Those who've read NSC for a long time will know I find it most ideal for one winger to act as more of a set-up guy and for the other to work defenders hard on or off the ball. This concept brings us to left wing...
I'll tell ya right now, I'm not yet married to the notion of FabJo as a surefire starter. He'd also make for one hell of a bench threat and there are other attacking players showing more USMNT consistency at this time. I even briefly considered (gasp!) finally sliding him to left back. It is precisely his ability on the dribble that keeps him as my starter here.
But if he continues to underwhelm on occasion and Klinsi is so kind as to give a certain Mr. Beasley a run-out in his proper position, things could change. Yeah... some folks have been sure I'm hatin' on Da Bease, when I actually consider him nearly neck-and-neck for the top spot here. Shea, on the other hand, is exactly some damn playing time at Stoke away from being able to make the squad. His overt desire to ask questions of any and all defenders means he is a great third option to have.
- Greg Seltzer