Going into the world cup qualifiers and probably more importantly in the near future (because of the players I'm mentioning) the U-23 Olympic qualification process, here is my question. When looking at our midfield we've always seemed to use Landon as an attacking center mid. Under Bradley we've moved him out right more often and employed any two of Clark, Bradley, Feilhaber, or Edu (maybe the aging Mastroeni) in the center mid roles and played them both as either defensive or at the very least passive center mids. They are not extremely dangerous attacking footballers. If we are going to move Donovan out right anyway (Which I guess I can see the benifit of) Why doesn't that open up the attacking center midfield position for Freddy Adu. I think we all agree he belongs at this level. He's not scoring goals yet but he is very dangerous. He is a very strong set up man who can get assists. Most importantly he is smaller but quick and moves in a very direct way towards the box which leads to fouls around the 18 and maybe some PK's. That gives us the chance to play my selection, Maurice Edu, at a straight defensive center mid position and allows him the freedom to just be a ball winner and enforcer. He certainly isn't one of the more attacking minded players but he is anything but passive. I think he has performed better under the national team colors than the other 3 I mentioned seriously. We still have Convey left. Beasley will be back from his knee injury in like 12 years or something but he'll factor in eventually. That gives us a strong diamond formation that I think could be stronger than the one we took to the 2002 world cup and most certainly stronger than the one we chose for 2006 (that's a shot at Reyna). I think this gives us the chance to switch Donovan for Dempsey one-for-one right mid to striker. It allows us to move Freddy forward to striker and then tuck Donovan back inside at CAM. It still leaves room for another dangerous striker like Altidore, maybe Ching. It gives us a lot of flexibility throughout the lineup and you can bring Bradley, Feilhaber, Clark, or Mastroeni off the bench. Let's not forget that if he needed to (though I wouldn't suggest it) Freddy could still slide out to left mid. I've been trying to think of a solution to this log-jam at center mid for a while and I think rather than forcing players onto the field I think we need to bring back the dangerous attacking midfielder, choose our best of the D-mids. Bench the struggling Feilhaber (and I'm a big fan of his) until he is starting at his club and performing, and decide to play either Bradley or Edu. You know my choice. the limits it places on our substitutions or even for that matter to make on the fly changes is Adu or Dempsey or Donovan is having a poor game. A lot still hinges on the D-mid selection but for the most part you could sub in any midfielder or striker at any time for any player and make it work. The exception would be that D-mid. Also Danny Szetela looked pretty good at right mid against Switzerland. I'm not saying he's a shoe in or a right mid but maybe we should have another look at that. Tell me what you think. We'll see how some of these guys play this week.