Friday, January 2, 2015

They attack from the right.

Yes, I am going to get all three forward line positions up tonight.

Alejandro Bedoya
Rubio Rubin
Graham Zusi

Bedoya has greatly improved out wide in the last couple years and continues to get better. And when considering the two-way flank game of a wide attacker, he is now the best at this aspect of the position in the US pool. Yeah, even better than FabJo. And I am sure you are thinking, but hey, Rubin has mostly been starting (and excelling) as either a No. 10 or the center forward. That is all true, but actually, three of five Rubin assists this season have come when he raided the right and picked out the scorer with a cross. Furthermore, both his goals have happened with him invading from... waaaait for it... the right side. Zusi stands on very shaky ground, with Shipp coming on, Corona back to training with a ball and Gatt headed back to full fitness (hopefully for much longer this time) in the spring. One could also try the likes of Rowe out here, me thinks.

- Greg Seltzer


Unknown said...

I would honestly rather see Bedoya get a chance in a box to box MF role that he plays at Nantes.

Greg Seltzer said...

Bedoya almost always plays the #10 or right wing for Nantes. And the last thing we need right now is any more candidates for the #6 and #8 roles. That being said, I could definitely see him moving inside by the end of the cycle. In fact, if he does not, there is likely some problem on the wing.

Jay said...

Obviously he's down on this list, but Harry Shipp rarely plays on the right for the Fire -- typically on the left or high centrally.

Greg Seltzer said...

That is true, but referring to the recent MLS season, I am much more interested right now in his six assists than I am in his six goals. The only two games he started on right wing produced two of those assists and another one or two came when he was on the right side. As he is a natural righty, I tend to suspect his optimum top level position may be on right wing. And I definitely know at this time that we need wingers more than we need central midfielders. I would not necessarily be averse to seeing him get some looks on the left flank, but making a clipboard means making all decisions with the whole picture in mind. :)

RobUsry said...

Please say no to Zusi. He's so damn overrated. I'd rather see Wondo play for us again than Zusi. And that's saying a lot.

Bedoya has definitely proven his worth. I just think he'd be better served as a CM in a 4-3-3.

Rubin is one of my favorites. But I'm still not sure if he's a winger, a 10, or a supporting striker.

Greg Seltzer said...

I think Zusi has more been underperforming for a spell. And yeah, we do not know for sure about Rubin, but I had to make a decision. We do not currently need him in the other spots.

Jay said...

See, that's another thing. Yallop is playing Shipp on the left so that he can cut inside. Shipp's strengths are his craftiness, his sharp touch, and a brutally deft pass... but he doesn't have a great cross, he lacks anything resembling one-v-one ability, and he's remarkably slow. He's just not a winger in any traditional sense. I imagine Gyau has a better chance of establishing himself as a USMNT winger than Shipp does. Which, you know, maybe says something about the sad number of wingers in the pool.