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Post #1
Sunday May 26, 2013 3:19pm

Joined Jul 2012
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I was thinking about CB for the USMNT. While right now it seems CB isn't the strongest position for the Nats; that could change for the 2018 and 2022 WC cycles. Lets take a look at the CB pool for 2018 and 2022.

Gonzo: Will be primed to be the main man in the 2018 WC cycle and possibly the 2022 WC cycle in defense. 29 for the 2018 WC. 33 for the 2022 WC.

Besler: Looks like a solid bet to be a starter for the 2018 WC cycle. 31 for the 2018 WC

Cameron: Could jump to starter if he moves to CB for the Potters. 32 for the 2018 WC

Brooks: If he makes the decision to play for the States then he will be a starter for the Nats in the 2018 WC cycle and 2022 WC cycle. 24 for the 2018 WC. 28 for the 2022 WC

John: Has the talent, but just needs to stay healthy. 31 for the 2018 WC.

Hedges: Guy has a lot of talent. He will be in the player pool for the 2018 and 2022 WC cycles. 28 for the 2018 WC. 32 for the 2022 WC

Ventura Alvarado: Primed to get serious minutes for Club America these next few years. Will be in the player pool for the 2018 and 2022 WC cycles. 25 for the 2018 WC. 29 for the 2022 WC. He could be used as an outside back as well.

Amobi Okugo: I still have my questions and reservations about him being a CB. But he definitely has the talent. 27 for the 2018 WC. 31 for the 2022 WC

Shane O'Neill: Really talented, and could jump up this board. Could be in the player pool for the 2018 WC cycle. My guess he will be more for the 2022 WC cycle. 24 for the 2018 WC, 28 for the 2022 WC.

Walker Zimmerman: Huge potential, a lot of talent. I think he will be more for the 2022 WC cycle: 25 in 2018 and 29 in 2022.

These are the players right now that I see as the CB depth for the 2018 and 2022 WC cycles.

But as always others may emerge in the coming years.

MSantoine
Post #2
Sunday May 26, 2013 7:28pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,608
Id put Packwood in the same class as Alvardo/Oneil/Zimmerman. If he regains his pre-injury form he'll be 25 in 20188 and 29 in 2022.

Also I wouldnt count out Hines (was looking good until minor injuries).
Also Cunningham and Henley are young enough where they could eventually move o the center (like Boca did and Cameron does)

Bshredder
Post #3
Sunday May 26, 2013 9:22pm

Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts: 1,452
Henley would never play in the middle.

Cunningham isn't getting minutes. Not sure he fits in anywhere yet


A big question for U.S. fans heading into the World Cup is surely on Jozy Altidore and just what is plaguing the young striker at Sunderland.
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