Top 5 Midfielders for U.S. National Team
Top 5 U.S. Midfielders
The U.S. men's national soccer team is well known for players like Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey; that is no secret. Since these players have moved up to the forward position as of late, however, the U.S. has been looking for players to step up and fill the void that now has formed at the midfield position.
Team USA does have several options when it comes just filling the roles of the midfield positions. Over the past few seasons fans have seen players like Stuart Holden, Ricardo Clark and Maurice Edu play at the midfield position. Now that the team is looking forward to this year’s World Cup in Brazil, coach Jurgen Klinsmann must find his rotation of five or six players that will be a consistent force for the U.S.
It is a shame, though, that a player of Holden's potential had to get hurt and will not be available come June. Holden has been making tremendous strides to get back into his full fitness in hopes to return to the field not only for his club Bolton but for the U.S. national team as well.
The U.S. really is in a bind in terms of making sure they have the right personnel to run with the elite players when they play against Germany, Portugal and Ghana. All three of these teams possess multiple individuals who are not only more talented but also faster than the players for the United States. What can the U.S. do about that? Thankfully, there has been a new crop of talent that has started to form in the past two seasons. Players that have not been at the forefront of fans' minds are now emerging as consistent and dangerous threats.
Who are those players, you ask? Well, why don't you take a look at the slideshow and see the top five midfielders are for the U.S. men's national team.
Baxter Colburn is a U.S. Men’s Soccer Team writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Baxstar20, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google
5. Brek Shea
Besides having a lot of tattoos and crazy hairstyles, Brek Shea is one of the best wingers that the U.S. has. Currently Shea is over in England playing for Stoke City, but he has been sent out on loan for one month to Barnsley. The experience and knowledge of the game that Shea possesses is crucial for the U.S. when it comes to keeping up with speedy outside midfielders and attackers. He may be young, but he is definitely one of the best midfield options for the team.
4. Jermaine Jones
Currently the oldest player out of the five players mentioned in the slideshow, Jones has been able to find a better form in recent months for not only his club but also for his nation. Jones is one player that the U.S. must have play every single group game in order to make sure that the central midfield is secure. Having a player with the knowledge and experience that Jones possesses makes him one of the best at pairing with Michael Bradley and the central midfield. During his time with the US national team, Jones has scored two goals and made 38 appearances. He will try to make sure the younger players on the team understand what it is like to play at the highest level possible and how to react in games like the World Cup.
3. Mix Diskerud
Diskerud's rank may come as a surprise to most of you, but a player of his talent is paving the way for a transition at the midfield position. Personally, I feel that was all the experience that Diskerud possesses from playing his professional soccer in Europe will benefit him on the big stage of the World Cup. Since making his first appearance for the stars and stripes back in 2010, Diskerud has scored two goals in his 16 appearances for the US national team. Experts argue that his lack of appearances for Team USA make him an inexperienced player, but when you watch this kid play, it is like watching a seasoned veteran on the field. When this June rolls around don't be surprised if he is on the U.S. team. He possesses a tremendous amount of talent and will make enormous waves in in the midfield for the United States.
2. Graham Zusi
- After being voted the best player MLS by the college combine players, it is no surprise that Zusi is on this list. Zusi is poised to be the next dominant midfielder for team USA, and this upcoming World Cup is the perfect place for him to showcase his skills to the world. So far Zusi has won a MLS Cup and has scored three times in his 18 appearances for the national team. Since joining Sporting Kansas City back in 2009, he has made 123 appearances and has recorded 17 goals. Fans and experts have already been saying that Zusi is poised to be the next Landon Donovan.
1. Michael Bradley
One of two new additions to the Toronto FC squad, Bradley has been a consistent fixture on the national team for many seasons. Since his debut back in 2006, Bradley has recorded 11 goals in 82 matches for the United States. It could be argued that he is currently the most consistent and the most reliable at the midfield position. With his new transfer into the MLS, it will be interesting to see how coach Klinsmann uses him in the upcoming games before the World Cup. Bradley will be the best shot for the United States at keeping them in field lockdown and making sure players like Cristiano Ronaldo do not have a field day with the United States' defense.