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camparkinson
Post #16
Monday August 19, 2013 3:56pm

Joined Aug 2012
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I like Lichaj but clearly Klinsy doesn't so my bet would be Beas at LB and Fabian at RB... I'd love to see what that looks but doubt we'll see it in the next two games... which probably means more Evans.

navi8132
New York
Post #17
Monday August 19, 2013 4:28pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 3,100
I mean this is disgraceful. Lichaj has done enough in his career to be worthy of one look with this coach. One camp.

CBoyd3142
Probably far from where you are...
Post #18
Monday August 19, 2013 4:42pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 320
The guy got rave reviews for his game against Bolton this weekend - he's put himself in a position to warrant a call-up IMHO. The position is thin and he's capable - yeah, I'd like to see Dolo and even Chandler back there, but they aren't valid options right now. The guy is playing well - people who doubt his talent clearly haven't been watching him. And the Championship isn't that far removed from the EPL - many compare the Championship to the MLS and we avidly get players from there....

As far as Beasley is concerned - I love the guy. I think if he doesn't at least get a bench spot come WC, it's a travesty. At RB, he's got great speed, recovers well, and is a definite offensive threat when he wants to be. However, he's old, he lacks strength, and he goes down a good bit. I won't be at all upset if he starts there in the near future, but Lichaj's got an argument for a bench spot at the very least.

Evans is a par RB playing out of position - technically "solid" but nothing beyond that. He can't offer the versatility that we see from Fabian at LB. Parkhurst is slowly becoming relevant at Augsburg but is another older, less physical RB. I put him and Evans on the exact same level at the moment.

Obviously, this is all opinion - for those of you throwing the "bandwagon" statement out there - but the guy is most definitely talented. If we rely on Evans and Parkhurst and, to a degree, Beasley at RB for the long-term, that area is going to a problem that other teams will exploit. Call Lichaj in for early qualifiers/friendlies and let him prove something - then we'll know for sure whether or not he belongs.
Toffee Fan....for the moment
MSantoine
Post #19
Monday August 19, 2013 5:15pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Odds to start at RB in Brazil

Chandler-40% - One of two players in the pool that has/could play in a big 4 league. A natural fullback. Still young so could improve. If hes a regular for Nuremburg in spring 2014 he's the starter regardless of if he plays in the sept/oct qualies.

Cameron-25%- If he starts at RB for Stoke all year how is he not a favorite to start their in Brazil?

Parkhurst-10% - He could become a bundesliga regula. He's older than other two and further from a starting lineup.

Fiscal- 5% - Looked decent in gold cup. If he leads Puebla to a deep playoff run he could get some looks, especially if Chandler and Parkhurst dont break into the lineup.

Evans-5% - Holding down the fort now so he's in the discussion but its hard to see him being our best bet come June 2014

Lichaj- 5% - Hasnt been in JKs plans to date. Seems like he has to play almost perfectly to get a look. May need a team MVP performance to be the starter in Brazil

Yedlin/Farrel-5% each- You never know. Some players explode their second season, some slump. If either of these two finishes this year strong, including a playoff run, they probably feature in jan camp. Perform well there and they are in the discussion.

Thats how I see it and where I'd lay odds for each contender

_Dw_
Post #20
Monday August 19, 2013 5:54pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 69
Original post from MSantoine

Odds to start at RB in Brazil

Chandler-40% - One of two players in the pool that has/could play in a big 4 league. A natural fullback. Still young so could improve. If hes a regular for Nuremburg in spring 2014 he's the starter regardless of if he plays in the sept/oct qualies.

Cameron-25%- If he starts at RB for Stoke all year how is he not a favorite to start their in Brazil?

Parkhurst-10% - He could become a bundesliga regula. He's older than other two and further from a starting lineup.

Fiscal- 5% - Looked decent in gold cup. If he leads Puebla to a deep playoff run he could get some looks, especially if Chandler and Parkhurst dont break into the lineup.

Evans-5% - Holding down the fort now so he's in the discussion but its hard to see him being our best bet come June 2014

Lichaj- 5% - Hasnt been in JKs plans to date. Seems like he has to play almost perfectly to get a look. May need a team MVP performance to be the starter in Brazil

Yedlin/Farrel-5% each- You never know. Some players explode their second season, some slump. If either of these two finishes this year strong, including a playoff run, they probably feature in jan camp. Perform well there and they are in the discussion.

Thats how I see it and where I'd lay odds for each contender


I believe Evans actually has the greatest shot at this point. According to what we are seeing, he is rated highly by JK and he has played well.

