Do you remember the last time the United States had a good, dependable left back? Probably not, because it has been at least two decades.
Remember David Regis? Well, he was a centerback. Then there was Eddie Lewis — a midfielder. John O’Brien gave it a go, but he was a midfielder, too. Frankie Hejduk was a right back, Jonathan Bornstein was a left back (just not very good), and DaMarcus Beasley tried, but he’s also a midfielder. Right now, Fabian Johnson can do the job, but he likes being on the right. Or in midfield. For 25 years, left back has been a collection of experiments and half-solutions.
Basically, if you’re American and have a left foot, you’ll probably get to try left back. But it’s not actually your position, and you’re not very good at it.
Now, Jurgen Klinsmann is really short on options. There’s still Johnson, but the same problems remain. Greg Garza could do it, but he’s inexperienced, and Brek Shea is … well, he’s Brek Shea.
So what the hell is Klinsmann to do?