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Dave
Post #1
Friday August 5, 2016 2:16pm

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Seems that Castillo is going to be out for an extended period of time.....

club Monterrey & SBI are reporting that Castillo has a fractured kneecap which will keep him out a minimum of 8-10 weeks.

While I don't wish injury on any USMNT player-.to me this isn't really and issue for the US. Look back over the Copa Tournament and it becomes clear. Fabian was the first choice Left Back during the tournament. When Fabian was used elsewhere or was injured 2 center backs (Besler & Orozco) were used at Left Back instead of Castillo. IMO that is a clear indication that Castillo IS NOT viewed very highly by the coaches.
The good news is that this injury should force the coaches hands to call in other potential Left Back options-.Villafana being the most likely to benefit from the injury.

tylercocinas
Post #2
Friday August 5, 2016 3:13pm

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I'm very excited about Villafana and I believe he is capable of doing a fine job at LB. But, I would not be surprised if it takes him some time to raise his level to international caliber. Hopefully fans will allow him that time to grow into the position in spite of any mistakes he may make.

Dave
Post #3
Friday August 5, 2016 4:08pm

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Original post from tylercocinas

I'm very excited about Villafana and I believe he is capable of doing a fine job at LB. But, I would not be surprised if it takes him some time to raise his level to international caliber. Hopefully fans will allow him that time to grow into the position in spite of any mistakes he may make.


While Fabian is our best outside back (Right or Left), he is also the best outside midfielder. Most fans would prefer Fabian further up the field, but until we have a viable LB he needs to be on the backline. Villafana should have a great opportunity over the next 4 matches to solidify a claim as the # 2 Left Back.
Against St. Vincent, Villafana shouldn't be challenged much, where a win is almost Guaranteed. This should give him an opportunity to integrate himself into the side.
Against T & T, if they beat Guatemala in the previous game, should be a glorified exhibition where teams can experiment a bit without to much risk as both should be qualified at this point.
The Cuba friendly is another chance to integrate new/younger players against a weak opponent. Again an opponent that shouldn't give Villafana much difficulty.
Ghana will be the first significant challenge for Villafana and other less experienced players. But by this point they should be fairly familiar with their teammates and should be ready. Won't be an easy match...but should be a real indication of which players are able to contribute to the team during the Hex.

As it stands now these next 4 matches will be crucial to identifying which young/new players are in a position to contribute to the USMNT in the run-up to the WC in Russia. At the moment we need to identify/solidify options at the outside back position and replacement options for the aging stars (Jones & Dempsey). For players like Villafana, Nagbe, Pulisic, Williams, Morales, and others (Birnbaum, Hyndman, Miazga, Morris) to really stake their claim and show that they belong and are up to the task.

Know Nothing
Post #4
Friday August 5, 2016 5:01pm

Joined Jan 2013
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Original post from Dave

While Fabian is our best outside back (Right or Left), he is also the best outside midfielder. Most fans would prefer Fabian further up the field, but until we have a viable LB he needs to be on the backline. Villafana should have a great opportunity over the next 4 matches to solidify a claim as the # 2 Left Back.
Against St. Vincent, Villafana shouldn't be challenged much, where a win is almost Guaranteed. This should give him an opportunity to integrate himself into the side.
Against T & T, if they beat Guatemala in the previous game, should be a glorified exhibition where teams can experiment a bit without to much risk as both should be qualified at this point.
The Cuba friendly is another chance to integrate new/younger players against a weak opponent. Again an opponent that shouldn't give Villafana much difficulty.
Ghana will be the first significant challenge for Villafana and other less experienced players. But by this point they should be fairly familiar with their teammates and should be ready. Won't be an easy match...but should be a real indication of which players are able to contribute to the team during the Hex.

As it stands now these next 4 matches will be crucial to identifying which young/new players are in a position to contribute to the USMNT in the run-up to the WC in Russia. At the moment we need to identify/solidify options at the outside back position and replacement options for the aging stars (Jones & Dempsey). For players like Villafana, Nagbe, Pulisic, Williams, Morales, and others (Birnbaum, Hyndman, Miazga, Morris) to really stake their claim and show that they belong and are up to the task.


I Disagree...not in the sentiment but in the reality. JK likely will not experiment until the Gold Cup. Those that have been given a chance and performed reasonably well will be given precedent over the up and comers unless the up and comers are in such a rich vein of form that they cannot be ignored. Starting the hex strong is a necessity and JK will used the tried and true to try and do that.

camparkinson
Post #5
Friday August 5, 2016 5:57pm

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Sadly to say... Fabian will be lb...

Dave
Post #6
Friday August 5, 2016 6:13pm

Joined Jul 2014
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@ Know Nothing - I don't necessarily disagree that JK won't want to experiment to much, and will give precedent to those players who have performed well when given some opportunities. However, most of the players I mentioned are ones who have already participated with the team in the past and have performed fairly well. I'm not advocating that these players start matches, but rather are given an opportunities to play some fairly significant minutes over the course of these 4 games. I could easily see our preferred XI (Guzan/Howard, Fabian, Brooks, Cameron, Yedlin, Jones, Bradley, Bedoya, Dempsey, Wood, Zardes) start the Qualifying games....than depending on the situation give some of the less accomplished players (Nagbe, Pulisic, Villafana) 30-45 minutes in the second half. Another thing to remember is that some of our regulars are suspended for the St. Vincent game (Bradley) and others could become suspended for the T&T match if they pick up another yellow card.
Than during the friendlies in October additional players can be given a chance for some opportunities.

Know Nothing
Post #7
Friday August 5, 2016 9:26pm

Joined Jan 2013
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@Dave - You are correct. I suppose I was targeting Villafana with my assessment


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