he decides to retire (which it happen after this cycle), he is the undisputed #1 keeper for the Men’s National Team. He’s one of the top keepers in the Premier League, he’s saved the squad hundreds, if not thousands, of times with his saves.
- Brad Guzan – Brad showed that when given the opportunity, he can be a Premier League starter. He also gets 2nd because Pete is very biased as an Aston Villa fan. The one concern about Brad is his playing time. He needs to put himself in a position where he has a chance to play weekly.
- Nick Rimando – Nick get’s the 3rd spot due to his experience and performances with the National team. He’s been solid for a long time and deserves the 3rd spot for sure.
- Bill Hamid – The official #2 according to Klinsmann, he is right now the keeper of the future. Rimando’s experience & Guzan’s form have him below them however. He’s played well with his club and is an amazing athlete and in no time, he’ll be moving overseas.
- Sean Johnson- Another fine young keeper plying his craft in the MLS, he’s played well for his club (Chicago Fire) and the brief moments he’s gotten with the senior team. Hamid and Johnson will be fighting for the #1 spot with the U-23 team if they make the Olympics.
Off the radar now but not for long?
Pete: I’m gonna go with Quentin Westberg. He’s played with the U-20 team so we know he’s serious about playing for the US (he was born and raised in France but his father is American). He needs more playing time but in order to be taken seriously. I like that he’s still pretty young (25 yrs old) and has had some good experience over in France.
Doug: Joe Bendik is an interesting player that recently reached a deal with the Portland Timbers in major league soccer. He comes over from Sogndal in Norway. Right now he sits behind veteran Troy Perkins in Portland, but at age 22 he has time to develop and show his work. He has previous experience with the under-17 and under-20 U.S. teams. Watching the development of the Georgia native will be intriguing.