Monday, March 31, 2014

Moving it along...

It has been a very busy last few days for me, but now we go back to the clipboard for the much discussed USMNT No. 10 slot.

Clint Dempsey
Mikkel Diskerud
Luis Gil


To me, this situation kinda sorts itself. If Dempsey really has lost a step or a mental step or some such quality factor, then yeah, I might actually say to start Mix. For reals. His central park game has strengthened over his caps and he understands how to deal the deck around the area. Besides, we also have Bedoya and Donovan around, both of whom are perfectly capable of running behind the striker and dropping deep as pressure valve. All in all, I rarely ever worry about this place on the field.

I think the Under-20 World Cup experience puts Gil ahead for the alternate slot. Frankly, I would not have objected to seeing Dillon Powers and/or Kelyn Rowe in Mexico camp. I think of all the positions, it is most possible for the super-green (no Julian pun intended) to actually make some World Cup impact: this one and wingers. Not knowing what a speedy talent will do can give even the most solid of veterans a brain fit. And Diskerud has this unknown danger aspect to him, to an extent. But I digress.







- Greg Seltzer

14 comments:

Tom said...

Pretty much agree with you here.

Jolazo said...

Was Benny considered? If so, was it close between him and Gil?

Greg Seltzer said...

Yes, Benny was and is considered, but I think his comments last week (along with the factor of the unknown) may have tilted me toward Gil. I am not so sure it is a priority for him now.

jon said...

"Thankfully, I had the opportunity to play in a World Cup before, and so it's a little less of a sting, I guess, so to speak. If this was my only opportunity to ever play, then yeah, it would be a bit tougher. But of course you always want to play at the highest level, and the World Cup is that for soccer, and that would be great. But at the same time, it's not something that I need to feel satisfied about my career."

These comments? I realize you write that this may have played only part of your decision, but seriously? If he had said "dang man, it really stings to not get called up for the Mexico game 'cause I think I've been playing well and it's my dream to play in the WC in Brazil", then he'd be inching hirer on your depth chart? That's some serious parsing.
Anyway, I'm not lobbying for Benny to necessarily be higher, just found that odd coming from you.

Greg Seltzer said...

Hey, if a guy is not burning to be there then I probably will not be rushing to boost him up the chart. But, no, that factor did not push him down the chart.

justinwkoehn said...

Could you see Johannsson in this role as well? I'm assuming he's omitted here because he will be on the FW depth chart.

Greg Seltzer said...

No, I want AJ next to goal.

Zach said...

Hate to play the if game, but if Nagbe was available where would you put him?

Love the Powers shout out, think he would be great in this spot. Still unsure of Rowe's position, but skilled player for sure.

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Greg Seltzer said...

Rowe makes moves and passes you do not see coming, that is the attraction. For the guys who will be your bench attack players, you want the ability to make an impact with unexpected moments.

Nagbe? Hmmm. That is a very good question, actually. My immediate impulse would be to try him at right wing and under the striker. He has actually scored something like 4-5 goals in 18 MLS starts as a central AM. His striking ability as a late box rusher is tempting. You would likely need the right combo of midfielders behind him, though, one who can do a lot of the lugging and outlet passing.

Zach said...

Yeah, I like Gil but I think USSF has been drooling over him too vehemently. Rowe, Powers, Lletget, Holmes all equally as impressive to me. But only Gil gets the opps.

I think anywhere across those 3 positions behind the striker would work for Nagbe. Is it 2018 yet?

Greg Seltzer said...

I was at the U20WC, where the US had a murderers row of a group. His fine MLS work comes out of position. For me, Gil is ready for senior team seasoning. In my mind, if this was a weak spot in 2014, he would be a serious contender for Brazil. As is, he is the most experienced back-up plan among several intriguing options.

Loblolly Pine said...

I think Benny was trying to downplay his disappointment, as we humans often do when hurt or disappointed. He's been in good form, has vision and experience that Gil hasn't reached.
Dempsey, on the other hand, has been the second coming of Rafa Marquez's schtick, with his hitting out and flopping. He also frequently gripes at teammates instead of getting on with the play, imo not a sign of an intense competitor but an insecure attempt to try to deflect from his play. He is not a steady head and should not be captain, MBradley fills that role whether he's wearing the band or not, hopefully it will be on his arm in Brazil. Klinsmann's "current form" mantra reveals itself to be "good for the goose but not for the gander" ie not applied evenly.

John said...

It's good to see Gil now ahead of feilhaber.