Donovan looking increasingly likely to be Striker

Discussion in 'USA Men' started by Allamerican74, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. Allamerican74

    Allamerican74 New Member

    Jun 5, 2004
    I don't know about you but I think it is looking increasingly likely that Landon will go up front again for the WC. Unless EJ turns up again, which I really hope he does as I just bought his shirt Landon will go up top. The midfield will be either Beas/Convey, Reyna, Obrien and either Mastro or Dempsey.
     
  2. TxFan

    TxFan Member

    Sep 6, 2001
    Have to agree with you.

    I think Landon and McBride are going to be up front. And we better hope that they are healthy enough to play every minute. I can't imagine having to stick Wolff or EJ in there. I don't even think its worth it to take Ching or Twellman. Though if I had to pick four forwards I'd go with McBride, Wolff, EJ and Ching, but I wouldn't feel comfortable giving any playing time to any of those guys other than McBride.

    Is our forward situation really this terrible? This is freaking depressing!
     
  3. BenfromUSA

    BenfromUSA Member

    Jan 20, 2006
    Minneapolis/St. Paul
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Donovan is an attacking midfielder, I think he is much more limited at forward.

    I think beasley should partner up front with McBride, he is speedy, good with the ball, relatively smart, makes good runs, his finishing has imporved, and I think he and McBride could click well together. I think eddie johnson is among the worst players on the squad actually.


    --Dempsey--Reyna--O'Brien--
    ----------Donovan----------

    -------McBride-Beasley-----
     
  4. JugglinNCWest7

    JugglinNCWest7 New Member

    Feb 18, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
    Not singling you out... Has anyone seen Landon play up top? He is so much more dangerous as an attacking midfielder or even out on the wing than when he has his back to goal.
     
  5. Allamerican74

    Allamerican74 New Member

    Jun 5, 2004
    No problem. He looked pretty good in the last WC and he scores goals for Galaxy.

    Interesting thought to start Beas up front. If that were to happen then you would have to start Convey over Dempsey easily.
     
  6. McGinty

    McGinty Member

    Aug 29, 2001
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    I think if you give up on any of the forwards, we should play the Dutch 4-3-3 with Beasley and Donovan flanking McBride and a midfield of Reyna, Mastro, and O'Brien (hopefully).
     
  7. Allamerican74

    Allamerican74 New Member

    Jun 5, 2004
    Wouldn't mind this option at all.
     
  8. DutchFootballRulez

    Jul 15, 2003
    Baltimore, MD
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't see how EJ doesn't start. Depending on the team playing McBride every minute may not be necessary.
     
  9. BenfromUSA

    BenfromUSA Member

    Jan 20, 2006
    Minneapolis/St. Paul
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    me too.
     
  10. firstshirt

    firstshirt Member+

    Mar 1, 2000
    Ellington, CT / NK, RI
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    agreed,,,,,he is more creative getting the ball in the midfield,,,,,to have him receiving the ball would limit his ability to see what is going on,,,,,he is a midfielder. Last night should not even be considered when it comes to the WC. EJ getting service from landon, Reyna, Lewis, Dempsey, McBride etc will be so much more effective then he was with Olsen, noonan and the cast he had last night....Same goes with Wolff and Twellman. Forget about last night
     
  11. Bill Schmidt

    Bill Schmidt BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 3, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    But we are so horribly lacking good forwards that he might have to go there. That's why an awesome run by EJ was so exciting. McBride is a threat there but I think the general consensus is that we have only a few world-beaters or players with that potential and most are in the back half of the field. Putting Donovan up front is just what you have to do when you've got Michael Jordan and CBA players on your team. If Adu had developed enough (a possibility at least) it could have made that move less disappointing. Who's the favorite to replace him as CAM, if we play with a CAM? Zavagnin or something?

    It's like moving your best player from QB to running back when you know the recievers are just gonna drop his passes, just to make sure he'll get some yards.
     
  12. TxFan

    TxFan Member

    Sep 6, 2001
    i like the 4-3-3 too. it might actually work...
     
