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Post #1
Thursday July 25, 2013 11:02pm

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With the inconsistency at RB will Lichaj finally get a look from Klinsmann?

Lichaj has been playing at both RB and LB for Notiingham Forest in pre-season. He looks set to be a starter at either fullback position.

With Dolo's uncertainty this season and Chandlers injury issues that always seem to crop up around USMNT camp dates; I think Lichaj may finally get a shot with the USMNT this year.

He is a better fullback than both Parkhurst and Evans who seem to be Klinsmann's prime candidates at the moment. He may not be a better defender than Parkhurst, but Lichaj is better going forward. Licahj is better going forward and defending over Evans.

I hope he gets a shot this year.

Chandler is also incredibly inconsistent for Hannover. I would not be surprised to see Lichaj as the #1 RB at the end of this season for the USMNT.

MSantoine
Post #2
Friday July 26, 2013 3:00am

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I think RB breaks down as follows:

1)Chandler's position to lose. If he stays healthy and gets committed he's our clear top option.

2) Dolo- If he gets back to last years form hes there to jump in and hold down the fort for one more go around.

3) Parkhurst- If he breaks into Ausberg's lineup and stays there he'll stay in the top 2-3 options and probably be in Brazil

4) Evans- Seems like a fallback option if the 3 Bundesliga starters fail and no one else steps up.

Lichaj would have to perform well all year and have 2-3 of the German leaguers fail. And at the same time not have the young MLSers pass him by. Hes in a tough spot to make Brazil.

tylercocinas
Post #3
Friday July 26, 2013 11:24am

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It is great that Lichaj is going to have a starting role for a club competing for promotion. He has got to avoid the types of lapses that caused him to lose his place at Villa. If he can do that I see no reason why he couldn't be in the picture at fullback.

CBoyd3142
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Post #4
Friday July 26, 2013 2:49pm

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I don't think it's unrealistic to see Lichaj in Brazil:

1. He's not new to the USMNT - see Gold Cup 2011
2. He's aggressive and makes great overlapping runs, and can cross the ball effectively - something we don't see much from Evans or Parkhurst.
3. He's at a new club where opportunity is much more prevalent, and has EPL experience to boot.
4. Chandler flakes, but I doubt he will for the WC - Dolo, one of my favorite players, is sadly at the point where injury and age are taking their toll. Still, Dolo could be set at RB while Timmy has a bit more utility at RM & RB - I think these two players status in late 2014 will be telling of Lichaj's chances.
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Scout92
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Post #5
Friday July 26, 2013 7:14pm

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Chandler plays for FC Nuremburg..

Really hope to see Lichaj get a shot, I know he is better than evans and parkhurst..

Mojofc
Post #6
Friday July 26, 2013 7:31pm

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Lichaj will get his chance before 2O14 imo. I think he will be starting this season for club and with our lack of RWB options as well as LB options behind DMB and FJ I think JK will give him his chance.

I think JK has realized Castillo is no longer worth a look after this Gold Cup, he really has looked horrific defensively and weak going forward.

Parkhurst couldn't secure a starting RB spot last season, add to the fact he's more specifically a defensive RB, he doesn't fit into JK's 'preferred' plans at that position.
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chillguy1992
Post #7
Friday July 26, 2013 7:57pm

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I think lichaj has more of a chance of breaking in at left back then right back for the mens national team. I think at left back you have beasley who plays more as a left winger. Then you have fabian johnson similar story for club except has played left back in the past for club. So in the end you have 2 players who dont play left back for club except fabian in rare situations. I think fabian will end up as the starting left back in the future since donovan will most likely end up in the starting 11 for mnt again and since klinsmann thinks highly of zusi my guess is you see beasley moved to the bench rather then zusi. Although donovan is much better then zusi so I would have no problem with taking zusi out and putting donovan in the starting 11. If that happens then lichaj could back up beasley or possibly become the starter. Our right back spot while not perfect for klinsmann it seems is locked up with three bundesliga players in dolo, chandler, and parkhurst. Chandler is deffinetly going to the wc so my guess is either parkhurst or dolo end up going with him. Evans of course is the wild card at right back I think right back will be harder for lichaj to break into.

Lichajs best hope is to play at left back for the mens national team. Casitllo is no longer projected as a left back. Corey ashe has recieved no time at left back. Morrow at left back was average and ever since his january apperance has not been called up again. Lichaj might get a suprise call up in the bosnia friendly to see how he is at left back.

rjw77
Post #8
Friday July 26, 2013 7:57pm

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In my 23 for the world cup I have Lichaj in it along with Chandler. Gives backup at both fullbacks especially if fabian is playing midfield and beasley is starting at LB.

EKneezy
Post #9
Friday July 26, 2013 8:00pm

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I think he could challenge for a starting spot at right back.

I see Chandler as our no. 1 going forward. Dolo is 2nd. But I think these last few friendlies and qualifiers are his last chance to secure a spot. But if he doesnt play and Lichaj is succeeding and starting for Forest then his spot will be gone like Boca's spot was. I like Tony Beltran more than Parkhurst but Parkhurst is a far better defensive RB. Evans is an emergency RB in my eyes.

skangles
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Post #10
Friday July 26, 2013 11:15pm

Joined Jan 2013
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Original post from MSantoine

I think RB breaks down as follows:

1)Chandler's position to lose. If he stays healthy and gets committed he's our clear top option.

2) Dolo- If he gets back to last years form hes there to jump in and hold down the fort for one more go around.

3) Parkhurst- If he breaks into Ausberg's lineup and stays there he'll stay in the top 2-3 options and probably be in Brazil

4) Evans- Seems like a fallback option if the 3 Bundesliga starters fail and no one else steps up.

Lichaj would have to perform well all year and have 2-3 of the German leaguers fail. And at the same time not have the young MLSers pass him by. Hes in a tough spot to make Brazil.


I agree with this but I think that the odds of points 1-3 all going well is quite low as at the moment all three players need to overcome significant hurdles. We may get 1, possibly 2 of those first three points which could mean Lichaj may be battling it out with Evans for the backup spot. That gives him a reasonable chance to make it Brazil so long as he can outperform the MLS youngsters as you've noted.

It's an uphill battle for him but I don't see any RB options that aren't facing an uphill battle.


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