Everyone knows about the concerns with the Centerback depth (or lack there of) on the US National Team. Unfortunately, there’s some additional problems now. First choice fullbacks Fabian Johnson (LB) and Steve Cherundolo (RB) are currently nursing injuries. Reports state that Steve’s seem more serious as he’s missed the past 3 matches for his club, Hannover 96.
With the Honduras game less than a week away, this is not great timing. What should Coach K do? Well, that depends on who he intends to go with at CB. Let’s play out some scenarios here.
Right back: Cherundolo has missed several weeks of actions however, rumor has it that Chandler will indeed accept a call up for this game which will also lock him to the USMNT. I think Parkhurst can be the back up and they could even move Cameron here since he’s playing that with Stoke City. However, that’s not ideal as it would compromise the offense.
Centerback: Who’s going to start? The Canada friendly didn’t give us enough material to judge who was better. Could we see Ream called in as a backup now that he’s playing for his club again? The general consensus is that Besler might have has a slightly better game due to his ability to distribute the ball. I think Cameron – Bocanegra will be the starters most likely.
Leftback: Johnson’s injury doesn’t seem as serious as Cherundolo’s so there’s more optimism that he’ll be ready to go. If not, I think there’s a good chance Castillo gets the start with Parkhurst as a back up or maybe someone like Eric Lichaj who can play both positions.