Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Klinsi makes three roster changes

Jozy Altidore, Gregory Garza and Alfredo Morales are out, while Alan Gordon, DaMarcus Beasley and Joe Corona have come aboard our Gold Cup ship. Jurgen Klinsmann discusses the whys here




- Greg Seltzer

13 comments:

justinwkoehn said...

I approve of these changes. By not sending Chandler home, that means Fabian won't be shifted to RB to make room...rather he'll be pushed up to LW.

Dany Tzvi said...

seems like Jozy rushed back from his hammy injury way to fast

dikranovich said...

I have yet to see the proof that FJ is more valuable in the midfield than he is in defense, certainly not with our National team. Last night was a great example of why formation matters far less than personnel. Bedoya switches to the left and Johnson has a player with whom he can play off of. He did not have that with morales. And you bring in the pace of yedlin, and that theoretically should have helped out chandler. I think what we want to see if Fabian Johnson working the right side with road runner. Beep beep!! FJ could work the right flank with bedoya over there as well.

Greg Seltzer said...

- I have yet to see the proof that FJ is more valuable in the midfield than he is in defense, certainly not with our National team.

First of all, you should check out the Bundesliga. You might have heard of it. :)

Secondly, I will go on a limb to suggest you saw the Netherlands win. He does not play wingback for the us because that is his best spot, he plays it because it is often among our shakiest.




- Last night was a great example of why formation matters far less than personnel. Bedoya switches to the left and Johnson has a player with whom he can play off of. He did not have that with morales. And you bring in the pace of yedlin, and that theoretically should have helped out chandler.

It was no such thing. The reason Johnson and Morales did not do so much in the first half is quite simply because the ball was usually on the other side of the field. Then, in the second half the majority of play was on the left and Johnson got busier. Besides, Bedoya has plenty of experience playing either wing, so it was not some organic free-form miracle.




- I think what we want to see if Fabian Johnson working the right side with road runner. Beep beep!! FJ could work the right flank with bedoya over there as well.

Whether it works to some degree is not the question. The question is about weighing opportunity cost. But yeah, I am sure those combos would hit it off. Or you could get more by having FabJo/Bedoya/Yedlin across your attacking midfield line.

dikranovich said...

Greg, let's talk about what the team is doing now. They are playing a diamond midfield, not three attackers in the midfield.

dikranovich said...

Michael Bradley is playing a 10, not an 8, because a diamond doesn't play with an eight.

dikranovich said...

Oh, you want to play bedoya in the ten and Bradley in the six. I see now.

Greg Seltzer said...

Keep it in one comment at a time, please. And, erm, a 4-3-3 has room for a #8 and three playmakers at the same time.

dikranovich said...

greg, if you can admit that the Dutch league is weak defensively, I can admit that a 4-3-3 has room for an eight and three playmakers, which I'm sure coincides with the weak defense played in that league.

Matt said...

Welcome home, Dik. Was quiet around here.

Dany Tzvi said...

the front 6 in a 4-3-3 is a 6, an 8, an 8/10, a 9 (sometimes false), and two pure wingers. if you can keep possession, its an 8 and 4 playmakers (pure wingers are very much playmakers)

dikranovich said...

Berti vogts understands where Fabian johnsons talents are best utilized. The German legend understands that Johnson is more productive from a wingback position than he is in midfield. Instead of living in denial, let's discuss why this is the case.

justinwkoehn said...

Well Berti/JK used Fabian at RB during the world cup. When Gladbach had more room to play Fabian at LW, and he wasn't immediately tearing it up, Vogts made the comment. It seemed like a reasonable conclusion, as Fabian does do well as a wingback, and Vogts made the comments to protect Fabian, and justify his current form and lack of playing time. Since then, Fabian has excelled at LW and starts regularly for the 3rd place Bundesliga club. I think we are lucky enough to have FB who can play 4 different positions well for us.