Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Moving right along...

Sorry for the delay. It has been busy, World Cup 2014 an so on. Plus, it really took me a long while to decide spots two-thru-five on this right backs watch list for 2018. I was even tempted to push Chandler back to his original right wing station.

As for Lichaj, who was my left back preference until injuries ended his club season too soon: a new cycle, to me, means everyone goes back to their optimal position.

What do I mean by everyone? You tell them, Gary:







DeAndre Yedlin
Eric Lichaj
Timothy Chandler
Andrew Farrell

Sheanon Williams

Also being monitored: Zarek Valentin, Kofi Sarkodie, Josh Williams, Chance Myers




- Greg Seltzer

20 comments:

UnitedDemon said...

It seems impossible that Lichaj won't make it back on the team, but JK definitely is intent on ignoring him. Hopefully we see him back.

Scott Kessler said...

Gotta disagree on Williams, who doesn't even play fullback anymore because Gaddis unseated him at RB with the Union.

Matt said...

As Steve Sampson said on last night's MLS podcast, if we, as a nation, cannot produce a better left back, we have a problem. This list is positively uninspiring after Lichaj.

WilkersonMclaser said...

@Scott -- stop peddling misinformation. In no way was Sheanon 'unseated' by Gaddis. Our centerback situation has been so bad that Sheanon has had to deputize there and Gaddis is his obvious backup. If Valdes does indeed return to the team (or Berry steps it up a lot), it is Gaddis who will be 'unseated.'

Jay said...

Berry still needs 1) to get out of the injury loop and 2) a smart, seasoned professional playing next to him. He's got the physical attributes, but needs leadership to make the next step. Compare his rookie season with the Fire (with Arne Friedrich next to him) to his sophomore season (with Bakary Soumare). Valdes will be good for Philly in multiple ways, and the team is in a great position as far as depth is concerned -- once loans expire and injuries heal.

Scott Kessler said...

@Wilkerson: Gaddis was starting in front of Williams well before the latter's move to CB. In fact, Williams only replaced Gaddis directly once in the starting lineup. He spent time at RB earlier in the season after Fabinho was dropped from LB in favor of Gaddis, a natural RB. Williams missed the first four games before appearing on the bench against the Fire. He replaced Gaddis against RSL in the disappointing 2-2 tie. He was dropped back to the bench against NYRB and then returned to the starting lineup against Houston when Hackworth grew weary of Fabinho in the starting lineup, putting Gaddis in at LB. Williams stayed in the starting lineup for two more games at RB, versus the Impact and Seattle, before being dropped to the bench again for the DCU match. He was inserted in at CB for the SKC game, and then moved out to LB against NER, instead of Gaddis, who started once again at RB. Gaddis has started at RB ever since and Williams moved back into the starting lineup at CB and has remained there for the past five games. He's participated in 12 total games, 11 starts, in 18 total games. Gaddis has started ever single Union game this season.

Jolazo said...

So what position does that move Fabian back to? Left wing? Or maybe LB? RW?

He's probably our best player at all of those positions.

dikranovich said...

Jolazo, these lists are not what is real, they are the imagination of one man. Fabian J will not be in the defense, even though that is where he is playing now for club and country and not out of necessity, but quality. None of it matters though because this is just a made up list

Fabian Johnson is our imaginary robben

Greg Seltzer said...

Not out of necessity! Good one.

If you actually think Johnson is a better, more damaging player in defense than he is in attack, well, that speaks for itself.

You are right, though. It is only my imagination four years before the fact. Take that for what it may be worth.

justinwkoehn said...

What's Yedlin's experience at LB?

Greg Seltzer said...

About the same as yours and mine combined. :)

dikranovich said...

Greg, if Fabian goes to b gladbach and plays wingback will you admit defeat on this topic?

Greg Seltzer said...

Why would I admit defeat on my own opinion? Why would anyone want me to?

dikranovich said...

Because your wrong, and because your wrong

Tony M said...

Matt, I'd say that after great finishers, producing great left backs is the most elusive thing in football. A lot of countries have that problem.

Matt said...

Fair point, Tony.

I think the larger point that Sampson was trying to make -- which is unrelated to this particular position -- is that as a nation we need to stop emphasizing creating good goalkeepers and defenders and start creating very attack-minded players.

Tom said...

I would have liked to see Gary Oldman play Anton Chigurh.

dikranovich said...

Tom, the spaniard made the role. Gary has his role as Detroit pimp. Drexel

Bernardinho said...

http://www.obviouswinner.com/obvwin/2012/4/9/everyone.html

Cameron Schulten said...

@Greg--question: it's a bit off-topic but what's your opinion on Perry Kitchen as a future MNT player? Where do you see him being played, why hasn't he gotten the some looks yet? Do you see him as a part of Klinsmanns upcoming youth revolution?

Would DC's lousy play over the last couple of years contribute to him being overlooked recently?