Ching In, Twellman Out
Biggest shock on Bruce Arena’s World Cup roster is Brian Ching’s inclusion at the expense of Taylor Twellman. This can’t be based on recent inernational performances.
Seems Bruce has considered their respective form in MLS (Ching 6 in 5) Twellman (1 in 5) but also his World Cup strategy. With Arena set to play one up top, maybe he thinks Ching would offer more as a replacement target man should anything happen to McBride.
“He easily could’ve been on this roster,” Arena said of Twellman. “He was certainly among the group of players that were in and then out, in and then out along the way over the last couple months.
“We tried to find the right balance and find the right combination of players that would allow us to play a certain style against certain opponents and, in the end, the 23 we selected were the right ones.”
Ching may be more powerful than Twellman but no-one’s too fond of his first touch. On the other hand Twellman would have been devoured by the Italian defence. You could point out weaknesses for either guy, and for Wolff and Johnson too. The only conclusion is that we’re lacking the depth up front that we enjoy elsewhere.
Let’s just hope Mr. McBride stays healthy.
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