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Post #1
Thursday September 26, 2013 11:06pm

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WHile many may be a tad nervous about the 2014 RB scenario( I think it will be just fine and sorted by the WC), there will be no such worries during the 2018 WC cycle. I am going to take a look at he potential incumbents and the up and comers for the 2018 USMNT WC RB spot:

Incumbents:

Chandler- Yes I have him as an incumbent and rightfully so. He already has two years of experience at RB playing in one of the best leagues in the world i.e. Bundesliga. For me it's his job to lose come the 2018 WC cycle.

Lichaj- He could very well be back in the premier league during the 2018 WC cycle. He and Chandler will push themselves for the starter role for the USMNT.

Yedlin- He has a ton of upside, but because he lacks experience both Lichaj and Chandler are over him for the moment. But, he has more athletic ability then both Chandler and Lichaj. He stands at 5'8" but regularly out jumps players 6'0" or taller. He has slightly more speed than both Chandler and Lichaj, and his dribbling and attacking abilities are more dynamic. He will definitely be pushing both Lichaj and Chandler to their absolute limits for the starting role.

Challengers:

Farrell- More cerebral, and more defensive minded than attacking. Has good speed and good athletic ability. Stands at 5'11", has really good strength, and good 1v1 skills. I still think he should be moved into either a CB or DM role.

Sarkodie- He has come on leaps and bounds since his rookie year. Has good pace, and decent athleticism. His 1v1 defending is still suspect, but his attacking qualities are very good. Don't be surprised if he gets an invite to the January Camp in 2014.

Long shots for 2018:

Acosta- A young 18 years old. Coach Hyndman has already stated that RB is now his over Zach Lloyd when Lloyd is healthy. He will be the starting RB for the 2015 U-20 team. Cerebral, very good passer, good 1v1 defender, and already has the maturity of a player that has played for 5 plus seasons. Has good speed and athleticism. Don't be surprised if Ramos names him the captain of the 2015 U-20 team. Very high potential

Shaq Moore- Reminds me a lot of Yedlin. He is extremely athletic and fast. Very good attacking abilities, and his defending is already of a high quality. My guess is that he will be the back-up RB for the 2015 U-20's, but he may turn out to be the best RB the USMNT program will have produced to date. He wants to go to Europe, but if that falls through, look for him to sign a contract with MLS and probably slot right into a starting RB role for whatever team gets him. There is also a strong possibility that either him or Acosta slot in at LB for the 2015 U-20 team. LB is not a very strong position at the youth ranks right now. Really no surprise there.

There will be no worries about RB during the 2018 WC cycle. LB though may still be a bit of concern. Klute, Fabian, Garza, and Castillo will be your more likely suspects for that position during the 2018 WC cycle.

MSantoine
Post #2
Friday September 27, 2013 11:52am

Joined Nov 2012
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Thats an impressive collection of talent who will all be hitting their primes (24-25) during the cycle. Its great news having 3-4 high quality options at a position as that means you dont have to rely on the Bornsteins and Buddle of the world anymore. Thats the next step in becoming a world power and we are getting closer

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #3
Friday September 27, 2013 2:44pm

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I'm pretty high on Acosta, he's turning in some consistent performances and IMO could be moved into the Contender/Challenger category before qualifying begins.

stone88
Post #4
Friday September 27, 2013 4:42pm

Joined Aug 2012
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My guess at our 2018 D:

Klute/Fabian-Brooks-Gonzalez-Chandler/Yedlin
------------Guzan----------------

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #5
Friday September 27, 2013 7:47pm

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Original post from stone88

My guess at our 2018 D:

Klute/Fabian-Brooks-Gonzalez-Chandler/Yedlin
------Guzan--------


Where's Cameron?

admsghs27
Post #6
Friday September 27, 2013 7:51pm

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Original post from recycledhumans

Where's Cameron?


He would be done already 33... No way will he still be in the picture.. Look at
bocanegra, gooch, demerit, cherundolo... Their pretty much done... he might still be playing club soccer but nowhere near the mnt pic with so much young talent...

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #7
Friday September 27, 2013 7:58pm

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IDK, 33 is the right age for a CB that wasn't speed-oriented. Admittedly, he would be done playing at RB, we'd need someone pacier to go forward and get back quickly. But i can see him transitioning over the next 4 years to start playing more CB than RB for the Nats.

Wasn't Boca 32 or 33 in 2010?

admsghs27
Post #8
Friday September 27, 2013 8:03pm

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He was 31.. He is 34 now and hasn't played since he was like 33.. And at that time there wasn't much competition for CB now there is plenty of cempetition so wouldnt be suprised if he loses playing time by 30 or 31..

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #9
Friday September 27, 2013 8:09pm

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Well Dolo bucked that trend, but I guess injury may have done him in in the end. That's cool though, no biggie...like you said, we've got plenty of up and comers to make the 31+ crowd a little less necessary.

Know Nothing
Post #10
Friday September 27, 2013 9:50pm

Joined Jan 2013
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Future does look bright that is for sure. A lot of talent there, and I would not be surprised to see Acosta or even Moore at RB and Yedlin utilized more as a wing

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #11
Friday September 27, 2013 9:59pm

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Being that he'll be 20 in 2015, shouldn't he be eligible for the next U20 WC?