Monday, July 21, 2014

This is where it starts to get tricky.

We could debate these midfield positions forever. So I will go ahead and get it started. Cameron remains my top choice here, but the fight for second looks ruthless. The ability to dart into attack suddenly gives Williams the edge, but I have been obsessed with seeing Okugo as a rover-bot destroyer ever since I watched him repeatedly confound a seriously talented Young Ajax side that included World Cup 2014 participant Joel Veltman, as well as current Ajax regulars Thulani Seraro and Ricardo van Rhijn, in a 60-minute scrimmage. Mo better still be involved in the race, too.

Geoff Cameron
Daniel Williams

Amobi Okugo
Maurice Edu
Perry Kitchen


Also being monitored: Caleb Stanko, Alfredo Morales, Jonathan Spector








- Greg Seltzer

17 comments:

RobUsry said...

Good group. This will be a crucial spot for us if we're going to really try the 4-3-3 system like Klinsmann wants.

UnitedDemon said...

It's OK Greg. Kitchen will win this one by 2018, so picking him for the list is a wise choice. Kid will cover for Braldey perfectly, is improving his passing game, finding his touch on the ball, and is scoring on top of all that. I'm biased, but he's the top of my list right now, Cameron will find himself somewhere else.

Greg Seltzer said...

You must remember Cameron is almost like a 3rd CB in this position on defensive set pieces. That is an edge on the rest of this field in a short tourney (even if Edu is an attack restart ace).

Mark Mickelson said...

I like it, but no Trapp?

Greg Seltzer said...

Not at this position, no. :)

Zach said...

You see Trapp as something other than a 6? That's novel, but guess I can see him turning into a Stu Holden-esc midfielder.

Tony M said...

I'm not sure about this group. Your explination of Cameroen being like a thrird CB makes sense, since at 33 I don't see him springing up into the attack... I don't know. I'm hoping the Kids Are Gonna br Alright here...

By the way, who do you see as coach? Tab Ramos?

AAHHH AHAHAHA. Had to go there....

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Zach:

Yeah, that is about where I am at with Trapp. I think he will have more value as the second DM (so to speak) and spraying outlet passes into attack. On the other hand, next to strong defensive guys like Cameron/Williams/Edu he may not quite stack up.

@ Tony:

Klinsi, I suppose.

Jolazo said...

Greg, any idea why Philadelphia moved Mo to CB and Okugo to DM? Good move in your opinion?

dwc414141 said...

Though I have seen very little of him, Stanko intrigues me. If, as some reports claim, he begins to see the field in the Bundesliga this season he could well be on the path to have a couple seasons full time experience at a high level going into 2018. That would make him a serious candidate for a roster spot.

BTM said...

Kitchen's been solid this year, and it's a great sign if he's our fifth option at this spot. The best part is that he's still just five years old.

mark said...

Did not realize he was that young.

dikranovich said...

His birthday is February 29th. So really, he is five and a half.

justinwkoehn said...

It looks like Danny Williams had knee surgery yesterday. I wonder how long he'll be out.

Greg Seltzer said...

Yeah, I am awaiting an update from the medical staff. Hopefully have that up later today.

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Devin Mathias said...

Interesting to see Spector on there...