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Yeah yeah yeah, I know. Too bad. Come October, if Klinsi does not call up Lichaj - a speedy guy who can play both sides at about the same level - it may eventually prove to be a major error in judgment. Am I being overly dramatic? To be honest, I can't be 100% sure. And neither can anyone else. As it stands, the guy is killin' it early in the Championship, a league that can actually be more difficult to adapt to than the Prem because of the breakneck match pace (just ask Tim Ream about that).
Castillo, meanwhile, seems to be getting a bit more comfy at the international level. Some may scoff, but it says here he could prove of use against teams with a South/Central American style. Then again, he could miss the boat entirely. Spector is a fairly experienced, reliable option who can play on both flanks. Beyond that, MLS youngsters like Colorado's Chris Klute and even Seattle right back DeAndre Yedlin could reasonably get auditions here over the next year.
This is probably the shakiest top three on my entire depth chart. So much so that I even considered temporarily giving Fabian Johnson the spot to keep it warm until an actual left back can emerge. In the end, it was a case of sticking to the guns. Let's face it: continually playing wingers in this spot will only keep it a weakness.
At some point, and that point is hopefully now here, we need to season some proper left backs if we ever want to stop fretting the position ad nauseum. Deal with it.
- Greg Seltzer