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Dam
Chandler, AZ
Post #16
Friday January 31, 2014 4:26am

Joined Aug 2013
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Bradley & Jones are the current starting CM's. But there are a number of players still in the mix for WC spots. Depending on what's required (Offence Vs. Defense) the rest of the pool stacks up as follows:
Offense:
Diskerud, Kljestan, Feilhaber, Edu, Cameron, Williams, Beckerman
Defense:
Cameron, Williams, Edu, Beckerman, Klestan, Feilhaber, Diskerud

I see JK taking 4 CM's to Brazil. Right now I'd guess it's Bradley, Jones, Edu, & Diskerud. I expect Cameron will be in Brazil but as a defender (CB & RB).

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #17
Friday January 31, 2014 10:07am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,290
I always saw Beckermsn as a DM more than a box to box. If he would ever play in the WC he would sit in front of the defense and break stuff up make simple passes and connect with the more forward CM. He's more box to box for RSL.

My idea would be Bradley, Jones, Kljestan, and Diskerud.

Evans would be an adequate backup. He would be a solid 3rd or 4th CM.

Jones can be a DM. It's all about him making the right decision for the team and staying back to shield the defense andnot go forward as much as he would like. Klinsmann would need to get this message across to him.

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #18
Friday January 31, 2014 2:44pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,467
Original post from EKneezy

I always saw Beckermsn as a DM more than a box to box. If he would ever play in the WC he would sit in front of the defense and break stuff up make simple passes and connect with the more forward CM. He's more box to box for RSL.

My idea would be Bradley, Jones, Kljestan, and Diskerud.

Evans would be an adequate backup. He would be a solid 3rd or 4th CM.

Jones can be a DM. It's all about him making the right decision for the team and staying back to shield the defense andnot go forward as much as he would like. Klinsmann would need to get this message across to him.


To the Beckerman point, that's precisely the argument I'm making, we don't have anyone that plays that spot for a living aside from Jones and possibly Edu and we've been using makeshift DMs. I want for our team the kind of hardnosed badass DM that Gattuso was for Italy. I don't doubt that we have some players that could fill the role, but until we start calling up younger, pure DMs we're not going to be as strong as we could be.

Eric_MLSfan
Post #19
Friday January 31, 2014 6:12pm

Joined Jan 2014
Total Posts: 24
From my post on the thread Bradley / Jones:

"As for Bradley, I have no question that he is our mainstay CM. As for Jones, I'm not comfortable with. I would like to see Bradley and Donovan as CM's. Now that we have some other good options for RW gives us the ability to use Donovan and Bradley as a strong center for distribution and creativity."

skangles
DC
Post #20
Friday January 31, 2014 6:36pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,448
Original post from Eric_MLSfan

From my post on the thread Bradley / Jones:

"As for Bradley, I have no question that he is our mainstay CM. As for Jones, I'm not comfortable with. I would like to see Bradley and Donovan as CM's. Now that we have some other good options for RW gives us the ability to use Donovan and Bradley as a strong center for distribution and creativity."


What formation are you proposing with this suggestion? I could only see Donovan working as a CM if he were a CAM in a diamond midfield (assuming its a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1) but that leaves Bradley as a Destroyer. Bradley can play this role but I'd much rather put him in a situation where he can inch forward. I'd rather play with a box midfield as we have enough options at CM.

Eric_MLSfan
Post #21
Friday January 31, 2014 8:47pm

Joined Jan 2014
Total Posts: 24
Original post from skangles

What formation are you proposing with this suggestion? I could only see Donovan working as a CM if he were a CAM in a diamond midfield (assuming its a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1) but that leaves Bradley as a Destroyer. Bradley can play this role but I'd much rather put him in a situation where he can inch forward. I'd rather play with a box midfield as we have enough options at CM.


Good question and good points. I would see it as a 4-4-2. Primarily Mike at the back. Bradley is very strong at breaking up plays. Donovan is extremely strong in creative and productive passing. However, because they are both very smart players who play with a team benefit mentality, I feel they would read each other well and make switches that benefit the positions when needed. Formations are important, but even more important is controlling the game and not giving senseless turnovers, which is what has happened to often with Jones and Bradley primarily coming from Jones.

admsghs27
Post #22
Friday January 31, 2014 9:00pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 6,060
Id always wanted to see a pairing of Bradley, and Donovan. And yes in a 4-4-2.

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