U.S. men's team

Onyewu's injury exposes lack of depth in U.S. defense

October 19, 2009
By Steve Davis
Eight months from the World Cup, U.S. coach Bob Bradley's list of worries might be moving in the wrong direction, growing instead of shrinking.

Oguchi Onyewu's injury has further exposed a back line that was just OK to begin with. To put a finer point on it, injuries to the big fellow and to reliable understudy Jay DeMerit have created pressure at center back. And that's unfortunate, because the central defense was just recently a position of relative strength.

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