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2010 World Cup Roster Projections — Defenders

In part three of our series on roster projections, it’s time to turn attention to the defense.  And from the outset, I’ll admit that the statistics on goals and assists are less valuable here — a point I’ve made in defense of Onyewu in the past.  But I still believe that (a) it doesn’t hurt to look at even the basic stats for defenders and (b) that it is interesting.  Besides, defender is the only position where we have a clear-cut battle for one spot between two guys:  nine guys with legitimate, long-standing claims to spots on the squad, we’re probably only taking eight, and #8 and #9 are both at the same position: left back.

As always, the ranks from Yanks Abroad and ESPN are provided.  The data itself is compiled from ussoccer.com.

Player Y.A. ESPN 09-min 09-G 09-A BB-min BB-G BB-A
Oguchi Onyewu 1 4 810 0 1 2580 4 2
Carlos Bocanegra 1 5 610 1 0 2350 5 1
Jay DeMerit 8 9 470 0 0 977 0 0
Jonathan Spector 10 10 540 0 2 1029 0 2
Steve Cherundolo 10 17 152 0 1 1128 1 3
Frankie Hejduk 17 16 270 1 1 837 2 1
Danny Califf 17 18 180 0 0 658 0 0
Heath Pearce 17 26 330 0 1 1617 0 4
Jonathan Bornstein 28 19 452 0 0 1510 1 0
Edgar Castillo 24 31 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chad Marshall 31 32 180 0 0 180 0 0
Zak Whitbread 24   0 0 0 0 0 0
Frank Simek 31   0 0 0 226 0 0
Marvell Wynne 31   180 0 0 270 0 0

 

At the top of the list, there aren’t any surprises.  Onyewu and Bocanegra go, it’s a given.  DeMerit is the highest-ranked player not to have scored or assisted on a goal.  The only other player who is among the top ‘in contention’ is Danny Califf.  (We’re not holding it against DeMerit or Califf.  That’s not why they’re on the field.)

Surprise omission is Jimmy Conrad whose 8 starts, 685 minutes, and goal were apparently not enough to earn him even a cursory mention.  Which is a bit surprising considering Edgar Castillo made the list.  We’ll chalk that up to position scarcity.

Ultimately though, the only real battle that we foresee is for LB:  Pearce, Bornstein, and Castillo are all ranked one after the other.  And if we assume Bob takes eight defenders, only one of them can go.  This is going to get interesting, unless Pearce just explodes in the Gold Cup and gets himself a good, starting gig somewhere.

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  1. wjmooner
    July 15, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    No battle at LB because the drop from Boca to the rest is so much greater than the drop from Boca to DeMerit that Boca has to start at LB. Hoping Whitbread moves up the Prem. and gets good minutes this year.

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