why is club position suddenly gospel? if thats the case adams will be our rwb. and the obvious next question is how could mckennie or musah possibly back up adams (who by that logic isnt the 6), when they on the outside of a 3 man midfield and traditional rm respectively? see, this is what i mean. you cant have completely different standards for different players. you cant have incoherent rules for who can go where, what we change formation for etc. you think the best "backup", or alternative, when adams isnt available is musah or mckennie? thats valid. the two of them as a double pivot? ever better. but thats a matter of adjustments, not depth. ill be happy to give you an argument for yueill after saying this: nothing ive said has necessarily been my opinion or preference- its based on evidence of what berhalter has done. things that have actually happened. when he has had (as close as weve been able to get over the last two years) everyone available we a) play adams at the 6 or b) yueill as a dlp. thats not a prediction and its not something i write on a slip of paper before wishing for with all my heart while placing it gently in my hope chest at night. that is proven. anything other than yueill as the "backup" to adams IS conjecture. but you want an argument FOR that? sure ill humor you. say we need a full a team roster (not split between gc and nl). lets assume (youve got to meet me halfway in wasting my time) a straightforward 3 gks, 4 outside back and at least 4 cbs*. 2 fwds and at least 4 wings/outside mids. that leaves 6 cm spots- but where i need some leeway here is i think we will carry 1 "extra" wing/outside mid (in reyna/aaronson, who can also play as one of the dual 8s)- or possibly an extra cb if berhalter goes all in on 3/5 atb. so, all that matters here is 5 cm spots. we play with dual 8s, presumptive starters mckennie and musah, ahead of a 6 (adams). thats our primary, first choice 11. do we agree on that? can we accept that as anywhere from reasonable to likely? i believe- and think (again, supported by berhalters actions time and time again) lletget is the primary backup at the 8. de la torre made that interesting, but im still giving the edge to lletget at this point. lets call that a mixture of my preference and what berhalters PROVEN preference. gotta take a break here and ask you not to retcon in a time-jump here. i am talking vaguely current-our first set of qualifiers. that leaves 1 spot, which for the umpteenth time ill say is yueill. and the reasoning is very simple if youre not just looking for an argument... who else could it be? bradley, trapp, johnny, acosta, otasowie, durkin, cappis? am i missing anyone who has played as either a 6 or dmid? yueill has played better, and is better, than any of those alternatives. not in theory, not two years from now but in tangible play. evidence we have seen happen. so unless youre arguing for one of those guys who else is there? im asking. because the only argument against what im saying (the reasoning- this is not about being the president of the jackson yueill fan club)- the argument against that is some alternative reality where its yueill vs guys in completely different positions and roles. no dlp vs dmid, but yueill or an extra striker, or cb, or winger. thats the 6th (dedicated) cm spot i believe we wont use. do you think it (the cms on the roster) will be 4 8s and adams as the only player berhalter has ever used at the base of a 3 man midfield? that its either adams or a look weve seen between zero (a 4-2-3-1) and one (5-2-2-1) time? if not, ill ask again- who else possibly fills that 5th cm spots on the roster. i mean, christ, at this point i dont care if you call yueill the 4th keeper. you guys keep asking and keep asking for an answer to a question that is completely made up and changes from post to post. the player on that blank line for "reserve" closest to tyler adams' name is yueill. thats my argument. hes shown to be the best possible option at this time as the deepest lying central midfielder who isnt tyler adams. thats how rosters work- you have your starter, then you have whos next. im done taking questions. think absolutely whatever you want to think.