Adu - Donovan

Discussion in 'USA Men' started by Sonicspride, Sep 17, 2003.

  1. Sonicspride

    Sonicspride New Member

    Jul 20, 2003
    Effective attackers in Germany 2006?

    What is the future ahead for these guys together?
  2. DaeHaMinGuk

    DaeHaMinGuk Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    Tha dirty Souf Korea
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea Republic
    Adu will play for a top-caliber European team. Donovan will be a mid-table striker for a Euro team.
  3. dcufan1984

    dcufan1984 Member

    Feb 17, 2002
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    donovan will most likely be an a-mid/forward. i could see him starting for a mid-table euro team that challenges for a uefa spot... maybe better if he continues to develop.
  4. Sonicspride

    Sonicspride New Member

    Jul 20, 2003
    Alongside Adu, i think we need another tall Forward Striker McBride like size, and even McBride like in general.

    Or should I say, a tall power forward?!

    Who can step up alongside Adu?
  5. onefineesq

    onefineesq Member+

    Sep 16, 2003
    Laurel, MD
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't think Adu will see much playing time at forward. He himself has stated that he much prefers to play the attacking midfield position right behind the 2 strikers because that allows him to run at defenders instead of having to bang with defenders who are much bigger than him. Landon Donovan should consider that statement in his own best interests .......
  6. dcufan1984

    dcufan1984 Member

    Feb 17, 2002
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    conor casey or taylor twellman?
  7. ChrisE

    ChrisE Member

    Jul 1, 2002
    Nat'l Team:
    American Samoa
    Or the new hot item, Edson Buddle. Or Eddie Johnson if he ever figures it out.
  8. dcufan1984

    dcufan1984 Member

    Feb 17, 2002
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    true, true.
  9. Kevin in Louisiana

    Kevin in Louisiana New Member

    Feb 7, 2003
    Metairie, LA
    I think that after McBride you'll see either Twellman, Casey, Buddle, or Johnson occupying the target forward spot. Maybe have Donovan as the smaller, more creative forward. Or, if someone else emerges as a forward, shift Donovan to the right wing. Or just shift him around as was done in WC2002 so that you can rest players and exploit the defense's weaknesses. Donovan's greatest asset is his versatility, something that was extremely useful in the WC.

    Adu could play up top, but as has been said, he's probably better suited to play A-mid. I don't see Donovan and Adu ever being strikers for us at the same time. You generally want a target forward like McBride up there to go along with someone like Donovan.
  10. bigtoga

    bigtoga Member

    Sep 16, 2000
    Dallas, Texas
    As much as I like Adu, I don't see him getting PT during the WC unless we are out of it in Round 1 and playing a "consolation" game for our third match. Remember - he'll be 17 then (and only by a few days).

    This is obviously just a guess but Bruce likes to protect the youth players. He puts them on the team but doesn't play them as much as we'd often like to see them play.

    Seriously guys, Adu will not likely play any of the qualifiers even. He'll be 15 and 16 for the qualifiers going up against some rude and crude defenders from some rough and tumble countries. At 15 or 16, an injury can derail the kid's entire career so don't expect too much too soon.

    Of course, he could play in a qualifier and score three goals and be Bruce's "savior"! Who knows!
  11. BenC1357

    BenC1357 Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    I think youre exactly right. Adu may go for "experience" to WC06 (again, provided we qualify), but lets remember that Arena has a past for not taking people just for experience. (see: Meola instead of Howard '02)
  12. striker

    striker Member+

    Aug 4, 1999
    Until we legalize same sex union or marriage in this country, the future ahead for these guys together will be rough. They can always move north to Canada.
  13. fatmaradona

    fatmaradona New Member

    Dec 15, 2002
    the Anschutz ranch
    I was sitting in a 5-hr meeting about oil and gas leases yesterday when it donned on me, LD should go to Celtic. He can play the withdrawn forward behind Hartson and Larsson, with Lennon playing DM, and then move up front when needed. Be good for the Euro competitions
  14. roarksown1

    roarksown1 Member

    Mar 30, 2001
    Playa del Rey, CA
    Hamburger SV
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If all our talent pool develops accordingly, I like the idea of this team for 2010...

    .................. Howard ....................
    .................... Clark .....................
    ..... Szetela ...... Donovan ..... Beasley..
    .......... Adu .............. Buddle/Casey....
  15. mellon002

    mellon002 Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Towson, MD
    I'd be surprised if Adu is even on the WC squad in 2006. He won't be involved in qualifying. Therefore he would take a spot from someone who did help the team in qualifying. That's just messed up. Don't count on him in 2006.
  16. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    That logic doesn't work with Arena. DaMarcus Beasley, Pablo Mastroeni, Frankie Hejduk. I think Donovan played in 2 qualifyers that meant anything, vs Guatemala and Jamaica. Wolff played in the 1st two in the HEX before breaking his ankle.

    After the Jamaica match in Qualifying, Arena said that he knew that his team had no chance of showing well in the world cup and that he had to make a lot of changes for them to even compete. Which is exactly what he did.

    If we qualify, Arena should have around a Year and a Half to tweak his roster until he gets it ti his likings. During that time your gonna see a lot of guys get run-outs for major friendlies.

    Talented U-20s (Adu, Szetela, Spector, Simek, Whitbred, Karbassiyoon, Tino Quaranta, Eddie Johnson, Gaven, Magee, Eskandarian, Ricardo Clark).

    20somethings that never really got many shots (Gooch, Beckerman, Capano, Casey, Twellman),

    re-treads (Armas, Wolff, Mathis, Kirovski, Ralston, Mulrooney, Vanney, Berhalter).

    And the the Core (Donovan, Buddle - I Hope -, Beasley, Convey, JOB, Reyna, Mastro, Pope, Cherundolo, Bocangera, the 3 Keeps)

    Gibbs goes on that list somewhere, just don't know where exactly.
  17. bostonsoccermdl

    bostonsoccermdl Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 3, 2002
    Denver, CO
    look for Buddle to be have fully filled McBrides role by 2006...

    the mathis's, razovs, twellmans, cunnighams, wolfs, kirovskis, will all be hopefulls for the roster by 2006 with all the talent we have coming up the ranks.....

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