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2tone
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Post #16
Tuesday April 2, 2013 5:40am

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Original post from nick

Is Chris Schuler really that good. I have never seen the guy play or at least can't remember seeing him play. Isn't this like his first year getting regular starting minutes?


The USMNT doesn't boast many Cb's with Schuler's size, good pace, good passing, calm presence on the ball, and good feet combined with his good defensive skills that are still blossoming. At 25 he is primed for the next level.

He has been mostly a bench player that was starting receive a lot of minutes at LB and Cb for the past couple of years. Now that Olave left ( Schuler was the reason why RSL did not extend Olaves contract) Schuler has taken the next step by cementing a starting role next to Borchers. RSL also has Watson-Siriboe as well. So Schuler clearly won the starting job.

He clearly has talent. He could make a push for the USMNT even in this late of the WC cycle.

Right now you have Cameron, Besler, and Gonzales penciled in as regulars at CB. Cameron may find himself moved over to RB. Chandler may be moved to winger.

After that you have Boca and Goodson. Both are older and not exactly reliable anymore at club level or international level.

So that leaves: John, Schuler, and possibly Hines, Okugo, and JAB( if he decides to rep the US) as players that could all be fighting for that 3rd and 4th CB spots for the WC team; depending on if Cameron gets moved to RB.

There is still a lot of unknowns on the backline with this USMNT going forward especailly if they qualify for Brazil 2014.

John and Schuler could put themselves in the USMNT picture with continued good performances in MLS and both possibly having equally good Gold Cup performances.

MSantoine
Post #17
Tuesday April 2, 2013 11:43am

Joined Nov 2012
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What about Gale Agbossoumonde? Havent heard anything. Is he hurt or just not in Toronto's plans currently? Was a phenomenal youth player and made it to the senior team as a 19 year old. I know traffic sports messed him up but was hopeful him coming back to MLS would get him back on track. Any Canucks been following him?

rainORshine
Post #18
Tuesday April 2, 2013 1:28pm

Joined Dec 2012
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Original post from 2tone

After that you have Boca and Goodson. Both are older and not exactly reliable anymore at club level or international level.



just want to make a couple points about goodson:
1 - he is 30, so as far as this WC cycle, his age is not an issue
2 - he has struggled with 1 or 2 injuries this season, but not sure that means we can declare him "unreliable". he has missed 9 of 25 league games. when he has played, brondby's defense is much better than when he has not - 1.31 goals against (would be 5th out of 12) when he plays v 1.78 when he does not (would be 10th)

yes, he needs to show he can shake injury bug, but he has generally been pretty durable, so probably deserves the benefit of the doubt

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #19
Tuesday April 2, 2013 2:45pm

Joined Nov 2012
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I think we should go with some of the much younger overseas guys, or else go with some of the MLS guys that could sneak onto the WC team...like George John or Matt Hedges. Both playing consistently well, have a lot of height and can attack a ball in the air.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #20
Tuesday April 2, 2013 6:33pm

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Original post from rainORshine

just want to make a couple points about goodson:
1 - he is 30, so as far as this WC cycle, his age is not an issue
2 - he has struggled with 1 or 2 injuries this season, but not sure that means we can declare him "unreliable". he has missed 9 of 25 league games. when he has played, brondby's defense is much better than when he has not - 1.31 goals against (would be 5th out of 12) when he plays v 1.78 when he does not (would be 10th)

yes, he needs to show he can shake injury bug, but he has generally been pretty durable, so probably deserves the benefit of the doubt


Meh he has been shaky mulitiple times for the US, he is a little injury prone, and has been pretty bad at times for Brondby this season. There is a reason he was benched and for him giving up the captains armband. I am not a Goodson hater nor am I a Goodson fan.
For me he doesn't get the benefit of the doubt because he hasn't shown to be a reliable defender for the USMNT on numerous occassions. He is not a lock to be a regular USMNT defender. He will have to compete with numerous players for his place going forward. If he wins out then great if not then some other player will step in.

rainORshine
Post #21
Tuesday April 2, 2013 6:40pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 2,097
Original post from 2tone

Meh he has been shaky mulitiple times for the US, he is a little injury prone, and has been pretty bad at times for Brondby this season. There is a reason he was benched and for him giving up the captains armband. I am not a Goodson hater nor am I a Goodson fan.
For me he doesn't get the benefit of the doubt because he hasn't shown to be a reliable defender for the USMNT on numerous occassions. He is not a lock to be a regular USMNT defender. He will have to compete with numerous players for his place going forward. If he wins out then great if not then some other player will step in.


obviously goodson was ahead of besler heading into last weeks games - started and played well v costa rica. not sure how he is not in the same category as besler and cameron. id say gonzo is only one we can take for granted for now

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