Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Wing Men

As Shawn Spencer would say: Waaaaaaait fooooor iiiiit...

Jorge Villafaña
Tim Ream 
Michael Parkhurst

Maybe, baby: Edgar Castillo, Chris Tierney, (proud new papa) Robbie Rogers


Yep, in like a flash. Ream is stagnating with a cruddy, poorly managed Fulham side, while Villafaña has gone from strength (Finlay-nullifying MLS champ) to strength (insta-Liga MX boss). It's quite strange that such a dual-international lover like Klinsi has flirted with losing one that plays left back. As with Goodson, I'm wholly unclear how Parkhurst was so completely jettisoned by the regime. I chose three "in the frame" guys because... well... it's left back. With solid World Cup performer Run DMB slowing down, auditions are officially open.




- Greg Seltzer

15 comments:

DaM said...

Robbie is a new dad? I missed that. Good for him!

Anyway, LB has always been an issue for me. Never thought DMB was the answer (I cringed every time a ball was played in the air near him). Defintely not on board with Castillo. I like Ream and I like Parkhurst. They are both solid, if slow-ish but if Fabjo is playing that wing it isn't as much of an issue (definitely not in CONCACAF).

Wish Ream hadn't gone with Fulham. Still searching after all this time. Still continues to feel like a giant hole in our team. I also haven't liked any of the future stop gap initiatives (Acosta can't hit a left footed cross). Maybe Robbie is the answer. Feels like on of those guys who klinsman isn't willing to try.

I guess this is where I think trying Lichaj's left foot would be worth it, but yeah seems like Klinsi should be desperate to cap tie villafana and find out if he is the answer. I'm just not sure who else is out there

DaM said...

I asked myself this after reading your list: which would you rather have: (1) tim ream at LB and FabJo at LM, or (2) fabjo at LB and nagbe at left mid?

Assuming Klinsman is going to continue doing some kind of 2 man midfield with MB and a central mid du jour, Nagbe is probably going to have to play one of the wings since that central mid pairing seems to be leading to ye olde empty bucket unless Bradley ventures forth.

I have long been a fabjo at LM guy, but I am starting to wonder if we assume Klinsman is set on that formation (even when he thinks it is a diamond it isn't really) if fabjo at LB is the only way to get our best 11 out there. The replacements at LM are just far more attractive than the ones at LB.

Greg Seltzer said...

Setting aside the real issue of where Johnson performs best... are they, though?

dikranovich said...

Fabian Johnson can play left mid when we start playing a 3-5-2. Compromise is not a bad word Greg. I mean, it sort of sounds like Greg is starting a left back for our national team who may not be fully committed to the cause. Greg, you just moved ream out of this spot yesterday, and filled the top spot with someone different, didn't you?

Greg Seltzer said...

I have absolutely no interest in fielding a 3-5-2. Less than zero. Why should I? The 4-3-3 was used when posting first ever victories in the Netherlands, Italy, Mexico and the Czech Republic.

And if you actually think I base any of my opinions on your little digs, I have a Kenny Rogers Roasters to sell you on Mars. Vallafana has played for the US program, he has never played for Mexico. Until that changes, he is far and away the hottest left back in *our* pool.

dikranovich said...

Greg, didn't you just hear what coach Bruce arena said? He said friendlies mean dick all, and I'm not talking about George.

Patrick said...

Villefana took a huge jump at the end of the year and moved quickly to Liga MX. One would think he would have been in the January camp but was busy. Klinsi had talked about bringing non-mls guys to Guatamala; Villefana should get called there.

We do seem to have a large number of left attacking midfielders; could Nagbe or Nguyen play LB? Not saying it would be my choice, just feels like how Klinsi would go. They are bigger than DMB...

dikranovich said...

Really, it's not a bad problem to have. If villafana is the real deal, and he can lock up a left back spot, I'm not sure we can be sold on yedlin yet, getting starts in the epl because of injury or suspension, with the option of FJ available on the right side.

Starting villafana in the guato road game sounds like a stroke of genius on coach klinsmanns part.

DaM said...
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DaM said...

@Patrick

I would have to say no chance on either Nagbe or Ngyuen playing LB. That just isn't their skill set. I like Nagbe's developing defensive talents but he is still more positional and interception oriented than man marking. It's just a really different mind/skill set.

@greg I agree with the assertion that FabJo is a better left midfielder than he is LB (or RB). I guess I just think that Nagbe+FabJo>FabJo+Ream. Maybe that's not true. In fairness neither Ream nor Nagbe had played enough international minutes at those respective positions for me to be sure. I just get really wary of Ream's wheels against top wings.

Patrick said...

I like FabJo in front of Ream and Bedoya in front of Yedlin. Kind of inverse attack/stay home pairs on the wings. Nagbe/Tchani/Bradley in the middle with Altidore up top. Sub on Dempsey if you need a goal.

Matt said...

By the way is a Kenny Rogers Roasters a thing that actually exists? Like some Euro version of Tim Horton's? Cause while I don't want to buy one, I am intrigued

OZ said...

Matt,

Yes there really are KRR's out there. However Tim Horton's are better.

Don't bother buying one they are probably on their way out

DaM said...

@Patrick I understand your likes for sure. I am not completely sold on Bedoya on the outside. I agree someone like him works well with Yedlin because it gives Yedlin that lane to go vroooom. Always been hard to figure out where to play Bedoya because Klinsman usually plays him out wide and he always looks a bit starved for room up against the sidelines (though playing him at dmid was worse). Obviously he likes to cut in when he is out there and Yedlin would suit that well but I think he is probably a better player in his comfort zone, not surprisingly.

dikranovich said...

Greg, it's interesting about the road victories you mentioned, and just because coach arena says friendlies mean little to nothing, he is also saying this as a club coach, not national team manager. Friendlies do carry weight. And the truth is, Fabian was on the left wing against holland, a game we were down 3-1 in, before subs were made and we started the comeback. The other games you mentioned, Fabian was playing fullback, and maybe you call it a 4-3-3, but really, they were a 4-5-1.