Dempsey Injury: A Look at the U.S. Depth Chart

There’s an interesting article over at the NY Times Goal Blog that looks at who will replace Clint Dempsey for the US if he’s not fit for the World Cup. It’s a good piece, but I do take issue with the main premise–Jeffrey Marcus looks at replacement midfielders (Rogers, Holden, and Kljestan), but I feel that Dempsey should be playing forward, where he generally lines up at Fulham. I realize that Bob Bradley won’t play him up top (other than late in the game), and that a healthy Charlie Davies would push him back into the midfield, but it’s pretty obvious to me that he’s much more effective when he lines up at forward, so it’s at least worth mentioning in the discussion of who replaces him.


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