Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Right-Hand Men

Most right-footed forwards will tell you they favor service coming from the right; it's only natural. As such, I want table setters out there.

Landon Donovan
Graham Zusi
Joe Corona

Choice #1? Duh-doy. His understudy? The same. Sure, some will insist Donovan must play as a forward, but they are confused. World Cup is one thing, MLS and CONCACAF are another. Sorry if that hurts, but it's real. And the last time I checked, Donovan's most impressive runs with strength of opponent factored in typically have come wide right (at Everton, World Cup 2002, etc.). At this time, Zusi is the most reliable pure wing type, but his game does need to rise again.

As for Corona, his last handful of USMNT appearances were pretty swell and bench players need to be able to make the big play. He's got a cool about him in those situations I like. If Josh Gatt can return with a vengeance in 2014, he may still have a bid here - but I'm not counting on it and waiting on him until the next cycle seems a lot less nervy then it was earlier this year.

- Greg Seltzer


dikranovich said...

greg, I really do think that everyone understands the difference between the world cup and MLS. most of us have FIFA and understand what the rankings mean. USA has two 81s on the latest version, then a couple of 79s and so on down the line. one only needs to play with Germany to comprehend the difference.

don't need to hear it from you, for the fifth time in as many days. I know it makes you feel good to say it though.

Greg Seltzer said...

No, everyone really doesn't. I'm still getting emails and still being told Bease is the left back, etc.

dikranovich said...

if DMB needs to platoon at left back at the world cup, he will be just fine, and so will the USA. it really is no big thing.

competition gets tougher, but players also raise the level of their game.

you have been giving the great example of jonny b doing so well, raising the level of his game at the last world cup. if he can do it, then it is a good sign that others can as well.

Greg Seltzer said...

Yeah... he raised his game at his actual position. But how did Eddie Lewis do playing LB in '06? That's my point.

dikranovich said...

eddie lewis did about as well as carlos bocanegra, and that's to say they were both culpable on pretty costly goals. eddie on the first, and carlos on the last goals scored against the USA in that world cup.

TrueCrew said...

Bedoya is obviously #2 right now. Or at least #3.

Greg Seltzer said...

I have him elsewhere.