Friday, July 8, 2016

#5 (updated)

We move on to left back...

Jorge Villafana
Tim Ream

Edgar Castillo

Also in the frame:
*Gregory Garza, Chris Tierney

I've made my feelings quite clear about Villafana. Simply put, he is easily the top choice based on club form. And the longer we refuse to play a natural left back, the longer we will hear complaints that we have no natural left backs - it's a self-circling problem. Castillo is not quite the chump many make him out to be, and to me, he's improved some in a US shirt.

Garza is listed with an asterisk because he's only recently back from a long injury lay-off, but truth be told, if fit he'd be ranked second and battling for first. Tierney's crossing/set piece game is too ridiculously good to roundly ignore.

UPDATE: In a rush, I typed this without referring to my master pool list and completely flaked on Ream. My bad. He resides in the second slot, not Castillo.




- Greg Seltzer

7 comments:

DaM said...

I'd take a one legged man on a unicycle over castillo. I am not sure if that is a disagreement or an indictment of our left back situation.

I recently had the thought that things are at the point where we need to start trying less athletic but legitimate lbs like tierney so I guess I would take Tierney over Castillo.

Tony M said...

It amazes me that we can have 4th division Bundesliga players, college kids and USL guys on our national team, but we can't have a very good natural left back from an MLS championship team. JK’s tendency to flip fullbacks into mids, and mids or center backs into full backs shows (among other things) that he does not value or particularly understand defenses. He measures full backs entirely by their ability to cross the ball. Call me crazy, but I have always valued defenders first and foremost by their ability to, you know, defend.

Cathal said...

Does Tim Ream get left out entirely? Would prefer him over Orozco at LCB, and frankly, over Castillo. Particularly if we're using an attack-minded right-back.

Greg Seltzer said...

Oops... I was in a hurry when I posted this and completely forgot him. Thanks for the nudge.

Patrick said...

@Tony, he picks his midfielders based on defense, so he needs offense from his fullbacks...

Patrick said...

@Tony, he picks his midfielders based on defense, so he needs offense from his fullbacks...

Adrian said...

As a Revs fan, I worry that Tierney is simply too slow for the international game. Also his crossing would really only be valuable when the US would be camped out in the opponent's half of the field with tons of possession. So he'd only be useful in home games against Antigua.