Since it is really hard to focus on too much NFL related stuff today, you know, because Landan Donovan is a boss and all. I read the "Shutdown Corner" blog on Yahoo! sports, and they created a world cup team with NFL players. Yes, I am about to do the same, exept with Jets players.
Let's keep in mind my soccer knowledge goes about as far as Fifa 10 will allow. Suggestions are more than welcome. I'll use a 4-1-2-1-2 formation (Keeper, 4 defenders, 1 def-mid, 2 wingers, 1 attacking mid, 2 strikers).
Also, I realize that no player on the Jets could actually play soccer at the World Cup Level. Let's assume we've replaced their lifetime of football training for futbol training.
Keeper: Antonio Cromartie - I think you would like a guy who is huge, athletic, and reactive, and Cro has all of those things. He can catch the ball and jump high.
Defenders: Darrelle Revis, Santonio Holmes, David Clowney, Kyle Wilson - I went with speed/footwork here. Revis is an obvious choice because he can run with anyone. Santonio, Clowney have speed to run with any striker.
Defensive Mid: David Harris - He's not exactly the most agile guy in the world, but he would just bully people around. He'll get the tough challenges, and he's got good coverage ability for an ILB.
Wingers: Jim Leonhard, Joe McKnight - Jim would be the perfect guy to get down and dirty and win the ball, then pass it along up-field. My only concerns with McKnight are whether he can run that long without making a mess on the pitch.
Attacking Mid: Mark Sanchez - Again, I'm no expert, but I think you would want a guy with good vision to set people up for goals, yet still be able to make play on you own. The Sanchito can obviously pass the ball, but he's a pretty mobile guy too. He's not a burner, but he's a pretty shifty guy in the pocket. Being Mexican has to give him some natural soccer skills anyway.
Strikers: Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery- Braylon, I think, would be the ideal striker. Size, speed, and plays physical enough. Besides, you don't have to catch the ball!
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Def - Revis Def - Clowney Def - Wilson Def - Holmes
CDM - Harris
LW - McKnight RW - Leonhard
CAM - Sanchez
LS - Cotchery RS - Edwards