First up was Landon Donovan, who retired last year but made a comeback with Bruce Arena’s LA Galaxy this season. Landon was famously left off the USMNT roster for the 2014 World Cup by Klinsmann, but now with Arena expected to take over as U.S. manager, could Landon make a comeback on a national level? He offered his thoughts on the news.
Never want to see someone lose their job. I have no doubt that this talented group of players will qualify for Russia '18 #USA 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
While Landon stayed professional, others didn’t hide their true feelings. Benny Feilhaber, who has been infamously shoved aside in the national picture by Klinsmann, made it clear how he felt about the decision.
Finally, Bundesliga lifer Joe Gyau who has two USMNT caps, showed appreciation for Klinsmann, who supported Gyau through a rocky period. After Gyau suffered a knee injury in 2014, Klinsmann was there to support him and help him heal.
When he genuinely cared for the players..If it wasn't for him and his support I wouldn't have been able to get some of the rehab for my knee
Friday brings us the beginning of the Bundesliga season, meaning every major league will have started its season.
There are American players throughout Europe worth watching, many of them well-established with their clubs. We know plenty of Danny Williams at Reading, of Fabian Johnson at Borussia Monchengladbach, and Geoff Cameron at Stoke City.
But what about the young crowd, the ones we know a bit less about? Let’s call the group Americans under the age of 23, with 10 caps or less. We quizzed our ProSoccerTalk staff, weighted the rankings according to power, and wound up with 15 names from MLS to the PL.
Players were given one point for each mention, and a corresponding value to whether they were ranked first (10 points) or tenth (1 point) by a given writer.
PST’s Top 15 USMNT prospects
15. Joe Gyau, Borussia Dortmund (1)
The 23-year-old was about as exciting a prospect as any when he tore his meniscus against Ecuador. Now, he’s just getting back on the pitch and a loan may be on the cards.
14. Wil Trapp, Columbus Crew (3)
Of players aged 23 or younger, only one has had a better overall season than Trapp. The 23-year-old just fits on our list, and needs to find another level, but he’s going to be solid at worst.
13. Walker Zimmerman, FC Dallas (4)
The seventh-overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, the big Georgian has been outstanding this season.
12. Erik Palmer-Brown, Sporting KC/Porto B (5)
It’s easy to forget about EPB, the 6-foot-1 center back who left SKC on loan in February, but he’s gone 90 minutes in every match since making his Porto B debut in March. Juventus bid $1 million for Palmer-Brown when he was still 16, and they know a thing or two about scouting kids.
11. Rubio Rubin, FC Utrecht (6)
The 20-year-old started Utrecht’s first two matches of the season as a center forward after foot surgery cost him much of 2015-16. No one should ignore his 3 goal, 6 assist season the previous season.
10. Keegan Rosenberry, Philadelphia Union (9)
The very likely MLS Rookie of the Year has been a dynamite part of Philadelphia’s resurgent season.
9. Emerson Hyndman, AFC Bournemouth (12)
The 20-year-old just moved to the Premier League, and has yet to debut after playing out his contract with Fulham in hopes of greener pastures.
We don’t have to really say anything, do we? The 17-year-old Pennsylvania kid has made an impact at one of the biggest clubs in the world, and could be set for a loan now that BVB has added Mario Gotze, Andre Schurrle, and Ousmane Dembele.
As we wait for Jurgen Klinsmann’s roster call-ups for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala, the USMNT boss has given us a few names — albeit mostly obvious ones — in an interview on USSoccer.com.
“We have players that are injured a bit longer than we thought. We feel for them, but we are also waiting for them, players like Terrence Boyd, like Joe Gyau, like Josh Gatt, or even Aron Johannsson out for a couple months. These players are not forgotten. They play a wider role in building our group, our core, for 2018 in Russia. So hopefully they get back on track as quickly as possible. But in the short run, like a hamstring with Jozy, we will manage it, we will make the best out of it, but it has an effect on the roster. There’s no doubt about it.”
To be fair to Klinsmann, that’s a good portion of an entire generation of potentially-impactful U.S. attackers there. Molde winger Gatt is back running after a third knee surgery in September, while the promising Gyau hasn’t played for the U.S. since tearing a meniscus against Ecuador in October 2014. Boyd had a small setback in his recovery when he had a cyst removed from his knee last month.
Wins in both matches will assure the States a spot in the Hex, which begins in November and will include six CONCACAF sides battling for three automatic berths in the 2018 World Cup (plus one inter-continental playoff berth versus Asia’s fifth-place side).
The U.S. is level on points with Trinidad and Tobago but leading on goal differential after a win against St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and a draw with T&T. Those latter two will play twice in the same window, and T&T will be expected to win both.
The States beat and drew Guatemala in the third round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, but needed to sweat out the round after entering the final match day with advancement in question. Klinsmann knows the challenge ahead in Guatemala City (March 25) before the home leg in Columbus four days later.
The 27-year-old will play out the prime of his career in Northwestern France, where he’s made 48 league appearances and scored 6 goals since coming over from Helsingborgs in 2013. He is 37-times capped by the USMNT and is a reliable part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s set-up.
The news with Borussia Dortmund II’s Joe Gyau is far less optimal. The pacey attacker made a great impression in a pair of appearances for the USMNT this Fall before suffering a left knee injury.
Gyau returned from that injury only to hurt the same knee, and will now be out another 8-10 weeks and possibly the rest of the club season.
A photo posted by Joseph Gyau (@joegyau36) on Jan 30, 2015 at 11:40am PST
Although he didn’t detail a time for his return in this post, Dortmund II head coach David Wagner told German daily newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten that his player could sit out the remainder of the season because of his injury.
Gyau made his first-team debut against Eintracht Frankfurt on Sep. 24, taking the field as a substitute in the 74th minute. The match ended in a 2-2 result.
With how Dortmund’s has performed this season currently, a healthy Gyau may have enjoyed more senior-squad playing time in the second half of the Bundesliga year.
However, this obviously won’t happen now, and Klinsmann’s evaluation of the up-and-comer will also remain on hold.