Imagine I am making some sort of intricate hand gesture to denote we have moved to left wing (this skill eludes me). You may have noticed this time I went through the clipboard out of 1-11 order, more closely resembling the one used on a line-up mention. It was purely for the drama of it, and now that you know Green is over thar and not over har, the question begs: who is over har?
Take a wild guess. And then a winder one at the current understudy.
Yep, I still see value in Da Bease as a winger at this level; more than I see with him as a wingback, I can promise. His bag of skills is perfectly suited for this back-up role. Of course, the same could be said for the younger Shea, but he still seems just shy (or more) of makin' it happen.
As for Donovan, this move (while not my preference) would definitely open up his shot a lot more, especially if Zusi is sending balls in from the right. It also gives me the greatest assurance that the left winger will be helping Johnson defensively, including as a pressure valve passing target. In other words, this may be the least painful position switch I could make on the entire roster.
Added note: It seems we have some combo of confusion, memory fade and new readers, so let's quickly recap what exactly this is. This is an imaginary depth chart made as if I was the coach (with the understanding that I am not actually witness to training or in charge of who gets run out where during it). This is in no way a prediction of who will end up going or any sort of Klinsi mind-read. It is fully my choices, positionally and tactically, based on what I would choose to be done. At the end, I will name an "as if we had to make the roster today" 23, that like all of these are subject to change until the roster deadline. And it will all make sense. Heh.
- Greg Seltzer