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Coach Kev
Savannah, GA
Post #1
Wednesday September 26, 2012 9:15pm

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Johnson has scored in the last two matches for Hoffenheim as the LB. Reminds me a bit of Phillip Lahm early in his career when he always lined up at LB. To me, he is more and more making the Chandler discussion a mute point.
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richieJkulesaNY
Post #2
Wednesday September 26, 2012 10:04pm

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Original post from Coach Kev

To me, he is more and more making the Chandler discussion a mute point.


Well, at LB yes, but Chandler is a RB. He was playing LB for the US by necessity.

That said, I really hope Chandler decides to play for the US. If he doesn't, oh well, I'll move on, but he is very talented as a RB. I would love to see a US backline consisting of Johnson at LB and Chandler at RB for years to come. We shall see.

I know a few people want to see Johnson moved up to the wing, but I think he should stay right where he is. Its where he shines.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #3
Thursday September 27, 2012 1:49am

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Original post from richieJkulesaNY

Well, at LB yes, but Chandler is a RB. He was playing LB for the US by necessity.

That said, I really hope Chandler decides to play for the US. If he doesn't, oh well, I'll move on, but he is very talented as a RB. I would love to see a US backline consisting of Johnson at LB and Chandler at RB for years to come. We shall see.

I know a few people want to see Johnson moved up to the wing, but I think he should stay right where he is. Its where he shines.

I agree Johnson needs to stay right where he is at which is LB. A lot of the "Media" wants to push him up to winger. And I say to hell with that Johnson has gotten better as a player since moving to LB.

navi8132
New York
Post #4
Thursday September 27, 2012 3:01am

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It wouldn't hurt to give him a go at LM and see how he does for USMNT. AntiguaBarb anyone can play LB.

Coach Kev
Savannah, GA
Post #5
Thursday September 27, 2012 4:03am

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agree it would be awesome to see those two on the (defensive) wings, however until Cherendolo slows down, he should stay. His leadership and experience were missed in the first Jamaica game.
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Bshredder
Post #6
Saturday September 29, 2012 5:19am

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Cherundolo is still playing RB at a VERY high level.

Johnson should be in the midfield. He makes things happen going forward. His offense is at an exceptional level. His defense is good but not great.

Coach Kev
Savannah, GA
Post #7
Saturday September 29, 2012 1:32pm

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Original post from Bshredder

Cherundolo is still playing RB at a VERY high level.

Johnson should be in the midfield. He makes things happen going forward. His offense is at an exceptional level. His defense is good but not great.
Who would he start over right now? Donavon? Dempsey? Bradley? Those three are very possibly the starting attacking mids. If Bradley starts as a holding mid, I wouldn't be surprised to Herc in that 3.

Besides when you have a good attacking fullback you don't waste them by putting them in the midfield. You lose an entire layer in the attack. There was discussion several years ago about doing the same thing with Cherendolo...
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richieJkulesaNY
Post #8
Saturday September 29, 2012 5:12pm

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Original post from Bshredder

Cherundolo is still playing RB at a VERY high level.

Johnson should be in the midfield. He makes things happen going forward. His offense is at an exceptional level. His defense is good but not great.


You'er right Johnson can make things happen going forward. But if you move him up, then our LB position becomes an area of weakness, again. Zusi or Donovan can line up on the left side of midfield. Both are comfortable and tactically smart enough to drift inside to allow Johnson into the attack. The main concern has to be the central midfield and their abilty to possess and lead the attack.

Bshredder
Post #9
Sunday September 30, 2012 5:16am

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-----------Howard-------
--Dolo--Cameron--Bocanegra--Lichaj-
----------Williams----------
---Donovan---Bradley----Johnson---
-----------Dempsey--------
-----------Altidore---------

navi8132
New York
Post #10
Sunday September 30, 2012 1:58pm

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I'm interested to see how well Parkhurst could do at LB for USMNT, maybe give him a go vs. a nobody team like Antigua. That being said, player experimentation is Klinsmann's kryptonite, but oddly he is flexible with formations.

Coach Kev
Savannah, GA
Post #11
Sunday September 30, 2012 7:00pm

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Original post from Bshredder

------Howard----
-Dolo-Cameron-Bocanegra-Lichaj-
-----Williams-----
--Donovan--Bradley--Johnson--
------Dempsey----
------Altidore-----


no Jones? Plus I think you have to give Zuzi a shot. I also think JK will give Shea a shot at starting.

What is the word on Bradley? He wasn't in the Roma squad again this weekend.
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tylercocinas
Post #12
Sunday September 30, 2012 9:36pm

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Original post from Coach Kev

no Jones? Plus I think you have to give Zuzi a shot. I also think JK will give Shea a shot at starting.

What is the word on Bradley? He wasn't in the Roma squad again this weekend.


He's still getting his fitness back. Should be back on the pitch next week.

krelmatrix
Munich
Post #13
Monday October 1, 2012 10:18am

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Original post from navi8132

I'm interested to see how well Parkhurst could do at LB for USMNT, maybe give him a go vs. a nobody team like Antigua. That being said, player experimentation is Klinsmann's kryptonite, but oddly he is flexible with formations.


Parkhurst rarely plays LB for Nordsjaelland - usually RB and moves over to the middle when team needs dictate it.

I like Johnson as an attacking wingback. The personnel simply don't exist on the national team to have a central midfield that will dictate the attack, so having players like Johnson in the defense is extremely important. Regardless of how much fans want the US to match up with the big boys of the footballing world, whenever we are playing a superior opponent, counter-attacking and wing play is going to be the team's primary outlet. Johnson in defense gives us an added dimension in that respect.

Footyskillz
Arlington, VA
Post #14
Monday October 1, 2012 12:19pm

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Original post from Coach Kev

no Jones? Plus I think you have to give Zuzi a shot. I also think JK will give Shea a shot at starting.

What is the word on Bradley? He wasn't in the Roma squad again this weekend.


His child was born this weekend. Possibly something to do with it as well.
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Coach Kev
Savannah, GA
Post #15
Monday October 1, 2012 2:38pm

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Original post from krelmatrix

I like Johnson as an attacking wingback. The personnel simply don't exist on the national team to have a central midfield that will dictate the attack, so having players like Johnson in the defense is extremely important. Regardless of how much fans want the US to match up with the big boys of the footballing world, whenever we are playing a superior opponent, counter-attacking and wing play is going to be the team's primary outlet. Johnson in defense gives us an added dimension in that respect.


exactly! However, if Bradley can return and play regularly for Roma and if (pretty big if) Holden can ever return, the central midfield gets pretty strong.
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