International Football: If the USMNT Could Field Goalkeepers in Every Position

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International Football: If the USMNT Could Field Goalkeepers in Every Position
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On many international match days, I can be found with a cold beer in my hand enjoying the match with my brother, who is as much of a world football fan as anybody I know.

Often times, when things take a turn for the worst and it becomes agonizingly clear that the U.S. is in for another tough defeat at the hands of the opposition, we try not to take it too hard.

Instead, we laugh and joke at the expense of our boys on the pitch. Tuesday's international friendly against Belgium was no exception.

Late into the match, our frustrations boiled over when my brother exclaimed, "I just don't see why anybody would think that Jozy Altidore is a good striker."

"I know," I replied. "But who would you seriously start instead? The striker isn't exactly America's defining position."

That distinction, as many have pointed out in the past, goes exclusively to America's goalkeepers. Which led to the question: "Wouldn't it be awesome if we could just field keepers in every position?"

"Honestly, I'd take Tim Howard over Jozy Altidore up front any day," he fired back. "At least Timmy has a decent sense of where the goal is half the time."

And thus began hours of musing over which keepers would best fit which positions for USMNT.

If the goalkeeper is truly America's greatest contribution to world football, then why not put that talent to use?

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