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Post #31
Thursday May 23, 2013 9:16pm

Joined Jul 2012
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Original post from Bshredder

Fabian Johnson LW and Edgar Castillo at LB could work very well but it would put pressure on the defensive midfielder and the LCB (Besler) because both Castillo/Johnson would want to attack.


Possibly, but w will never know what it will be like if we don't see it happen.

Loche Achles
Post #32
Thursday May 23, 2013 9:28pm

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 265
It would be fine to have a little pressure on the Dmid and LCB. That may mean for once we have pressure on their defense... Castillo to Fabian would be amazing, especially with the current form and confidence they have. I can also see their attacking prowess really gelling.

blaise213
San Francisco CA
Post #33
Thursday May 23, 2013 9:34pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 1,096
Original post from bjelks

Fabian is the most talented LB USA has ever had. Leave him there.

Beasley, Shea, Taylor can all play LM. It's not a need area.

Zusi is trash. Just because he works hard doesnt mean he's international quality.
RM can be between Donovan and Gyau.

#10 is Adu. Why? He's the most gifted technical player USA has ever had in the pool.
Which happens to be our biggest need because our attack has shown no imagination or consistent threat under any other playmaker JK has employed.

Cherundolo's best days are behind. He should be mentoring Chandler, Lichaj, and Ashe. I saw Ashe play last wk for the Dynamo against Revolution and he was easily the best athlete on the field and didnt get beaten one time.



1. Fabian needs to be Left wing although I'm not sold on castillo, and beasley is a temp. Im still pulling for LB Miguel Ponce to move from Chivas and accept a USMNT invite

2. Down for Tony Taylor - Shea isnt up to par at the moment

3. Not on board with zusi at all. He has bright moments but lacks good judgement in the final 1/3

4. I will take Freddy Adu in a heartbeat

5. I not sure about corey ashe at the moment, havent seen enough yet.

bjelks
Post #34
Thursday May 23, 2013 10:00pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 145
I dont agree Castillo is better than Lichaj, Beasley, or Ashe. Castillo, like Torres hasnt had a good perfomance in a USA shirt yet.

He's timid, offers nothing going forward, an easily muscled off the ball.
goalsense
chillguy1992
Post #35
Friday May 24, 2013 8:56am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 275
I agree on a move for fabian to left wing one of the better offensive games the united States had was against slovenia and he was man of the match.

Ponce would be nice but he got cap tied in a copa america match, even though Mexico was an invited team it still counts as him being cap tied by fifa.

I think we could move fabian back to left back only once brek shea has developed into the player I think I he can be just give it some time with him.

At right wing zusi is not the answer and I am surprised klinsman keeps starting him honestly not impressive at all. Freddy Adu would be an interesting idea simply because of what he has done for the US National team. Personally I feel if he can start getting some decent minutes in brazil we can see what he can do.

Jones and Bradley is not a working relationship they both play similar roles. I say ditch jones and see what klijestan or holden can do.

Castillo needs to prove himself in this next round of qualifying or else hes done he hasn't played 2 particularly well for the national team. He needs to play like he does at tijuana relaxed and able to dribble forward and defend well.

Anyways this is my first of what I hope to be many posts on yanks abroad hope everyone is doing well and cant wait to discuss with fellow fans of the National Team.

MSantoine
Post #36
Friday May 24, 2013 12:56pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from chillguy1992

I agree on a move for fabian to left wing one of the better offensive games the united States had was against slovenia and he was man of the match.

Ponce would be nice but he got cap tied in a copa america match, even though Mexico was an invited team it still counts as him being cap tied by fifa.
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Thats incorrect. Mexico was a guest nation so it did not cap tie them. Just as if Brazil was invited to Gold Cup it would not cap tie any players for them. Cap tying is only for world cup, WCQ, & federation tournies/qualifying, ie UEFA, CAF & Asian Cup of Nations bt only for teams from those federations

Loche Achles
Post #37
Friday May 24, 2013 2:25pm

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 265
Look, I used to be the harshest critic of Castillo but y'all haven't been watching enough of his games the past year and a half with the way y'all dismiss him so easily. Consistently in the LigaMX best 11 since then at LB.

@bjelks: timid and offers nothing going forward? I can see the muscle off the ball statement since he isn't buffed up but you need to watch more games with Castillo. Going forward he is a force to be reckoned with. When you say Ashe, Beasley, and Lichaj are better than Castillo and that he has nothing going forward you've really lost me and its clear you don't watch his games.

His issue used to be defensive blunders but he has really become surgical with his tackles and ability to track back.

I don't think he's had the best of shots/run outs with the nats, and all our LBs (even Fabian) have been a bit "shaky" on D. But if y'all have been watching any of the Xolos games the past year you'd want Castillo to get a run out. He is carving teams up. Last night's game is a prime example.

rainORshine
Post #38
Friday May 24, 2013 2:48pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 1,713
only way JKs current tactics really make much sense right now would be if fabian was playing in that LM/LW spot.

as for castillo, i think you have to give him a chance to prove himself at this level before dismissing him

if castillo is not up for it, i think fabian needs to stay at LB - dont think beasley or ashe should be on the field other than emergency situations

Loche Achles
Post #39
Friday May 24, 2013 2:58pm

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 265
Original post from rainORshine

only way JKs current tactics really make much sense right now would be if fabian was playing in that LM/LW spot.

as for castillo, i think you have to give him a chance to prove himself at this level before dismissing him

if castillo is not up for it, i think fabian needs to stay at LB - dont think beasley or ashe should be on the field other than emergency situations


Certainly. FB at LW would add width and service up top for our forlorn striker. And if DMB can get a run-out at LB (certainly not "strong" on the ball) and prove himself serviceable why can't one of the top LBs in LigaMX get a shot?

chillguy1992
Post #40
Friday May 24, 2013 7:25pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 275
Original post from MSantoine

Thats incorrect. Mexico was a guest nation so it did not cap tie them. Just as if Brazil was invited to Gold Cup it would not cap tie any players for them. Cap tying is only for world cup, WCQ, & federation tournies/qualifying, ie UEFA, CAF & Asian Cup of Nations bt only for teams from those federations


Yep your right my bad. Well actually time to get ponce. Although I am not sure what he is thinking. He still wants to play for Mexico although if not called up soon he might want to play for the states soon. He would be a nice pickup at left back even if he didn't end up starting.
Anyways fabian johnson should be moved to left wing for now with beasley or castillo a temporary solution for leftback. Then when Shea hopefully starts to get minutes for stoke this next year we can move johnson back to left back and put shea at left wing.

blaise213
San Francisco CA
Post #41
Friday May 24, 2013 8:07pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 1,096
Even though Ponce played a lot more, From what I heard, Ponce had an Eric Lichaj type season this year.

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