Saturday, July 2, 2016

#2

Sorry for the Clipboard delay, been super busy around here. And I've also got an update to this post coming shortly. But right now, let's talk right backs...

DeAndre Yedlin
Eric Lichaj
Timothy Chandler

Also in the frame: Keegan Rosenbery


To me, the top three pick themselves. As much as Yedlin has improved defensively, I think he should also remember to develop more attack corner moves for when he gets free on the overlap. Lichaj is just solid all-around, while Chandler is still young enough to shake his inconsistencies. Meanwhile, Rosenberry is becoming a real revelation. He has a such a low, mobile center of gravity in one-v-one situations, but with the burst needed to actually make stops.







- Greg Seltzer

8 comments:

dikranovich said...
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DaM said...

Agreed on rosenberry as someone to keep an eye on. He has looked pretty good in most of the matches of his that I have watched. Pretty good drafting by Philly i guess.

Thoughts on Woodberry with NE? I've seen him play a few and he has looked solid, but the coaching staff seems unconvinced (I think I recall Farrell being back out there recently).

Greg Seltzer said...

Have not seen much of the Revs so far this season.

Jim Horlan said...

I wonder if Lichaj even should count, since Jurgen doesn't appear to rate him...you know, at all. He should, don't get me wrong, but Jurgen really only seems to listen to himself.

Tom Anderson said...

'Jim Brown' = Clint Dempsey?

DaM said...

@Greg gotcha. I havent seen a ton of them but post kamara trade i was curious. seems like they have moved farrell back to rb and woodberry inside to rcb. I have the suspicion that is a Jay Heaps special related to the revs giving up a ton of goals on crosses. Makes me think the issue is farrell's judgment on crosses. That being said, both of Montreal's goals from the run of play came on awful defense from crosses, though both were Goncalves's fault so I am not sure that proves anything.

I am a new yorker so no stake in it, but I continue to hope Jay Heaps gets fired. Maybe he gets some semblance of results but I think he is terrible at developing players. That revs team should be a force.

Adrian said...

Revs fan here, I also hope Heaps moves on. He's a very smart guy and would be better suited towards business operations. Tactically he's naive and as DaM said he's been bad at developing players. Andrew Farrell should by now be in the national team picture. He has all the physical tools but still just doesn't know what to do in certain situations. Steve Neumann was the #4 draft pick and got real minutes his first year, and then sat behind Rowe, Nguyen, Fagundez, and Bunbury, yet was never sent out on loan to develop. We're loaded with guys with 'promise' but who never fulfill that promise. And the biggest shot against Heaps is that once the Revs had a guy (Jermaine Jones) with real high-level experience and leadership, we were close to unbeatable (except for our MLS Finals curse).

RE: Woodberry, he's a solid defender and can also send in a good cross. If we had a left-footed Yedlin, he'd be a good stay-at-home complement on the right side, but he's not the kind of player who will provide offensive threat at the international level from that position.

DaM said...

@adrian thanks for the input. yeah i may overrate woodberry because i am so tired of fullbacks who can't hit a simple cross, so the fact that he can and doesn't seem loss defensively interests me. Then again the usmnt is kind of in a beggars cant be choosers mode with fullbacks. I still haven't ruled out farrell but it seems to me he needs to be a CB.