We move along to the right center back position, which is sure to start more debates.
Michael Orozco Fiscal
Even the vehement Goodson detractors must admit he's played rather well in a US shirt since helping them win in Italy for the first time last February. His confidence on the ball is at an all-time high and it shows. He's also an absolute nightmare to defend on set pieces. If we can get "vs. Mexico" Gonzalez every time out, he can take the starting role - but I'm still concerned that he hasn't really faced anything like one would encounter at a World Cup. And say what you want about including Orozco Fiscal after his last outing at right back, but I quite enjoyed his stealthy central performances working off a monster-sized partner during Gold Cup. I'd like to see that again, actually.
And frankly, unless George John finally gets a look or Oguchi Onyewu starts capably working a day job, I'm not sure there are any players close to splintering this RCB trio. It is what it is, but what it is might not be so bad.
- Greg Seltzer