Between mainstays Eddie Lewis, DaMarcus Beasley, Bobby Convey and stray cameos from guys like Earnie Stewart and Landon Donovan, the USMNT went a long time with no need to look for left wing impact. Things have changed, with our current rotating cast of characters. And, of course, the choice of my starter Johnson has been perhaps the #1 topic of discussion at NSC since he joined the pool.
Wood says he is a striker, but I am not entirely sure at the international level. Basically, it came down to picking which hybrid forward(s) would help populate the wing stables. Young guys like Morris and Wood moved wide, partially because, put quite simply, they can ruuuuuuuuun. This scares defenders and annoys opposing wingers. It stretches the field in all directions and gives them more room to maneuver. And they can get other involved. Many will want Shea playing left back, but to me this remains nothing more than a fairly decent emergency option. Yeah, it could work eventually, but it is already working at taking away the most special thing he does for the team.
A few days back, I mentioned in the comments that I had almost been ready to include Lletget on the #10 list. I did not reveal then that he was actually landing on this one. Nguyen just seems too un-physical for central park duties. Remember when PSV bought him to play left wing? No? Well, he has barely played it since leaving Eindhoven, and I would not mind seeing him out there on the flank a time or two. With Gyau, it is just a waiting game. Hopefully, but this time next year, the injuries are just a faded memory.
Almost ready: Sebastian Lletget
Might still like another look: Lee Nguyen
Please get fit: Joseph Gyau
- Greg Seltzer