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navi8132
New York
Post #46
Tuesday January 9, 2018 3:46am

Joined Jul 2012
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Can someone give a quick synopsis about the RBs in this camp?

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #47
Tuesday January 9, 2018 9:12am

Joined May 2013
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Imo, Lima has the higher ceiling if Adams isn't considered at RB, which I don't think he will be for this camp.

I like everything about Polster's game except for his speed...great vision and passing ability with a blue chip old school nats mentality...really lionhearted effort...pretty good 1v1. The guy would be a 10 year nats lock if he just had a bit more pace...everything else is there.

Lima is a diamond in the rough, although he's pretty darn good right now...with a big upside. He has true international level pace which is key. I would love to see Lima and Yeddy race. Yeddy would win but not by much. Lima is a converted forward. He is much more comfortable on the ball up field and combos easily. He reads the game well...transitional D is coming along...good 1v1 defender...tenacious pitbull mentality

Imo, at a comparable age, Lima is a more well rounded, savvy, but slightly slower version of Yedlin.

I've seen Lima play LB a few games with the Quakes. He was pretty good for flopping sides. Prior to his rookie season, He played for the Quakes affiliate Burlingame team... most of the season at LB.

It would be interesting to see how he would do against the other LB options, Acosta, Vincent...and I guess Morrow, but I don't see Morrow in the picture going forward.

I think Lima has the highest nats potential out of all the true flank fullback options in this camp.

I hope he shines...and I hope he comes back to the Quakes healthy.

Know Nothing
Post #48
Tuesday January 9, 2018 9:18pm

Joined Jan 2013
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Thanks CtB.

From your synopsis sounds like Lima would be a good fit as a wingback in a 3-5-2 or 3-4-3.

As things shake out over the next year I see Ariolla slowly fading into the background if he continues as a winger/midfielder. I think with some reps and a little gametime playing the position, he fits the mold of an outside back better than winger/midfielder and could play more minutes in that capacity.

navi8132
New York
Post #49
Wednesday January 10, 2018 9:22pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 2,831
Dwyer gets injured and is out of camp. Luck just isn't on his side. Sapong all the way then.

Dave
Post #50
Thursday January 11, 2018 2:02am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 819
Original post from Know Nothing

Thanks CtB.

From your synopsis sounds like Lima would be a good fit as a wingback in a 3-5-2 or 3-4-3.

As things shake out over the next year I see Ariolla slowly fading into the background if he continues as a winger/midfielder. I think with some reps and a little gametime playing the position, he fits the mold of an outside back better than winger/midfielder and could play more minutes in that capacity.


Frankly I expect Arriola to fade out of the picture all together. IMO he's too one dimensional....run fast....and with other there being other WM options Gooch, Lennon Taitague, Saief, Manneh, Green....he'll have to improve to stay relevant in MF. Likewise there is a good crop of young RBs....Yedlin, Moore, Olosunde, Dest, & Lima... I don't see the point in using Arriola there.

blaise213
Post #51
Wednesday January 17, 2018 6:44am

Joined Sep 2012
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Never really got to comment on this because all the BS that went down with J Gonzo.

This pool of players suck. Only looking forward to Christian Ramirez

Dave
Post #52
Thursday January 18, 2018 2:07am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 819
Original post from blaise213

Never really got to comment on this because all the BS that went down with J Gonzo.

This pool of players suck. Only looking forward to Christian Ramirez


Granted the MLS options are not as Exciting as those coming up in Europe, but MLS is what is available for this camp. That said, Ramirez is one of the least interesting players in this camp. I have a hard time getting interested in a player who's going to be 31+ come 2022 and has a single season in MLS as justification for his inclusion. IMO, our biggest deficiencies during the Hex were on the defensive side of the ball, and our lack of depth. I'm therefore much more interested in....
Steffen & Hamid at Keeper
D. Acosta, Glad, & Lima at Defense
Adams, Canouse, Roldan, & Arriola at Midfield

Even if these guys aren't top tier when the full player pool is available, if they can prove to be possible depth options I'll count it a successful camp.

stoked3
Ft Lauderdale, FL
Post #53
Thursday January 18, 2018 3:11am

Joined Oct 2014
Total Posts: 204
I agree Dave-this for the most part should be about depth. To be honest I didn't watch a lot of MLS games but I was never overly impressed with Roldan.

While acosta looked good against Portugal and played well vs mexico-my fear if he doesn't go overseas is he will be our Ricardo Clark-he certainly has potential but he needs a move from MLS.
Stoked
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