Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Donovan's down, so Buddle's up

It's the camp with no natural LB's or proper #10's allowed. Apparently. At least we've brought 634 forwards. That'll show 'em our new system!

On an obviously unrelated note, I can confirm that Benny Feilhaber still exists.

- Greg Seltzer


primoone said...

How fitting that you put benny's mug on a milk carton considering how often he has gone missing when he actually played with the nats.

Anonymous said...

Don't you mean 634 CMs?

Greg Seltzer said...

@ primeone: Name the number of times Benny has played anything resembling his real position for the USMNT.

@ Erik: Yeah, that also, but he didn't call up another CM in place of Donovan.

Mark said...

Mix Diskerud anyone? An absolute joke how he wasn't given a look.

Even Sacha Klejstan is doing very well.

Greg Seltzer said...

I agree on Mix, but he's at the very end of his season. Best hold him off until January, I think.

I also agree on Kljestan, but my thing is Benny is right there, a couple hours away.

I'm also fine with Buddle getting a look, but how many strikers can we play? Some of them will go unused, perhaps even Buddle.

primoone said...


You have a point. Many of the players have played out of thier natural position under the old regime however, basing his past performances may be a little unfair and the small sample is not indicative of his real ability.

All things being equal...lets not be surprised about his "missing" status. If he was not selected then i have a feeling that maybe it was because he didnt demonstrate what he could do during his time with the national team considering the sample he gave wasnt even a sign of what he can actually bring to the table.

That said, lets take a look at what benny has accomplished with the Revs and take a look at other candidates that are probably more deserving of a call up...like susi...mix...Adu(based on gold cup alone).

Greg Seltzer said...

Well, being that his performances during the last regime (which really were not so bad as you suggest) came at these wrong positions, I don't see how that's relevant to Klinsi' supposed process.

But yes, Adu would also be fine to call now, somebody natural to the position. I'm not so sure Zusi is ready yet, though. Benny is the glaringly obvious reasonable call.

primoone said...

@ Greg

Well, lets eliminate his past appearences from the US team. Lets Establish a criterion to judge Benny and base it on "what have you done for me lately".

Quite frankly, when you look at it from that perspective and in light of his inconsistent play for the Revs...the omission is not really glaring.

That said, I think Benny is a solid player. He has played very well in Denmark where they don't like to play physical and also like to give playmakers extra time on the ball. Ive seen him get out of tight spaces with tidy back-passing into his own half.

I think he can improve here in the MLS as it is the oposite of what Denmark is with respect to physicality and increased ball pressure. The only problem is that Benny has not been able to make a name for himself in this league.

Greg Seltzer said...

I am going to disagree with you on two things:

1 - I'd say Benny has played well for the Revs.

2 - Denmark is no soft touch league. They just love the counter, which is why he often found space. That was one of his main functions at AGF.