If you’re new to TSG, a few things were fond of over here are fake drafts, hypothetical teams and playing manager.
A few months back, TSG suggested that the MLS All-Stars be broken up with two captains (at the time we suggested Landon and Wayne) picking teams. What a great moment it would be to see Dimitar Berbatov standing all by his lonesome and Rooney looking around with the last pick and no else to take and finally stammering under his breath to Donovan, “Okay, I’ll take ‘em….you got me there.”)
With this idea in mind, TSG writer Brain Mechanick–and expert in running hypothetical player drafts online–and friend of the site Christian, a Manchester United expert and an expert on all things Mexican football, set out to compete (You, the reader, will vote below!) by picking sides from the MLS All-Stars and Sir Alex’s Traveling Circus.
Oh and please vote, there is a little skin in the game for both of them. If Christian wins, Brian has to write a piece for the site why the hated Red Devils will win the EPL this season.
But if Brian wins, Christian has to explain why this will be the year for Mechanick’s beloved Tottenham Hotspur.
The Draft Results: (Brian in Red, Christian in Blue)
1. Landon Donovan
2. Paul Scholes
3. Darren Fletcher
4. Ryan Giggs
6. Edwin Van der Sar
7. Omar Gonzalez
8. Jonny Evans
9. Javier Hernandez
10. Sebastien Le Toux
12. Kevin Alston
13. Wilman Conde
14. Marco Pappa
15. Darron Gibson
16. Federico Macheda
17. Jonathan Bornstein
18. Chad Marshall
19. Dimitar Berbatov
20. John O’Shea
21. Donovan Ricketts
22. Jeff Larentowicz
Christian’s Team: Patriots United
Allow me to introduce to everyone Patriots United, the best team ever assembled between Manchester United and the MLS All-Stars.
Patriots United will be playing 4-2-3-1, and at goalkeeper, there’s no better option here than Van Der Sar, his credentials speak for themselves. There are four men at the back; Kevin Alston and John O´Shea provide the explosiveness needed as the right and left backs of the team. Alston has tireless efforts going forward up the pitch and O´Shea has the experience needed to control the movements of his marker. Evans and Marshall will provide the perfect partnership as the center backs of the team, both have youth and experience and aren’t shy to provide the toughness needed.
In midfield the team has the perfect holding player in Larentowicz, a well-rounded midfielder who will destroy the other team’s attacks. Alongside him (with license to move forward) will be Paul Scholes, playing deeper linking the midfield with his enormous experience and goalscoring ability. In front of the holding midfielders is Marco Pappa, the Guatemalan playmaker who has the talent needed to exploit the spaces left, capable of taking the ball and win the game single-handedly if needed, controlling perfectly the flow of the game and passing to the moving wingers.
Le Toux is the right winger, and with his creativity and pace he can either stay wide or cut to the middle. On the left wing is Ryan Giggs, who plays deeper than he used to but still knows perfectly how to play in the other team’s spaces.
As a lone forward will be Kiko Macheda, who has the ability to hold the ball or the explosiveness to lead the counter-attack.
This team is the best that could have been assembled, has it all, pace, explosiveness, intelligence, tactical discipline, defensive experience, certainly a tough day for whoever stands against them.
Brian’s Team: Red Star B-Mac
My squad, Red Star B-Mac, takes the best of MLS and Manchester United, and combines them into one super-squad.
Red Star is built around a philosophy of dynamic attacking. Dimitar Berbatov leads the line, playing with his back to the goal to hold up possession and distribute. Slightly off him is the dynamic Mexican, Javier “Chícharito” Hernandez. As his cracking goal versus Argentina showed, when dropped off a ball, Hernandez can do something special on the shot.
Two dynamic wingers are going to give the opposition nightmares, as Nani attacks on the right wing and Landon Donovan the left. Look for Nani to send in some great crosses to Berbatov, while LD cuts in to the right.
The central midfielders hold down the fort with bit of flair. The Scot Darren Fletcher and Irishman Darron Gibson are similar players, both 6’0” box-to-box midfielders that can take possession.
At defense there is a philosophy: dynamic fullbacks and big strong center-halves. Rafael and Jonathan Bornstein have pace and creativity going forward, and create the width to allow Nani and Donovan to cut inside as they please. In the middle I have the two best center backs in MLS, Omar Gonzalez and Wilman Conde. At 6’5” and 6’2” respectively, they can not only shut down the game in the air, but also shut down forwards with the best of them. With Donovan Ricketts in goal, who has transformed the Galaxy’s defense from worst to best in MLS in just two years, don’t expect any goals to get by this defense.