Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Art of Facilitation

Again, for my money, the group of three for the playmaking midfielder/late area raider almost stacks itself up.

Clint Dempsey
Mikkel Diskerud
Alejandro Bedoya


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

12 comments:

Jolazo said...

Would Joe Corona be 4th on this list or do you see him as a winger?

Greg Seltzer said...

No, and yes. At least at this time internationally.

Zach said...

Who gets the honorable mentions? A few good, young 10's making names for themselves in MLS

Greg Seltzer said...

True, but none ready to challenge these guys. Gil and Rowe are ones for the next cycle, though.

Zach said...

Thanks. Agree not for this cycle. I would add Powers as a possibility, and hopefully Big Sam gives Lletget a frickin run out some day

dikranovich said...

greg, do you think there is a difference in the way clint is going to play in a 4-4-1-1, as opposed to a 4-2-3-1, and how about if USA go straight up 4-4-2?

time is proving that deuce is not a true 10, nor is he really much of a good provider in general, but he does have his skill set, and he is one of our best players.

UnitedDemon said...

There was a story recently about Luis Gil being courted by Mexico. Frankly, I've never been less worried about Mexico claiming a player.

jon said...

Less worried because when asked if he was interested in Mexico he said "not really" and then went on to talk about how he grew up wanting to play for US Soccer?

Or because you don't rate him?

jon said...

Or because the Mexican Fed probably isn't exactly looking like a bed of roses these days?

UnitedDemon said...

I rate Gil. He's a really exciting creative talent, him and Lletget should be interesting to watch next cycle. No, I'm not worried because Gil has been so steeped in our program, our culture, and our league, and given his importance in the youth teams and the trajectory of his career, he has no reason to change paths whatsoever. Unless of course he wants to be the most out of place player in the Mexico squad.

Greg Seltzer said...

Your feeling is correct, I'm told Gil is USA all the way.

Tyler Kern said...

I strongly agree with your take on Dempsey's showing against Mexico. I think the game plan was for Dempsey to drop deeper to help mitigate for the loss of Bradley, which led to him having a different impact than people are used to seeing.