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USMNT right back injury updates
   March 20, 2014 (7:00 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

The right back position for the USMNT has been an interesting spot over the last year.

Steve Cherundolo had locked down the position for years, but he officially announced his retirement yesterday.  While Cherundolo has been battling knee issues over the last year, Brad Evans and Geoff Cameron have received most of the starts at the position.

The next guys on the depth chart after those two are likely Eric Lichaj and Timothy Chandler, but both of them are going through some injury issues at the moment.

For Timothy Chandler, his World Cup prospects likely took a big hit as Nurnberg manager Gertjan Verbeek told the press this week that Chandler is likely done for the season with his knee injury.

As for Eric Lichaj, he underwent double hernia surgery this week and no exact timetable has been set for his return.

“We are hoping that Eric will feature before the end of season,” Forest press officer Ben White told on Wednesday.

If I were a betting man, I doubt you will see either in a US jersey come June.

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7 Responses to “USMNT right back injury updates”

  1. Chris says:

    Maybe we’ll see Spector get another shot

  2. Dirk says:

    No Spector, please no. This is what will happen.

    Geoff Cameron will be the RB in Brazil. Write it down in ink, but make sure you have a pen eraser handy just in case.

    Brad Evans…. meh, maybe makes the roster. Fabian Johnson can also play RB and has played there of late in Germany. It is what it is. The whole backline is what it is.

    I know most people see Deandre Yedlin as more of a 2018 guy, but anyone think he could be a dark horse with all these injuries? He at least has the speed, right? Or is his defending not close to being good enough? Haven’t watched him enough to form a comment.

  3. Todd T says:

    I don’t know….been watching/following for years but I can remember him actually playing an entire season without injury. Which I think is the main reason he fell off the radar(like Simek, Whitbred, Lichaj)

  4. Jerry says:

    Unfortunate, Lichaj was a stud for Forrest and I thought he had progressed enough that he would be our answer at RB allowing the Cameron/Besler pairing at CB. Alas, the injury bug strikes again.

    If Cameron goes down, the entire squad would blow up given how many positions he covers for Jurgen.

  5. Jeffrey says:

    Am I going out on a limb here in saying I don’t see us “building from the back” come time to set the WC roster?

  6. daniil says:

    Yedlin has looked better defending than going forward this year. His game is not precise enough yet, crosses not accurate, not closing down out wide soon enough, details like that. He is very close, though. If the world cup was in 2015, he’d be ready by then.

    And yes, we will build from the back, because we have michael bradley, who is an incredible facilitator of such operation.

  7. William says:

    Why has Chad Marshall never gotten a serious look from Klins? Puzzling really…

    4th Highest Rated CB in MLS last year…hasn’t gotten a sniff since 2010. I guess I’m in the minority but I think he is worlds better than Omar Gonzalez.

    How did Opara play against Cruz Azul? I didn’t get to watch the game.

    Some young MLS players that seem to be progressing nicely in this early season…


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