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From 2009-11, the U.S. struggled to find a reliable left-back as it rotated Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein and Eric Lichaj through the Confederations Cup, World Cup and Gold Cup. Bocanegra was no longer fast enough to be truly effective out wide, Bornstein always struggled in 1 v. 1 battles and Lichaj is naturally right-footed.
Now, with Fabian Johnson and DaMarcus Beasley giving the U.S. two solid options on the left, right-back has become the unresolved position. However, unlike the left-back issue from the U.S.’ past, the U.S. currently has plenty of options at right-back. The problem lies in that there is no clear depth at the position.
Brad Evans deputized well at the position over the summer with Steve Cherundolo and Timmy Chandler both out due to knee injuries. Cherundolo is still recovering while Chandler has had up-and-downs at the club level and his commitment to the U.S. is still questioned by many fans.
Geoff Cameron plays right-back for Stoke regularly, but struggled against Belgium last summer at right-back and hasn’t seen time there since. Michael Parkhurst is a good enough option, but cannot be expected to be in top form when he rarely even makes the gameday squad for his club.
DeAndre Yedlin is young and inexperienced, Jonathan Spector plays regularly as a midfielder for Birmingham and Klinsmann seems to have forgotten that Eric Lichaj exists. Michael Orozco remains another option and did start against Costa Rica, but his performance against the Ticos was certainly less than confidence-inspiring.
With at least nine options to choose from, Klinsmann needs to start making some decisions now.