Who's the biggest injury concern for the US heading into the pre-Copa training camp?
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Post #16
Monday December 2, 2013 8:16pm

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Original post from navi8132

I am not a big fan of Castillo by any means, but I do think his winger play for us during his limited minutes has been effective at stretching the field and using his speed against opponents to create opportunities for others and himself. I would give him significant playing time at left winger in our next friendly (when all players will be available) to see if he can take the Brek Shea left winger supersub role.


His wing play has only been effective in late spots in friendlies where Klinsmann tends to lose the plot and just throws players onto the field to get some touches. If Fab and Shea happen to be unavailable and you need a goal late in the game, sure throw him out there, he's as good an option as the rest.

In Kilnsmann's system, our outside mids/wingers (whatever you want to call them) have to be able to defend, so there is no way he can start.

Post #17
Monday December 2, 2013 8:19pm

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Original post from 2tone

Does Castillo offer more going fwd than Zusi? Don't know about that. I think Zusi is very much underappreciated by most of you.

Zusi can actually play 90 effective minutes on the wing. Don't understand why most give him a bad rap.

Post #18
Monday December 2, 2013 8:48pm

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Zusi is a good player going forward, although completely different than Castillo. I'm not sure this is a Zusi v Castillo argument here. The good thing about Castillo is he would allow JK to use him as a backup at two positions (LB and LW), when finding just 23 players, Castillo's potential versatility is a huge plus. (I may add Zusi's ability to be versatile gives him a good chance to make the 23 as well)

Post #19
Tuesday December 3, 2013 12:20am

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I disagree that Castillo is versitile in the international game. I see him as a LW only, and I would prefer Shea off the bench late in the game than Castillo, and I am not a big Shea fan. If our outside backs are Dolo, Beasley, Evans, Chandler, Yedlin, Lichaj, or Fabian, those are all guys that can play the wing if needed. I would even say on the wing Castillo is behind everyone but Lichaj.

Post #20
Tuesday December 3, 2013 4:10pm

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I think most of you guys are a bit naive about our fullbacks and their ability to play further up the field.

Attacking from the midfield and attacking from the defense are pretty different. Its not as easy as most of you make it out to be.

We have one legit player that can do it and thats Fabian Johnson. He also started his career as a midfielder and then was moved to fullback. I guess you can say Evans too, if he makes the squad, but I dont think he's good enough at either position.

Guys like Yedlen, Lichaj, Castillo, Dolo won't necessarily contribute from midfield what they contribute from defense.

Post #21
Tuesday December 3, 2013 5:46pm

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You are right about FJ, but Beasley is also quality in the midfield, and so is Chandler. . I do not think they are prime choices for LW or RW, but if we are talking about versitility then the arguement is valid. My point is that they are all above Castillo, so taking him to Brasil for his versitility is not a good choice.

Post #22
Tuesday December 3, 2013 6:00pm

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Castillo is tidy with the ball, Brek Shea is a wreck. No way I would accept Brek Shea getting even 1 minute at a World Cup.

Post #23
Tuesday December 3, 2013 8:01pm

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Yedlin can definitely contribute as a winger. His position was winger before Porter changed him into a RB in College.

Post #24
Tuesday December 3, 2013 8:07pm

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Really? What about the kid screams of defender? Nonsense.

Post #25
Tuesday December 3, 2013 8:12pm

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I think Castillo is most effective coming off the bench late in the game due to his straight-line speed and lateral agility working against a fullback that has played the entire game. Don't trust him to defend at all though. So in that case, I think there are more desirable options over Castillo, such as Shea or Gatt, to fulfill the late-game spark plug if there's availability in the roster.

Zusi is definitely underrated but I think that's mostly due to his average play in the attack - he's a good crosser but doesn't have the quickness you want in a winger. In my opinion, his best attribute is his ability to track back and defend when the opposition counters.

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