Friday, July 18, 2014

The Position

Despite the fact that USMNT left backs have put in rather admirable shows in the program's last six World Cup matches, left back continues to be known as that position. You know the one, where the everlasting wish is to find a lock-solid, high-level starter in his natural place to fly the flag on flanks.

Well, just you get ready (even if Pelosi ends up working the Liverpool midfield or attack one day. And yes, I know he is in a serious recovery, but time does march on for some and he could be special. The second choice was a very tough one, but there is just something I like about Klute - can't quite put my finger on it. Do not laugh at Orozco Fiscal, who can actually fill in all along the backline and provides a set piece secret weapon far bigger than his size.

Marc Pelosi
Chris Klute

Gregory Garza
Michael Orozco Fiscal
Juan Pablo Ocegueda


Also being monitored: Seth Sinovic


On Monday, we move on to the silly crowded midfield frame for 2018.



- Greg Seltzer

24 comments:

justinwkoehn said...

I was ready to come on here and tell you how badly you missed LB and Marc Pelosi will be the surprise LB in 4 years, but to my amazement, you not only selected him in the 23, but you have him a starter. Nailed it.

RobUsry said...

They don't deserve to be on the list yet but keep an eye on Jorge Villfaña and Robbie Rogers

Jamie said...

I have never seen him listed as a LB, am I missing something?

Cameron Schulten said...

I'm sorry chandler after pelosi, easy. Not a natural LB but better than those other scrubs

Greg Seltzer said...

The new cycle is a few weeks old and you already want to move players out of their best positions? How do you expect to ever have a proper left back?

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Jamie:

Pelosi was signed by Liverpool as a left back. He has played there quite a bit.

Cameron Schulten said...

I mean I want a natural LB there more than anything, but with Yedlin at RB and Chandler settling nowhere I think he could be really useful as a foil to Yedlin. I know he's slotted in there in the past, so I think he could eventually get comfortable like Mr. Beasley.

dikranovich said...

According to the Liverpool page, pelosi is listed as a midfielder. Yet he is top choice left back on Greg's fantasy team. Maybe Greg is starting to learn something here.

Chandler playing left back is not like DMB, because he is not left footed like ft Wayne.

The Twelfth Yank said...

Why no Lichaj?

Greg Seltzer said...

Lichaj is #2 on the right back list.

Zach said...

Liked what I saw from the U20 LB last night. Forgot his name but plays for Xolos. Confrontational but skilled, enough speed, good 1v1 and tracking runs

arials101 said...

Right now I think the most likely outcome for Marc Pelosi is getting released at the end of his current Liverpool contract in 12 months time. It's harsh but he's spent well over a year out injured at a key stage in his development, he's never played a competitive senior game and he'll have to have a incredibly good season in the reserves to get a chance there.

In preseason Liverpool have so far used Jon Flanagan (21), Jack Robinson (20) and Brad Smith (20) as left backs. Pelosi is 20 himself and has spent preseason training with the reserves, so well down the pecking order. Plus they're still in the market for a senior left back and have targeted Alberto Moreno (22) and Ben Davies (21). Not a lot of opportunities there.

"time marching on for some" must be a Gerrard reference - Liverpool have used two very highly rated young central midfielders so far in preseason in Jordan Rossiter (17) and Adam Phillips (16). They have also just spent £10m on a Germany U21s midfielder who is the same age as Pelosi.

Pelosi can play on the wing as well, but so can Raheem Sterling (19), Jordon Ibe (18) and Harry Wilson (17 and already a senior Welsh international) - all younger, more experienced and better players.

Zak Whitbread was a highly rated prospect at Liverpool too once even playing in Champions League qualifiers for them, but being rated in a big teams academy isn't a passport to success and he made zero league appearances before being shipped out and becoming a squad player at various Championship teams...

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Zach:

Garza.

@ arials101:

What Liverpool does with left back while he is injured or not is not my concern - let alone four years ahead of the fact. Lots of things happen in four years.

As for training with the reserves, he is just trying to return from a serious injury. Where else would he be right now?

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Zach:

Sorry, that was actually John Requejo. That's what happens when i am talking to too many people at once. Garza is too old for that team. Duh-doy.

Zach said...

Ha, yes Requejo. Australia was legit and he held it down.

I dunno if you caught that game but Thompson is an enigma. Can't figure out if he is a future adult rec player or the right footed Gareth Bale

Jamie said...

Oh geez, I thought he was a midfielder for the most part.

Danny Boy said...

Pelosi has rarely played LB for Liverpool only like 2 or 3 games. He has mainly played at CM/AM before his injury. Not saying he won't see more time at LB going forward, but my money is on him staying in the middle of the park going forward.

Matt said...

I haven't seen Pelosi play. But as anyone who watched Klute play against Portland last night saw, he's big, fast, good in one v one situations, and positionally solid. He fully he deserves his #2 slot. Reminds me of Sanneh and that's a high compliment.

Matt said...

@ Cameron: watch Klute play. MLS games are easy to find. He's far, far from being a scrub.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Danny Boy:

Again, I am not so much concerned with where Liverpool plays him. Club is club. NT is NT.

arials101 said...

"As for training with the reserves, he is just trying to return from a serious injury. Where else would he be right now?"

He played in one or two reserve games for Liverpool at the end of last season, so he's been back for a few months now.

Greg Seltzer said...

He played 15 minutes in one of two games where he dressed, which is obviously not enough to regain match sharpness and comfort.

Luetchy said...

FC Dallas fan here. I was thrilled you mentioned Hedges and Zim for CB. How about Moises Hernandez for LB? In Saturday's game against NE, there was a run in the 76’ where he collected the ball at the top of his box and proceeded to blaze past both Rowe and Barnes down the left sideline. He took a shot from the top of the other box that Shuttleworth could only parry down to Blas, who was in prime position to pounce on but tripped instead. See here: http://youtu.be/wCEtv3O0kx0?t=6m24s
This is the kind of play we are starting to see consistently from Moises. Think he gets a call-up in the next year?

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