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2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #1
Tuesday November 14, 2017 6:12pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 9,369
Keaton Parks is another potential CM making strides at Benfica. 6'4" athletic and very good distributor of the ball. He has been training with Benficas first team recently and is impressing the manager. Central mifldfield could be a very strong position for the USMNT for the next 10 to 14 years.

goods
Post #2
Tuesday November 14, 2017 8:30pm

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 490
Would not be surprised to see him get a start late in the season. If he develops wonder if we will see Adams at Lb or a LWB position depending on formation. With the strength of CM and CB we really need to mkve to a 3-5-2 perhaps even a 3-4-3 formation.

Dave
Post #3
Wednesday November 15, 2017 6:57am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 819
The way our players pool seems to be evolving/emerging I think either a 3-5-2 or a
4-2-3-1 formation would be our best options for the upcoming cycle. But if we can't find LB options and depth behind Yedlin at RB we're still going to struggle with injuries/suspensions.

--------------Wood----------
--Saief-------Parks-------Pulisic--
------McKennie-----Gonzalez------
--TBD---Brooks----Miazga---Yedlin--

Bench: CCV, EPB, Acosta, Adams, Manneh, Gooch, Morris, Sargent
Alternates: Glad, Jozy, Green, Scott, Arriola, Wright

Players with the versatility and flexibility to play multiple positions/formations but have the technical ability, speed, and grit to be successful against multiple types of opponents.

hamsamwich
Post #4
Thursday November 16, 2017 2:44pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 2,530
I haven't seen a left back put in a good cross or attacking play since Castillo picked out Zusi in 2013 in Panama. Fabian Johnson played well there but he was always a midfielder playing further back. We need someone to own that spot.

hamsamwich
Post #5
Thursday November 16, 2017 2:47pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 2,530
As for Parks- good for the kid. He's the definition of the guy who was overlooked. The only way we get forward is if the team is stacked with options. Too many times an injury or suspension or poor form of one player has killed our chances in a game.

6'4" huh? Size does matter in international games if they can technically play and you'd think at Benfica he would have to.

navi8132
New York
Post #6
Thursday November 16, 2017 6:49pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 2,829
Would anyone agree with this world club rankings, that has Benfica listed as #27 in the world (ahead of Hoffenheim, Schalke, AC Milan etc)?

http://footballdatabase.com/ranking/world/1

kernn63
Post #7
Thursday November 16, 2017 9:01pm

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 268
Yeah. I️ think that rings fairly true Navi. Benfica has made final 16 of last two champions leagues and you look at some of the teams you've mentioned and they've been fairly pedestrian of late in their own domestic leagues. (Hoffenhein being the exception.....they've been pretty solid over the past couple of seasons.)

kernn63
Post #8
Saturday November 18, 2017 7:42pm

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 268
Made 18 for Benfica today.

blaise213
Post #9
Saturday November 18, 2017 8:23pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 2,499
was shocked to see he wasn't a black dude with that name

kernn63
Post #10
Saturday November 18, 2017 9:14pm

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 268
And entered 71st minute. Clearly made a nice impression over the into break.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #11
Saturday November 18, 2017 9:32pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 9,369
Dude is good. And I could easily see him partnering with Mckennie

goods
Post #12
Saturday November 18, 2017 10:03pm

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 490
Had a nice little assist in his first appearance.

https://imgtc.com/w/aDIcT66

navi8132
New York
Post #13
Saturday November 18, 2017 11:23pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 2,829
I have heard he is a CAM. Kyle Scott hopefully can be the next to come up.

navi8132
New York
Post #14
Sunday November 19, 2017 2:31am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 2,829
Scratch that: "Technically very good for a 6'4'' defensive mid, he's a good passer & mobile enough to advance in possession. "

While at his previous team "At Varzim he was actually playing most of his minutes in more attacking positions and not so much as a #6. "

Dave
Post #15
Sunday November 19, 2017 7:14pm

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 819
Original post from navi8132

Scratch that: "Technically very good for a 6'4'' defensive mid, he's a good passer & mobile enough to advance in possession. "

While at his previous team "At Varzim he was actually playing most of his minutes in more attacking positions and not so much as a #6. "


When Bradley was playing in the Dutch league he was deployed as a #10, than an #8 when he was in Germany, before moving to a #6 in MLS. If Parks has the ability to fulfill multiple roles in the center of the field it only improves his possibility of making and contributing to a team. The days of players rigidly being cast in a single position is over. Today players need to be versatile enough to play multiple positions and formations without significant drop in performance.

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