Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Attack-minded Bornstein the best left back
by Ridge Mahoney, December 2nd, 2010 1:29AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] Soccer America's position-by-position rankings for the 2010 season continue as Ridge Mahoney rates the league's top left backs.

The left-back position resembled a dead zone for many teams this season; they couldn’t seem to find consistently capable options. MLS Cup champion Colorado wasn’t immune; it used several players in that slot during the season and so did a few other teams.

Here’s our assessment of the top left backs in 2010, taking into consideration their performances in regular-season games and playoffs, where applicable.

Soccer America's Top 10 MLS left backs for 2010
1. JONATHAN BORNSTEIN (CHIVAS USA)
2. Jair Benitez (FC Dallas)
3. Chris Wingert (Real Salt Lake)
4. Todd Dunivant (Los Angeles)
5. Roy Miller (New York)
6. Leo Gonzalez (Seattle)
7. Ramiro Corrales (San Jose)
8. Michael Harrington (Kansas City)
9. Mike Chabala (Houston)
10. Jordan Harvey (Philadelphia)

Tasked with a lot of extra duty this season, including the World Cup, Jonathan Bornstein played centrally as well as on the left as Chivas USA tried to sort out its problems. He missed a lot of time (21 games, 17 starts), which certainly contributed to Chivas USA’s poor season and the dismissal of Coach Martin Vasquez. His energy, drive and poise earned him a transfer to Mexican club UNAL Tigres, he might be more dangerous offensively in Mexico.

Jair Benitez would play left mid for a lot of teams, so sharp is he attacking up the left flank and serving balls into the box. He does his defensive work, too, aided by good speed and deceptive strength. Other players take the publicity at Real Salt Lake, but Chris Wingerthas been a vital contributor the past three seasons.

Todd Dunivant is one of the league’s reliables: capable defensively, good left foot, solid tackler, long throw-in. Roy Miller is not as physical as Benitez but keeps his corner secure and plays effective balls up the flank.

Leo Gonzalez commits more fouls (40) than maybe he should but can be very tough to beat. Ramiro Corrales played well when healthy, he missed 10 games and often gave way to Bobby Convey. Michael Harrington also played midfield and is one of the more aggressive outside backs in the league. His recovery speed is remarkable. Mike Chabala took over the starting job when Wade Barrett retired to become an assistant coach; he hit some rough spells. Jordan Harvey is extremely quick and could be an important cog as the Union goes forward from its expansion season.

2010 Top Goalkeepers

2010 Top Right Backs


2010 Top Central Defenders



1 comment
  1. David Huff
    commented on: December 2, 2010 at 5:22 p.m.
    I actually like Bornstein but Team Bradley as a whole leaves a lot to be desired.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Countdown: Vanney gives TFC reminder    
Toronto FC waited through many seasons and head coaches before finally reaching the playoffs last year. ...
Bundesliga 2016-17: Half the teams have a U.S. player    
From age 17 to 28, from newly promoted RB Leipzig to four-time defending champion Bayern Munich, ...
WCQ Callups: USA battles injuries and suspensions    
The roster for the U.S. national team's World Cup 2018 qualifiers against St. Vincent & the ...
NWSL: Olympians back in fold, mostly    
Off for 26 days because of the Olympics -- except for one make-up game -- the ...
What They're Saying: Laura Harvey    
"It's about someone’s livelihood. It’s about their career. Irrelevant of what the decision is and who ...
What They're Saying: Alex Morgan    
"The players don't control any of the consequences that happen, that are enforced by U.S. Soccer. ...
TV Report: MLS and NFL to air joint lineup    
On Sept. 18, Fox Sports will air two live MLS matches -- Sporting Kansas City-LA Galaxy ...
MLS Countdown: Timbers' health improving    
Cascadia Cup rivals Seattle and Portland meet Sunday at Providence Park for the second time in ...
WCQ Callups: T&T goes heavy on U.S.-based players    
Nine U.S.-based players -- five in MLS, three in the USL and one in the NASL ...
Video Pick: And the winner is ... Messi    
Add 2015-16 UEFA Goal of the Season to Lionel Messi's large collection of honors. His goal ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives