It’s been a great deal of time since Eric Lichaj had a chance to crack the U.S. men’s national team lineup, but his Tuesday goal had us wondering what players would constitute a Best XI of players not to hear Jurgen Klinsmann’s call dating back to the World Cup.
Would it be strictly an MLS endeavor, or would Lichaj make the cut?
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In a completely elementary level, with less than an hour’s composition and research, here’s a quick best guess. Feel free to put together your own. Again, I’m not claiming I’ve not missed an obvious player, but this is supposed to be fun:
Eric Lichaj — Bobby Boswell — Clarence Goodson —Edgar Castillo
Dax McCarty—-Darlington Nagbe
Benny Feilhaber—-Ethan Finlay
Chris Rolfe—-Mike Grella
Bench: David Bingham, Tony Tchani, Will Bruin, Shane O’Neill, Harrison Shipp, Chad Marshall, Andrew Farrell
I wouldn’t go expecting the unit to topple Jurgen Klinsmann’s Best XI on a consistent basis, but I would like to see them try.
*Remember: Players like Matt Hedges and Sacha Kljestan, whether you’d agree they fit the bill or not, have seen token call-ups since the 2014 World Cup.