United States Men’s National Team Head Coach Bruce Arena announced his 40-man preliminary Gold Cup roster on Saturday. Chris Wondolowski made the list, David Bingham did not.
Chris Wondolowski deserves the call-up, but don’t expect a final roster spot, even after Saturday’s horrendous game versus 57th ranked Venezuela in which forward Bobby Wood failed to log a shot. Dom Dwyer will be probably be capped in Wood’s place going forward, to go along with Dempsey, Jozy, and Morris. While I’ve been pulling for Bobby to make himself into a presence, neither him nor Gyasi Zardes have shown themselves to be worth international competition, and thus it’s no surprise that neither were called up.
Some Quakes fans may cry foul, but the writing was on the wall for Bingham. This season has not be the greatest for Bings, and the Quakes defense has been shaky at best. Bingham’s save percentage is 61.5%, which is among the league’s worst performers. Bingham also has the terrible tendancy to boot his goal-kicks out of bounds, which is simply inexcusable. He will have a long road back to work his way in front of other ‘keepers that are making names for themselves, including Joe Bendik, Luis Robles, and Jesse Gonzalez. In fact, I will predict now that Bingham never plays in another national team game, though he may receive a “Camp Cupcake” call up in January.
One name that is probably on Arena’s radar is Nick Lima. The team has always had a problem with left-back, and the aging DeMarcus Beasley was not called up. Villafana is probably the go-to starter, but Lima has proven himself a skilled and quick fullback that can play both sides. Don’t be surprised if Lima starts getting some looks in the coming years.