Yes, I know, I was supposed to have this up last night. What can I say? Polish girls happen.
Not sure why anything here would be surprising or particularly controversial. I've pushed Cameron as D-mid for as long as I can remember, and on the rare occasions one of his two teams bothers to play him there, the guy always kindly makes me look smart. In addition, playing him in midfield only increases our set piece defending potential. Beckerman gets plenty of flak, but he has obviously worked hard to patch up his international game. Regardless of how one might feel about the relative quality of MLS, it might be nice to see him make a move to Europe. He keeps it simple and that's fine, but I believe seeing new styles and training methods and levels of competition for playing time could do wonders for him. Williams moves ahead of Maurice Edu because, well, current form is one issue and not having played for months on end is quite another. Naturally, his ability to often maintain performance level against top level opposition makes Mo a major threat to get back in the squad by next summer.
However... let me warn that there is no assurance my final squad will take two of these players, as is the case with every other position ranking on this clipboard. I shall explain exactly why when we move to the crazy crowded #8 slot on Monday.
- Greg Seltzer