August 14th, 2013 || Posted in Pre-Game Hype Scouting Report

USA vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina Pre-Game Hype

USA v Bosnia-Herzegovina

8/14/2013 (2:30 pm ET on ESPN2)

Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium – Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

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After reclaiming our Gold Cup trophy back last month, the U.S. takes on a very under-rated Bosnian team on Wednesday in Sarajevo.  The yanks last defeat was at the hands of Belgium in May, and haven’t looked back since.  Goals have been aplenty as of late, with an aggregate score of 35-8.  “That stat doesn’t mean anything when they are playing CONCACAF” some say.  11 wins in a row are impressive for any national team, in any region.  Of course, bringing back the GC trophy to its’ rightful owners and being the #KingsOfCONCACAF once again is the most important thing.

With Costa Rica (away) and Mexico (home) in qualifying less than a month away, Jurgen will give some opportunities for mostly foreign based players in this match.  Four players could make their national team debuts in Aron Johannson, Bobby Wood, Cody Cropper and John Brooks.  Three of the aforementioned players, which Klinsmann has been seemingly #aggressive with cap-tying, are eligible for other countries as well.  The latest confirmation of inclusion being Aron Johannsson, who chose the US after being publically criticized by the Icelandic Football Federation.  Sorry, we’re not sorry.

Here’s the full roster:

GK: Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEF:  John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
MID: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Reading)
FOR: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

Cody Cropper played well in the U20 World Cup, but T-Ho will surely captain and play 90 minutes.  Here’s to hoping the beast that is John Brooks gets his first cap.  The Hertha fullback has been impressive the last two seasons in Germany. Alejandro Bedoya is fresh off his move to Nantes in France.  Mix looked solid in the GC, but again the U.S. is stacked in the middle of the park.  Will Bobby Wood and/or Aron Johannsson get their first starts/caps?  We sure hope so.

On the other side of park, Bosnia has a few very good players.  Edin Dzeko (Man City), Vedad Ibisevic(Stuttgart), and Asmir Begovic are all well-known across Europe.  Here’s the full roster:

GK: Asmir Begovic (Stoke City), Asmir Avdukic (FK Borac Banja Luka), Jasmin Fejzic (VfR Aalen)
DEF:  Ermin Bicakcic (Eintracht Braunschweig), Emir Spahic (Bayer Leverkusen), Toni Sunjic (FC Zorya Lugansk), Mensur Mujdza (SC Freiburg), Ervin Zukanovic (Genk)
MID: Miralem Pjanic (AS Roma), Senad Lulic (Lazio), Sejad Salihovic (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Adnan Zahirovic (VfL Bocum), Elvir Rahimic (CSKA Moscow), Haris Medunjanin (Gazientepspor), Miroslav Stevanovic (Elche), Zvjezdan Misimovic (Guizhou Renhe), Avdija Vrsajevic (Hajduk Split)
FOR: Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), Vedad Ibisevic (Stuttgart), Edin Visca (Istanbul BB)

No matter the result on Wednesday, you have to take your hat off to Jurgen Klinsmann and his coaching staff, along with the boys for their performance the last 3 months.  It has been sensational to watch.  Let’s keep this momentum heading into the final stretch of qualifying, and beat the living hell out of Mexico in Columbus.

Get to your chapter bars for this one.  It’s a lunchtime kickoff (2:30 ET).  Here’s your list —>

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