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Deep Trouble

By SoundersNerd June 9, 2009


Okay, okay, we get too many red cards; we gotta stop arguing with the ref; and Montero is a prima donna. I understand all that. But here’s the hard truth:



Those things wouldn't be killing us if we had a deep bench. I'd even settle for a slightly deeper bench. Four good guys off the bench? That's just not going to get you there. We have 15 or so truly decent players; but with red cards and injuries, we're fielding players #16, 17 and 18, and the skill drops precipitously. 

Furthermore, we have evidently four good defenders—three of them stellar, Hurtado, Marshall, and Riley. But we've been relying on defenders #5, 6 and 7 (Sturgis, Wahl and Ianni). With repeated juggling and public hesitations, Coach Sigi has all but said they're not up to speed. 

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We need a deeper team; you can't rely on a half team alone for a whole season. They were magic for the first 5 or 6 games (when did we start to suck?), then reality -injuries, and red cards- started setting in. 

As I said, we need at least three other reliable defenders. But it gets worse: We need three minimum mid-fielders so Ljungberg’s and Alsonso’s or Zakuani’s absence won’t mean we're fated to lose. Two more quality forwards would at the very least make Fredy work in order to start.

The red cards have gone beyond ridiculous to just extremely frustrating. With the ejections and injuries mounting, and our unimpressive sub pool—notable exceptions (Le Toux, Evans), we're stuck with... who?  what? where?  It's a simple sink or swim scenario, and we have some sinkers.
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