POLL: Who will be Chivas USA’s MVP this season?
CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, March 24, 2011) - With Alejandro Moreno away on international duty with Venezuela, coach Robin Fraser has a decision on his hands. Last weekend Moreno started as the lone striker in a 4-1-4-1 formation. If Fraser decides to use the same formation Saturday against Colorado, he’ll need to pick a new forward to play up top and lead the Goats’ attack. Should he slide someone up from the midfield, or bring in a striker off the bench?
Here’s your chance to play coach- what would you do? Check out the options below and vote for who you think would best replace Moreno this weekend against the Rapids.
The speedy winger made his first MLS appearance for Chivas USA last weekend, coming in as a substitute and providing a spark for the final 20 minutes. He had a great game in Tuesday’s LMU scrimmage as well, finishing with a goal and two assists. He’s playing well at the moment, but is striker really a good position for him, or should he stay on the wing?
There are no questions about the Ecuadorian rookie’s position- he’s clearly a forward. Estupiñan played in Moreno’s lone striker role in the LMU scrimmage, scoring a hat-trick and looking dangerous throughout. He seems like a natural choice, but the defending champion Rapid’s defense will provide a serious test. Is the young forward ready to be a starter in only his second game?
Of all the candidates, Braun is the player who most resembles Moreno in terms of build and style of play. He’s a big forward who can hold up the ball and win headers. He’s also a proven goal scorer in this league, leading the team with 9 goals last season. He played in the midfield last week though, so pushing him up top would mean a significant lineup shuffle.
The creative Argentinean attacker has only been with the team for a few weeks, but he’s obviously adjusting fast. His performance in the season opener earned him praise both from coach Fraser and around the league. Mondaini has experience as a striker too; he played up top for some of his early career in South America.