With the start of the Copa America looming and a date with Colombia to prepare for, Jurgen Klinsmann has named his 40-man preliminary roster from which he can choose a final his final 23 players. We'll take a look at the form and situations of all 40 players in that pool, taking into account both club and international play in the last couple of months. Grades are assigned based on positive form and situation, NOT on overall talent (so when I give Edgar Castillo a higher grade than, say, Geoff Cameron, I'm not saying one player is better than the other or should be starting). We're just seeing how the big happy family is doing right now, ok?
The U.S. goalkeeping situation hasn't migrated too much since World Cup Qualifying matches against Guatemala, with the highest-ranking keepers having rather dismal seasons and younger players in the pool still not proving themselves outstanding enough to warrant a changing of the guard in the net by Klinsmann. Let's take a look.
Bingham continues to play solidly in MLS, helping San Jose to a road point a man down in Philadelphia in addition to racking up two clean sheets against Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls. After news that he had impressed in January camp and a subsequent call-up for World Cup Qualifiers, the third keeper spot appears to be Bingham's to lose. Grade: B+
It's hard to grade Guzan simply because Aston Villa as an entire team have been so unbelievably inept. Regardless, they're going down next season, and it doesn't seem likely Guzan will be picked up by anyone else based on his play this season. Grade: C-
Still on the bench. He'll get a couple of testimonial games for Everton in the last two weeks of the season, but he didn't look particularly special against Guatemala. Grade: D
Was one of the very, very few bright spots on the U-23 team that fell to Colombia, and will continue to get European experience as Molde's number one. Probably won't make the Copa America roster, but he's not far off, either. Grade: B+
Rimando seems to be on his way out of the National Team picture, which is ironic seeing as he's the one who's looked most impressive (in this small sample size) as of late. Check out his Scott Sterling impression:
Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando pulled off an incredible double save in the MLS last night!https://t.co/NfMtdIqWHe— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) May 1, 2016