Mo Edu at CB

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by Kool Herc, May 25, 2010.

  1. Kool Herc

    Kool Herc Member

    Oct 17, 2008
    Dallas
    Club:
    Leeds United AFC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    :eek: I know he did it before at the Olympics and all but is there anything to read into this?

    Maybe Bob is assessing his options without Gooch?

    Honestly after watching Gooch today I don't see how we can bring him.
     
  2. Onionsack

    Onionsack BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Jul 21, 2003
    New York City
    Club:
    FC Girondins de Bordeaux
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    option of last resort
     
  3. alffy

    alffy Member

    Sep 9, 2001
    Seattle-ish
    Edu is a lock for the final 23. Bob's trying him there tonight indicates he will be on the squad and looking at options. Notice no Marshall sub in for Gooch?

    Gooch will probably be day by day decisions and might be an option off the bench if he isn't ready for Prime Time by next month. Still a better option than Marshall or even Goodson.
     
  4. KALM

    KALM Member+

    Oct 6, 2006
    Boston/Providence
    Gooch might not even be fit to make the final roster.

    Bocanegra's just had hernia surgery and will probably be needed at LB.

    Demerit's apparently having depth perception problems after his eye injury.

    This is looking more and more likely every day as something we might see at the World Cup.
     
  5. Kool Herc

    Kool Herc Member

    Oct 17, 2008
    Dallas
    Club:
    Leeds United AFC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That wasn't good :(
     
  6. KALM

    KALM Member+

    Oct 6, 2006
    Boston/Providence
    And just as I say that...
     
  7. MrHobbles

    MrHobbles Member

    Jul 14, 2008
    Linden and San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'll pass.


    Though, I blame Sacha for allowing that pass to even happen.
     
  8. Kool Herc

    Kool Herc Member

    Oct 17, 2008
    Dallas
    Club:
    Leeds United AFC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Agree with that - why he was even brought in is beyond me.
     
  9. maddog36

    maddog36 Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    Bergen Cty, NJ
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'd rather see Spector at CB....but Bob may already know that's a possibility
     
  10. Dynamo Kev

    Dynamo Kev Member

    Oct 24, 2000
    I wouldn't read into it, he wanted to see Bedoya, Gooch couldn't go 90 and he only had 1 sub..
     
  11. United1

    United1 Member

    Feb 23, 1999
    Arlington, VA
    Club:
    DC United
  12. Captain10

    Captain10 Member

    Jul 26, 2000
    Marietta, GA
    Club:
    Corinthians Sao Paulo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We can't bring Gooch based on what I saw tonight -- not even close, but Edu at CB would be a disaster. Why would the coach even consider that??? :mad:

    I wanted Gonzalez in this camp. Sure, he's a little green, but if needed, I think he would have been up to it. He's progressed a lot in the last year and a half. How Gooch was brought in instead is a mystery to me ...

    Keep Marshall in the 23. DeMerit and Goodson at CB ... and we'll keep our fingers crossed and pray a lot ...
     
  13. Heist

    Heist Member+

    Jun 15, 2001
    Virginia
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He looked how you'd expect a rusty player to look. You didn't see enough tonight to not bring Gooch.
    I do think we saw enough to know Edu isn't really a CB. He looked great in the first 25 minutes or so.
     
  14. chrisinho

    chrisinho Member

    Apr 24, 2002
    Back in HelLA
    We saw:

    • A non-jump
    • A limp at halftime
    • A big bag of ice on the bench

    It's not rust. He can't move the way he needs to.
     
  15. Aaryque

    Aaryque Member

    Apr 26, 2007
    Norcal
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It could have been rust. The non-jump was a timing issue. He was basically wrong footed as he was backpedaling and could push off. The limp I didn't see. Wouldn't be surprising for it to be a bit sore. The ice would have immediately been slapped on regardless of how his knee was feeling.
     
  16. Heist

    Heist Member+

    Jun 15, 2001
    Virginia
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    What he said.
    The non-jump is the only thing that concerns me of those three... and even then it could be something or it could be nothing.
     
  17. chrisinho

    chrisinho Member

    Apr 24, 2002
    Back in HelLA
    ^^^^

    Well, I obviously disagree but I HOPE the medical and coaching make the right call either way.
     
  18. Grumpy in LA

    Grumpy in LA Bringing It Since 1807™

    Sep 10, 2007
    Chicago
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That non-jump (and at least one other before it) really does worry me.

    On the other hand, I'd be stunned if neither the Nats trainers nor ACM's let Onyewu anywhere near the field without making him take a few vertical leaps to make sure that his knee could handle it. Testing somebody's vertical isn't tough or time-consuming.

    Oh, and Edu at CB: Not a good idea. I'd rather keep Onyewu in the twenty-three and if he can't go because he's not fully recovered, Bradley can bring in Marshall or (if I understand the injury replacement rules) even Gonzalez.
     
  19. OWN(yewu)ED

    OWN(yewu)ED Member+

    May 26, 2006
    chico, CA
    well that was the swift ninja death of that idea.
     
  20. Plan B

    Plan B New Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    Chicago
    The non-jump was arguably as much of a mental problem as a physical one-- it was not unlike the situation in which Gooch was injured in the first place.
     
  21. Marko72

    Marko72 Member+

    Aug 30, 2005
    New York
    That was my first thought as well. Until I saw what looked like a hitch in his gait. The knee might be acting up.

    If it's one of those mental, reflexive "Don't jump, Gooch! That's how you got hurt last time" issues, I'm worried because he doesn't have time to get over it. That's a player who's not ready and probably won't be 100% there.

    If it's a knee problem, well, I don't see how 3 weeks are going to make much of a difference after 7 months. He's our best defender. We all saw how much more composed he was than most of his teammates on the back line. But if he's got a bum knee and can't jump.....


    (Edu isn't a CB. He defends like a midfielder.)
     
  22. Reccossu

    Reccossu Member+

    Jan 31, 2005
    Birmingham
    Maybe Bob can quit coaching based on the wrong part of BS now.
     
  23. Honore de Ballsac

    Oct 28, 2005
    France.
    So, we probably need Boca (had surgery a few weeks back and is upstairs eating burgers and chicken wings) to play left back. Cause Bornstein's awfulness was only upstaged by Pearce's ineptitude.

    Except that at center back, DeMerit can't play, so that leaves us with Goodson - who at 28 is still raw between the ears - and Jonny Spector, who is indecent at anything besides right back.

    Not to worry, we're betting on good ol' Gooch: As the kids would say, FAIL. Kids can be cruel, much like the truth.

    OK but we've got promising young Mo Edu who could play CB in a pinch: Nope. He quickly and completely shat himself on the job.

    And even Steve Cherundolo was decidedly unassertive. One of our few veterans, little to no leadership. For those who did not realize it before, you can see how young our squad is by watching this back line try to move the ball to midfield when we're down a goal. Our guys were crapping themselves, and that Kljestan/Edu 1-2 knockout was just about inevitable.

    Bob Bradley is going to be up all night and he won't need any coffee. Hopefully he'll put on some Doors, punch a mirror and summon the warrior within to take down Capello.
     
  24. Honore de Ballsac

    Oct 28, 2005
    France.
    When I start a US Soccer fanzine, it's gonna be titled EMBRACE THE POSITION.
     
  25. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    I'd say Bob has 2 weeks to give either Mo and Mikey a crash course on how play in central defense.

    Or he could go to a 3-man line.

    Or both.
     

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