On we go to the other center back slot, the one suddenly wide open for competition after being largely owned by three guys over the last five World Cup cycles.
John Anthony Brooks
Besler has the job right now, but not by nearly the margin some like to claim. He needs to not only be on his top game for the next nine months, but steadily improving. Why? Not just because he still has too many nap moments out there, but mostly because a certain Mr. Brooks is killing it early in the Bundesliga. And moves quicker. And has more tools in his belt at a younger age. And a higher upside. I think you get the point. As for 'Los, don't laugh. Klinsi already said he would have been on the Gold Cup squad were it not for having a club situation to resolve. In addition, no US defender knows the top level ropes better and this factor cannot be ignored when everyone else has no World Cup experience.
As for late interlopers in central defense, the only two players I see right now that could reasonably play their way into the picture besides the previously mentioned duo of George John and Oguchi Onyewu are Zak Whitbread (on the left) and Babajide Ogunbiyi (on the right).
- Greg Seltzer