CARSON CA - JANUARY 22: Jeff Larentowicz #8 of the United States controls the ball against Daud Gazale #10 of Chile during the friendly soccer match at The Home Depot Center on January 22 2011 in Carson California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Manager Jurgen Klinnsman has taken over the US Men's National Team twitter today, answering questions around the twitterverse. Regarding the games coming up for the National team, he gave a couple of tidbits of info on what to expect.
So, we know that there are going to be a bunch of MLS players in there, based on how well the players are doing. Jeff Larentowicz has gotten a couple of call ups from the National team recently and is in form for the Colorado Rapids right now, being a stalwart midfielder for them and holding the middle of the group about as well as he ever has, without Pablo Mastroeni at his side as well.
If there's anyone on the Rapids likely to get called up, it's Larentowicz, but Klinnsman has shown a willingness and even a need to insert young talent into the squad to try and shake things up as they look for more goals. That could be an in for Tony Cascio to perhaps get a call up for the 23 man roster for the five games coming up. Cascio has been in form this season for Colorado in his rookie year, scoring two goals so far and earning a starting spot on a fairly deep team at winger and striker.
His prospective position of forward is probably the position that the team has the most need at as well. He's versatile enough to play winger or striker, too.
On May 20th, we'll keep our eyes and ears open; Cascio or Larentowicz are the best hopes for the Rapids to get some solid USMNT representation again. (It's been a while since we had Pablo Mastroeni being an automatic name penciled into the starting XI for America!) Unless of course, Klinsman hits his head really, really hard and decides 'hey, let's call up that Conor Casey guy!'.