Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I Was Stalling - Part Deux

Yup. Klinsi wants to play the ball out of the back, we all want to. So, to me, it seems kinda obvious Ream needs a good look on the left. His experience playing in the center adds another set piece marker and he can also deliver restarts at the other end. Garza has plenty of edge for this level, but needs control. As with Goodson on the last list, I have no idea why Parkhurst has disappeared from the scene. The USMNT had won his last eight starts (including nearly all of Gold Cup 2013) until a February draw with Mexico that saw him put in a solid showing at... dundunDUNNNN... left back.

Truthfully, I'm on the fence about Rogers at left back at this level, but a hot run of form down the stretch would draw attention. Klute has been hit by a series of injury setbacks this year, but his ability to get to the attacking corner and put crosses in remains tempting.

Tim Ream
Gregory Garza
Michael Parkhurst

On the verge of needing a call: Robbie Rogers

Get back to fit and maybe we can talk: Chris Klute


I will have a congested #6 midfield spot up later today, the equally busy #8 tomorrow, the #10 on Friday and then get to the attack line next week.



- Greg Seltzer

17 comments:

dikranovich said...

the question must be asked, are any of these choices better than Fabian Johnson? at this position. LB! we can deal with whether or not FJ is better at left mid or left back after we resolve the first question.

Greg Seltzer said...

That question has been asked by you and answered by me repeatedly. Even if Johnson is the best left back option (and I am not saying he is), you are failing to factor in the opportunity cost of settling for the second best left winger as he moves into defense.

Let's not do reruns.

justinwkoehn said...

If we're talking fullback positions, I think the opportunity costs are mitigated more on the right side then the left. Yedlin is #1 on the depth chart for christ sakes. I do agree though that you put players in position that maximize their strengths, not in places to try to cover up weaknesses. I am also a fan of playing them in the same position they play at for their club.

Dany Tzvi said...

and tbh its not like we dont have good LB options. as greg mentioned, parkhurst has a great track record for us at LB, and Tim Ream is proven to be very capable out there. imo garza is more for the next couple of years but its a pretty good core, at least good enough that we don't need to worry about filling it in desperately.

yankee said...

Shea was very good at LB for us only a few months ago.

I'd take him there over all of the above.

andrés said...

If I'm being honest, none of these lists are very inspiring, let alone our prospects for LB. Not to take away anything from their individual qualities or our team as a whole, but our depth won't really take us to that dream of "next level." But I do agree with @yankee, Brek seems to be the best choice at LB in limited number of appearances. Maybe only because of the style we end up winning with, backs who can attack but are lacking in defense.

justinwkoehn said...

If we keep using wingers as fullbacks, why don't we just go to a 3-5-2 then?

Cathal said...

We did pretty well with Carlos Bocanegra at LB - no reason why Tim Ream can't replicate, especially against the more talented teams.

dikranovich said...

Doesn't FJ play better from LB because when he gets the ball, in the attack, or going into the attack, it is usually a ball played to him in space, and that is his game. Johnson is a finesse player, like zambrotta was a finesse player. He is not mixing it up, like our outside mids are required. Just look at the yellow card FJ picked up last game. It explains clearly why Johnson belongs on at fullback and not in the midfield, or if you want to get cute and call him an attacker, a left winger, because this is fantasy where USA is playing this Dutch 4-3-3. If this stuff is going to be spoon fed like we are mikey eating life cereal.

Maybe QPR have big plans for Tim team in the championship.

Greg Seltzer said...

What get cute? Johnson came up as a winger and the best clubs he has played for mostly use/used him as an attacker. You think the guy cannot mix it up, and yet you want him in the back line... this makes no sense. And you like to forget that he is often a woeful back post marker.

You have your opinion, I have mine.

Dany Tzvi said...

FJ cant tackle -> FJ belongs at fullback

http://alltheragefaces.com/img/usercreated/4f74d22c30208.png

dikranovich said...

I didn't think this was as much about opinion, but was about fact. Fabian Johnson was a revelation for our national team at fullback in the biggest international competition in the world. I mean Timmy chandler is a starting right back in the bundas league, yet he is forth on your depth chart, yet you will use bundas league stats to try and fit FJ into this position, which he has not played as well as for the USA.

What's wrong with playing Fabian Johnson where he will help the U.S. National team the most? Greg, go back and see what your own ratings were for FJ in his games in midfield and his games in defense, and my guess is your own ratings will be higher for him in defense than they will be for him in midfield.

Greg Seltzer said...

What revelation was he? He played about as we knew he would, which was for the most part pretty decent. Look... I never said every situation is judged on the exact same criteria, but what does Chandler have to do with it? I think everyone will agree he tends to perform better with his club than he does for the Nats. I just think he needs to sit and watch a couple games now. I am not throwing him away, by any means.

Back to FabJo, the guy has five assists in less than 900 minutes as an attacker. In the other 1,900 minutes as a wingback, he has four. And that is even before we get to the goals allowed where he has been among the culpable. He has played wing or AM in wins over Slovenia, Germany, WCQ wins over Panama, at Costa Rica and at Jamaica, and over Nigeria and the Netherlands. Obviously, he has been in some good wins as a wingback, as well. But my opinion is he should be and is needed more in attack.

Tom said...

Hm.

I see what you're saying about FJ, Greg, but still disagree.

I think that when you have a deep hole, it is better to fill it as much as you can, even if that means your tower won't reach as high as it might.

The thing that makes it close for me is FJ losing folks on set pieces/crosses from the other side.

I might be wrong, though.

Greg Seltzer said...

Back post marking is serious business to me.

Tom said...

Yeah, and you definitely have a point.

Tony M said...

If, by some crazed JK fever dream chance we do go to a 352, Ream's importance goes up exponentially.