Sunday, September 8, 2013

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Obviously, yellow card suspension have put Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron out for the Mexico clash in Columbus, while Michael Bradley has been scratched with the ankle injury and John Anthony Brooks returned to Hertha Berlin (despite the silly denials). Into USMNT camp comes four players - why three of them are attackers when only one has gone is beyond me.




- Greg Seltzer

7 comments:

Joe Bailey said...

Can JK just get actual right & left backs? Can he? I didn't watch the game (no 'bein sport') but it sounds like stuff got bad in a hurry. I don't think the sky is falling or anything like that, but he might want to do that real-wing-back-thing for the next set of qualifiers...

dikranovich said...

joe, im taking a poll. do you consider Fabian Johnson a real wing back?

Jacob Klinger said...

It's not a black-and-white, yes-or-no, up-down issue. He is clearly the most qualified left back we've seen under Klinsmann. He's also repeatedly shown he's better further up the field.

dikranovich said...

Yak, dude, stop it, come on..... Do you consider brad Evans a wing back? because ill tell you right now that I don't , without mincing any words.

The problem I have, Is that some people are trying to hijack Fabians play at left back and pass it off as midfield play, and that is total B f'ing S

jon said...

"some people are trying to hijack Fabians play at left back and pass it off as midfield play"

Say what? I don't know what that means, so it's difficult to refute it. But, in the land of reality and coherent sentences, people have noticed that FJ makes the US much more dangerous when he lines up in the midfield.

Anyway, I long for the days of fullbacks that are solid on D and can also occasionally overlap or whip in a decent cross. A dream scenario would be a time machine that could provide us with healthy and in-form versions of Heath Pearce at LB and Stevie C. at RB. I don't care about "modern wingbacks" when we don't have a midfield that can lock down possession.

UnitedDemon said...

I personally don't see Costa Rica as proof that Damarcus Beasley can't play left back. He has been, this is literally the first game since he started in the Snow Classico that he didn't have a good game. I can't really point to anyone who did have a good game against Costa Rica except Donovan, so it seems people were waiting for a chance to say that Beasley is #$%^ at the position.

The clearest point of weakness on this team that isn't named Michael Bradley's ankle is right back. Not calling in Lichaj right now is pretty incredible.

John said...

Jacob Klinger: Fabian has been the most qualified LB we've seen in a long time, but the offense is so much better when he gets in the attacking third more.