Spector or Hedjuk, maybe Dolo? Who’s your RB?

Frankie: Getting up, Standing up

Frankie: Getting up, Standing up

Spector: West Ham-ing it up

Spector: West Ham-ing it up

We’re going to wrap up our other Gooch poll here shortly at TSG, but we’ve got a new one suggested by TSG contributor Eric.

Who’s shutting down the right side for the U.S. right now: Jonathan Spector, Frankie Hedjuk or Steve Cherundolo. Who’s the best option? Will there be a better option in 6 months?

Vote on the right and add your comments below.

TSG thinks Spector will win in a landslide, but let’s see what the fans think.

Note 1: This poll pits brother vs. brother as one of Mark’s favorite USMNT players is Spector and I’ve got Frankie’s back. That being said, I’m fully prepared to throw in the scarf on this one.

Note 2: Frankie’s caption is a reference to Bob Marley’s famous. Perhaps not surprisingly, Hedjuk is huge Marley fan. Because you know, Bob played.

14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by larry on 2009/07/23 at 2:42 AM

    Frankie until Kevin Alston is ready and available


  2. Posted by Wilson on 2009/07/23 at 9:56 AM

    Spector prefers his left foot so why not put him at LB and Captain Carlos and help Gooch, DeMerit is a starter too but the Captain is nearing 30 years old put him in a conservative role that will keep him on the field longer. Spector is like Carlos clone he can play anywhere on the back line. Likely to replace Carlos next to Gooch as a stopper. These guys don’t stay in top form after 30.


  3. Posted by Mike Bauman on 2009/07/23 at 11:04 AM


    Spector can not play anywhere on the back line. Having him at RB will exploit attacking positions up the pitch. His crossing ability from the wing back position is what helped US get into the Confederation cup final.


    • Posted by Wilson on 2009/07/24 at 7:01 AM

      That cross to Dempsey in the Brazil game came from … his left foot


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2009/07/24 at 9:15 AM

        No kidding — great observation. I didn’t know Spector but that in with his left — even more impressive.


  4. Posted by Mark on 2009/07/23 at 11:40 AM

    IMHO Frankie gets the nod due to his tremendous work rate and his leadership qualities. Spector and Cherundelo have great futures but we need the experience and fire that Frankie brings with him.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2009/07/23 at 12:27 PM

      Oh wow — I’m a huge Frankie fan, but with Spector playing at a high level now and with the competition he’ll face at West Ham, plus his ability to provide service into the box (something the U.S. is in short supply on), I give him the lead role right.

      Frankie is great on overlapping runs, hustle and being on the receiving side of that service, but he really needs to play against better competition to get himself ready.

      I’m a Frankie fan, but 51 % for Spector, 49% for Frankie right now.


  5. Posted by Bond, James Bond on 2009/07/23 at 5:43 PM

    Spector; because Frankie will be yet another year older come next summer…… and Jon has a lot of potential still untapped. No brainer.


  6. Posted by M on 2009/07/23 at 6:03 PM

    Frankie Hejduk


  7. Posted by B.T. on 2009/07/23 at 8:05 PM



  8. Posted by John G. on 2009/07/23 at 9:38 PM

    It has to be Hedjuk for the time being. He is very focused and this will most likely be his last World Cup. Spector is a worthy successor but for the time being the starting spot is Frankie’s


    • Posted by Wilson on 2009/08/02 at 2:47 AM

      Where is Robbie Rogers on the most improved stock. He was not an option before the gold cup… Cooper was too.


  9. Posted by Wilson on 2009/08/02 at 2:45 AM

    Frankie is the ideal fullback. but he is old. I think he will be fine for next year. Dolo, on the other hand looked like a solid player but nothing special. Spector belongs on the other side. if you have Boca and Spector as fullbacks then defense is good but the attacking support is a huge problem. no one to make overlapping runs


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