Again, for my money, the group of three for the playmaking midfielder/late area raider almost stacks itself up.
A lot of people scoffed when I gave Deuce a high grade for his performance in the recent Mexico victory. I tell them all the same thing; though it wasn't his most obviously excellent game, Dempsey finally seemed to settle into the role of building that bridge from midfield to attack. Not just that, but he did so with several extremely difficult touches and wiggles through opposition, as well as some nice vision in supplying entry points for his teammates. Add in his predatory nature heading into the box and a position I'd waffled over a bit for many months now seems to be solidifying.
Mix is my designated "true #10" guy. I'd would be stunned if Klinsi doesn't both take him to Brazil and use him in key spots. Placing Bedoya here may hurt his chances for the final squad or it may not. He's a better bet to make it on the wing, and his play there is improving, but I still want to see him given some chance to show what he can do running up the gut. You all should want that, too.
- Greg Seltzer