  13. firstshirt

    firstshirt Member+

    Mar 1, 2000
    Ellington, CT / NK, RI
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    ...................................keller
    ..........Cherundolo.........gooch............Gibbs
    ......................Reyna.............Pablo
    Dempsey........JOB...................Lando.............Beaser
    ..............................McBride
    why not steal a page from Sampson?
    This might just be the way to have the best players on the field at once
     
  14. Allamerican74

    Allamerican74 New Member

    Jun 5, 2004

    Yes let's do that. Hopefully you're right. I'm going to go with this. It makes living that much easier.
     
  15. onefineesq

    onefineesq Member+

    Sep 16, 2003
    Laurel, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So McBride, who hasn't scored a goal that counted since the first week of February is our lock, but EJ, who has scored in both national team games and regular club games more recently is on the bench because ....................... hmmmmmm. Right. When McBride scores a goal outside of a blizzard goal that apparently doesn't count now, we'll talk. Until then, he is at 10 weeks and counting without putting the ball in the back of the net. And I don't want to hear about how he does the little things, but just isn't scoring. If we are worried about EJ, we should be worried doubly about McBride, as he's older and seems to me to be totally out of gas at this stage of the season. And neither Donovan or McBride is a better pure finisher than EJ.
     
  16. firstshirt

    firstshirt Member+

    Mar 1, 2000
    Ellington, CT / NK, RI
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    how about something more like
    ...........cher.........gibbs...........gooch...........lewis
    ..........dempsey..............Reyna..............JOB
    ......................landon.............beaser
    ...............................McBride
     
  17. Allamerican74

    Allamerican74 New Member

    Jun 5, 2004
    Put JOB on the right and Convey on the left and we have a deal. I just don't see Demps starting over Convey. Convey is way better than Demps right now.
     
  18. Mike22

    Mike22 New Member

    Nov 8, 2005
    Tampa-->KC, Mo
    I psuedo-agree, however I think we will go with a 4-5-1.

    -------Defenders
    Dolo-------------------
    ---Reyna----Mastro
    ------------------Obrien
    ----Donovan--Beasley
    ----------McBride

    No true RM because Cherundolo and Donovan and Reyna will all take that side.
    However, as I've said before, our formation/personal will be extremely dependent on the situation/opponent.
     
  19. firstshirt

    firstshirt Member+

    Mar 1, 2000
    Ellington, CT / NK, RI
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    not to be a wise guy or anything but exactly how many Reading games have you seen to base this on? I don;t have access to the colaship so I have no way of knowing,,,,I am just going buy MLS play,,,,Dempsey has been a far better player in MLS than Convey ever was......at least I think so
     
  20. TxFan

    TxFan Member

    Sep 6, 2001
    I like that too... I guess my only concern is that a solo McBride might not be effective. I really think that McBride needs someone up there to work with him... The lineup you've presented though could work just like a 4-3-3 in reality.

    in any event, it looks like we are going to have to rely on both landon and demarcus to help brian out. frankly, ej and wolff are in slumps and ching and twellman have disappointed...
     
  21. TxFan

    TxFan Member

    Sep 6, 2001
    I sort of think that Convey is better than Dempsey too... but that's based just on his performance in the Germany debacle. I'm sure they will both get quality minutes. No way Bruce is going to run out a tired midfielder against Ghana... so frankly the Convey v. Dempsey discussion is kind of moot...
     
  22. Allamerican74

    Allamerican74 New Member

    Jun 5, 2004
    I watch Skysports and have watched Reading play a lot this season both in person and on TV. Convey is vastly improved since he played for DC. For one he scores now!
     
  23. ugaaccountant

    ugaaccountant New Member

    Oct 26, 2003
    National team games count too. Convey has been tearing it up since last summer for the USA as well as being generally hailed as one of the best players in the Cola. It's a good problem to have when you have good players that can't get a spot. If I was Beasley i'd be quite worried by both of their development.
     
  24. firstshirt

    firstshirt Member+

    Mar 1, 2000
    Ellington, CT / NK, RI
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    cool,,,,,I only see clips on skysorts news,,,,besides Demps is more a center/right sided player and convey are more leftsided so I guess its a moot point
     
  25. TxFan

    TxFan Member

    Sep 6, 2001
    anyone given any thought to starting convey or beasley alongside mcbride? that way we can keep donovan in the midfield?...
     

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