MSantoine
Post #21
Monday August 19, 2013 7:05pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from _Dw_

I believe Evans actually has the greatest shot at this point. According to what we are seeing, he is rated highly by JK and he has played well.


Perhaps. But would you bet on a journeyman MLSer playing out of position over a 23yr old Bundesliga player or an EPL starter? I dont doubt Evans starts in sept, and possibly oct, but theres so many guys that can increase their standing. Can Evans?

skangles
DC
Post #22
Monday August 19, 2013 9:51pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,420
Original post from GD10

You play Fabian at right back. I know this might sound crazy since hes great at left mid but with Johannsson making a case to start why don't you slot him at the left mid spot and move Fabian to right back, he played there capably against Mexico. Could be away to have all our best players on the field.

Jozy

Johannsson Dempsey Donovan

Bradley Jones(ugh...)

Beasley Brooks Besler F. Johnson

Howard


I like it.

Jzaval01
Post #23
Monday August 19, 2013 10:26pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,315
Some of you guys might not rate Lichaj but what else do we got? Let's be clear Evans has been the best option at RB and has been solid for this past 3 qualifiers. Timothy wasnt good in the first qualifier. Knowing that Dolo is pretty much done give these to men plus Cameron, Parkhurst and Beltran.
So who should it be out this 5 man? Depends on playing time. Seeing as how Cameron played RB vs liverpool and looked solid can be a sign. Lichaj can be another call up if he get more minutes and impresses like he did with bolton. Parkhust has to get a loan if he isnt going to play. So at the moment we have pretty much this big question mark!
Ranking the top 5 RB options atm
1 Evans
2 Chandler (if he wants to play for NT)
3 Cameron
4 Parkhurst
5 Beltran
6 Yedlin (Not gonna happen)

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #24
Monday August 19, 2013 10:53pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,467
@skangles, Fab's got a decent right foot if I recall, I'd be interested to see how he plays out on the right.

@Jzaval01, would you concede that an in form and fully fit Chandler takes that spot from Evans?

skangles
DC
Post #25
Monday August 19, 2013 10:56pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,420
If I am not mistaken I think Fabian played RB for us against Mexico in the 1-0 friendly last year. I think GD10 is on to something.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #26
Tuesday August 20, 2013 12:02am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,357
Original post from recycledhumans

@skangles, Fab's got a decent right foot if I recall, I'd be interested to see how he plays out on the right.

@Jzaval01, would you concede that an in form and fully fit Chandler takes that spot from Evans?


Fabian Johnson is right footed, so yes he does have a good right foot. People need to realize this. Watch him dribble it's all right footed.

navi8132
New York
Post #27
Tuesday August 20, 2013 12:29am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 3,100
I remember back in 2011 when most people were thinking Lichaj was going to be the successor of Cherundelo. That STILL remains the case with some of us.

Jzaval01
Post #28
Tuesday August 20, 2013 12:47am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,315
Original post from recycledhumans

@skangles, Fab's got a decent right foot if I recall, I'd be interested to see how he plays out on the right.

@Jzaval01, would you concede that an in form and fully fit Chandler takes that spot from Evans?


I think a fully committed Chandler takes Evans spot

Jzaval01
Post #29
Tuesday August 20, 2013 12:54am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,315
So Fabian would be the RB? The thing with that is we lose his ability to create plays. He looks so much more dangerous as a mid. Are we assuming that Landon will be the LM and Zusi will be the RM? Who would be the LB? Beasley or Castillo. Its hard to trust them in the world stage. Correct me if Im wrong but I dont think Evans has done much of any mistakes during this crucial WCQ?
Personally I think its should be like this

Landon - LM Zusi - RM
Fabian - LB Evans/Chandler - RB

This is how Jurgen wants the team to play. This especially works with Landon and Fabian working together both attacking and Defending together. How many times now have you seen donovan make a 30-50 track back to defend? This gives more freedom to Fabian to attack and go up.

It also works with Zusi because of his high work rate but Evans doesnt and wont overlap him in attack for the most time at least not like chandler would

rainORshine
Post #30
Tuesday August 20, 2013 3:17am

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 2,097
RB without chandler OR dolo:

1 - cameron / lichaj
2 - lichaj / cameron

cameron appears locked in at RB for stoke. last season he was learning a new position, but the fact that he is still there means he is figuring it out

would expect to see lichaj called in this fall

who is better? hard to say...

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