Friday, March 4, 2016

Port

Thanks for the patience, all moved in now. Let's look left...

Fabian Johnson
Brek Shea
Sebastian Lletget

In the frame: Mike Grella
Patiently waiting: Joseph Gyau


Johnson needs no explanation. Shea has easily accomplished more off the bench from this position in a US shirt than all the other left-siders combined, not sure why he gets moved around instead of nurtured. Lletget is talented, but is also currently fighting the fact that Bruce Arena is running the wrong formation for his squad. I will have my eye on Grella, as well as a couple of MLS youngsters this season. Meanwhile, I'm trying my best not to lose hope over Gyau (sigh).





- Greg Seltzer

20 comments:

Patrick said...

Not to jinx things, but I would start Pulisic over Shea any day. I'm all for bringing the kids slow and not hyping him, but if it is an important game and I'm staring at Shea and he is staring at me with those big dumb eyes of his, I'm calling Dortmund!

Patrick said...

Not to jinx things, but I would start Pulisic over Shea any day. I'm all for bringing the kids slow and not hyping him, but if it is an important game and I'm staring at Shea and he is staring at me with those big dumb eyes of his, I'm calling Dortmund!

Tom said...

"currently fighting the fact that Bruce Arena is running the wrong formation for his squad"

Tell me more!

Nick said...

Agree on the Pulisic/Shea comment, though Shea I guess we can let Shea do work vs. CONCACAF minnows.

Dany Tzvi said...

Shea has also done work against chile switzerland and mexico, albeit in friendlies... I feel like most of his fall from the nats was due to the club situation, i'd agree with greg that I don't think he's really gotten a fair shake

Zach said...

Wonder if Shea's fall from grace is due to the fact that he hasn't played well in 3 years. Maybe?

DaM said...

And before we get too far ahead on Pulisic he hasn't even made the bench in a few matches since his 2/21 45 minute start. I haven't heard anything about it myself. No clue if he has a little knock or something. One wonders if that is his coach signaling that as much as they love his potential, he isn't quite ready yet? Or just that Adrian Ramos has been performing well enough to change the substitution patterns.

Patrick said...

I've heard that some injured players came back and that BVB thinks it is better to play 90 with the youth clubs that 10 with the first team for development.

Michael F said...

I too am curious what formation the Galaxy should be running. Current 4-4-2 is definitely not working.

Dany Tzvi said...

@zach
>switzerland
>chile

DaM said...

@patrick thanks! makes sense i guess.

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Greg Seltzer said...

What did I tell you? You're done here.

OZ said...

Zach,

Shea's fall from grace has more to do with his health or the lack thereof.

He tends a follow a good spell by getting hurt. After his break out 2011 he followed that by being hurt.

He managed well enough to get bought by Stoke but 2 games into that tenure he injured his foot and that effectively put him behind during his entire time in the UK.

When he came back to Orlando he started off very well and then ripped up his groin.

He needs to figure out how to stay fit and healthy long enough to let his obvious talent take him where he needs to go.

Chris said...

What is the ideal formation for the Galaxy?

Greg Seltzer said...

Probably a 4-5-1, but the main point is they can't expect two old guys to win central midfield all summer. They need the ball, not to be chasing the game.

Zach said...

Danny: not sayin he can't pull a rabbit out of his hat now and then, but he has 0 consistency and far more no shows than brilliant performances. I would call Lletget over Shea every single time.

Oz: His health is part of it, but so isn't his head. He just isn't committed to being a pro day in and day out. Flashes of brilliance 2 games a year shouldn't be enough to earn a call to the National Team

OZ said...

Zach,

Brek’s flashes of brilliance are not what earns him a call up. Andre Wooten showed “flashes of brilliance” and he has yet to have anywhere near the “look” Shea has had.

He earns a call up because of his long term potential.

If the USMNT had a top flight, big boy talent pool then yes, Brek wouldn’t be called in.

However, the US player pool is very thin and third rate. At his best, the USMNT still doesn’t have another player quite like him.

He is, like a lot of the US player pool, a comparatively inexperienced professional who is still developing. For example, he is only 6 months older yet is more experienced than Ethan Finlay.

He has shown enough in his “flashes” to warrant further exploration.

Chris said...

Would Lletget be on the wing or in the middle of that formation? They have to fit Dos Santos and Zardes, and Lletget's preferred position prior to the Galaxy was attacking midfield. He's more of a two way player now, by virtue of his playing on the wing, so maybe he can serve as the #8. He would free up Gerrard to go forward now while helping out De Jong defensively.