Traffic in Los Angeles was already going to be a nightmare on Saturday, with the CONCACAF Cup and Dodgers playoff game created a crush downtown and north of the city. But now there's a kicker -- President Barack Obama will also be in town. And anyone who has been in LA when a president (any president) comes to town, they know that the city's traffic comes to a halt as the Secret Service shuts down street after street.
So aside from the obvious warning that if you're going to see the United States take on Mexico at the Rose Bowl, plan on leaving very, very early, this begs the question: what if President Obama is in town to play for the U.S.?
Jurgen Klinsmann hasn't been afraid of surprise call-ups and President Obama would fit the bill. Plus, it's not like the Americans couldn't use some help. But what position would the President play?
The President is left-handed and left-footed, which is a huge boost to a team that could use help on that side of the field. The diamond midfield that Klinsmann figures to play requires whoever plays on the left to pinch in. Considering the President's lack of recent playing time, putting him there might be asking a little too much of his technical ability. Basically any position in the center of the pitch comes with the same problems. And while the U.S. could use some depth up front, Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey are going to get the nods. The President doesn't come off the bench so that's out.
That leaves one spot -- left back.
DaMarcus Beasley is looking like the choice at the position, and his move from the midfield to the back line over the last few years to patch over what has been a problem spot for the U.S. has been admirable, but he's not exactly reliable. He tried to retire from international soccer, only to be dragged back in because the Americans were so short of left backs, but he's been dealing with injuries and it's not like he's incredible there anyway.
A left-footed President can easily step in at left back and get a job done. He fits the spot and at 6'1'', he provides a threat in the air that could come in handy on set pieces. Plus, Jonathan Bornstein played left back for most of the match last time these two teams met at the Rose Bowl so that bar isn't that high.
So it's settled: President Obama will be in LA, making traffic a nightmare, but he will also play left back for the U.S. and beat Mexico.