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TheTruth
Post #16
Tuesday May 13, 2014 5:44pm

Joined Dec 2013
Total Posts: 231
Original post from Live490

Donovan's bulge? He lifted his shirt thus Sunday and he had no gut..


He's morbidly obese. No, but seriously, c'mon he's carrying a few more lbs than he was a couple of years ago.

Now, he's not as bad as Keene, but Keene is a few years older and Keene's always been a forward and more of the crafty type - not the quick, fast, and insanely fit type like Lando. 3 pounds off the gut would matter for quickness and endurance. And most importantly to JK - for desire. If Lando drops a few in the next month, then game on and he goes out w/ a bang. Still remember his game vs. Italy 2 WCs ago. Unbelievable. . . C'mon Lando, give us one more.

rotosportsbook
Post #17
Wednesday May 14, 2014 5:49pm

Joined Aug 2013
Total Posts: 25
Original post from EKneezy

The Azerbaijan game is fun because this is the time to experiment. So many options.

1. Partner Boyd and AJ- We only saw them for less than 10 mins against Panama but it was lethal. Boyd can take the Altidore role. AJ does well off a target striker.


I'd much rather use these friendlies to help Jozy find his form and confidence rather than experiment with Boyd starting.

EKneezy
Post #18
Wednesday May 14, 2014 11:02pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,698
Original post from rotosportsbook

I'd much rather use these friendlies to help Jozy find his form and confidence rather than experiment with Boyd starting.


Fair. I was prob a little too excited when I posted that. Im usually pretty pessimistic when it comes to starting lineups.

I expect the strongest lineup possible against Nigeria for obvious reasons. But that first friendly is a good time to experiment although everyone knows it could be an A team starting lineup.

46and2
Post #19
Friday May 16, 2014 6:11pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 49
Original post from 2tone

For me the most important battle is at RB. Chandler versus every RB called in.

For me if you look at this 30 man and start to think about the 23 man roster then one would have to say that Julian Green is probably a lock. Who are the attacking impact players?

1. Johannsson- Could be starting. If on the bench I imagine he will be Jozy's replacement because Clint isn't going to get pulled.
2. Donovan- Could be starting. Could be a sub. For me it's hard to imagine Lando not starting against Ghana.
3. Bedoya- Is a starter or a come off the bench impact player. Not exactly the greatest one v one attacker, but can put in a good shift.
4. Green- Clearly capable of being an impact player. He has the technical skill and speed to change a game in the last 20 minutes. This role was going to go to Shea, but now it seems more likely Green will be asked to do this role at some point in the tournament.
5. Corona- Does he beat out Green? Has some silky moves and can make things happen, but is also just as adept at being a non-factor.
6. Diskerud- More than likely is going to Brasil. When played more in an attacking midfield role, he is much more effective player capable of unlocking defenses.
Wondo- May not even make the 23. He is a fox in the box guy, so his impact will be in the 18 yard box, not collecting the ball and making something happen 30 yards away.

You would have to think that the Azerbaijan game will be played mostly with the guys needing to prove they belong on the 23 man roster. I will say that it might be in Jurgens best interest to start molding a starting backline from the first game on during this camp period, though.

Here is my starting 11 against Azerbaijan in a 4-4-2:

--Aron---Altidore---
----Diskerud----
Bedoya------Corona
-----B-man-----
Fabian--Besler--Cam--Chandler
-----Howard----

Subs: Guzan, Evans, Brooks, Edu, Green, Lando, Wondo, Boyd

But who knows maybe Klinsmann will go with what he feels is the first choice starting 11 that gleamed from camp.


I agree RB is the big battle, but disagree on Green. If he's a lock, it's because JK wanted to lock him in to the US, not because he's clearly capable of being an impact player. I think the what is clear about Green is that he is a talented young prospect and equally clear that he has not proven anything just yet as a pro.

He may be able to make an impact off the bench, because he is talented and young and sometimes that works in a player's favor. Too young and brash to be nervous, etc. He may just as well not even see the field and there is plenty of validity to the argument that he shouldn't make the 23. I hope to see him get some minutes in the lead up and see him do well, but it's all just hope at this point.

Impact attacking subs are likely to be AJ and Donovan (if he doesn't start). Maybe Bedoya.

jtsccr12
Post #20
Friday May 16, 2014 6:18pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 80
I agree that AJ, and some games Donovan, could be impact subs... but I think it is interesting if what FJ said is true, and he is just considered a defender. If that is the case, he automatically starts on the left for me, which frees up Beasley. For me, Beasley will be this WC impact sub. He still has the jets, experience, and he comes from the left flank simular to how JK used Shea for late game impact.

Fraser31
Charleston, South Carolina
Post #21
Saturday May 17, 2014 10:58am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 966
That is a good point. It's easy for us to forget that Beasley plays LW, and everyone called for Shea to be the left footed guy on our wing. If FJ plays LB I'd like to see Beasley at LW, at least as a sub, as you have mentioned. And he's better than Shea in my opinion.

skangles
DC
Post #22
Saturday May 17, 2014 7:51pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,842
Original post from jtsccr12

I agree that AJ, and some games Donovan, could be impact subs... but I think it is interesting if what FJ said is true, and he is just considered a defender. If that is the case, he automatically starts on the left for me, which frees up Beasley. For me, Beasley will be this WC impact sub. He still has the jets, experience, and he comes from the left flank simular to how JK used Shea for late game impact.


I am one of Beasley's biggest supporters and I completely agree with you.

mmee
Culver City, CA
Post #23
Tuesday May 20, 2014 8:11pm

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 190
Original post from skangles

I am one of Beasley's biggest supporters and I completely agree with you.


I think that it's very hard to tell right now how many WC minutes Beasley will get, but he will always be legend.

Jzaval01
Post #24
Wednesday May 21, 2014 1:24am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,351
Original post from mmee

I think that it's very hard to tell right now how many WC minutes Beasley will get, but he will always be legend.


I cant i imagine him defending player from Ghana Portugal or Germany. They are just as fast as him and stronger.

hamsamwich
Post #25
Wednesday May 21, 2014 3:35am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 419
Original post from Jzaval01

I cant i imagine him defending player from Ghana Portugal or Germany. They are just as fast as him and stronger.
Defending is all about angles, anticipation, and quick recovery ability, all of which Beasley has. And more impotant for us, he can overlap offensively.

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