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USMNT Depth Chart Series: Centerbacks

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Who do you think is the best?

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Welcome back to the USMNT Depth Chart Poll. We’re taking a poll to find out who everyone believes are the top three players at each position. We want to know who you would take, here and now (assuming everyone is magically healthy), if there was an important game for the United States to win. This isn’t about who we think will be our best in 2022. The chart will undoubtedly change dramatically in those four years as players rise and fall. We’re interested to see where we are now and it’ll be fun to revisit this in the future to see what’s changed.

We started with the goalkeepers, with Zack Steffen leading the way. We then moved on to the right backs, where DeAndre Yedlin dominated the vote for the top spot. Then we looked at the Left Backs where Antonee Robinson commanded the bulk of the votes. Now we’re looking at the centerback position.

Note: This will include 6 polls due to there being usually two centerbacks at a time. So pick your top two with the intention that it would be your preferred centerback pairing. Your number three pick should be who you would want next in line if either of the top two weren’t available or if we wanted to go with a three-centerback lineup. The votes will be weighted to attempt to reflect as best we can the preferences at each position. Also, we only picked players that have featured for their first team within the last year or are believed to be close to playing for their first team. We are not including players that would have to file a one-time switch to play for us or if they are committed to another country. We tried to be as thorough as reasonably possible, but if there is a name that doesn’t appear, please write it in the comments section with the order and the number of “recs” it receives will suffice as votes.

Poll

Who is your choice to be the top USMNT Centerback?

This poll is closed

  • 77%
    John Brooks (25, VFL Wolfsburg)
    (1219 votes)
  • 14%
    Matt Miazga (23, FC Nantes)
    (230 votes)
  • 0%
    Tim Ream (31, Fulham)
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Ike Opara (29, Sporting Kansas City)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Tim Parker (25, New York Red Bulls)
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Cameron Carter-Vickers (20, Swansea City)
    (24 votes)
  • 0%
    Erik Palmer-Brown (21, NAC Breda)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Matt Besler (31, Sporting Kansas City)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Aaron Long (25, New York Red Bulls)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Auston Trusty (20, Philadelphia Union)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Justen Glad (21, Real Salt Lake)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Walker Zimmerman (25, Los Angeles FC)
    (15 votes)
  • 0%
    Mark McKenzie (19, Philadelphia Union)
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Geoff Cameron (33, Queens Park Rangers)
    (18 votes)
  • 0%
    Matt Hedges (28, FC Dallas)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Michael Parkhurst (34, Atlanta United)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ventura Alvarado (26, Necaxa)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Brendan Hines-Ike (23, KV Kortrijk)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Omar Gonzalez (29, Atlas)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Steve Birnbaum (27, DC United)
    (3 votes)
  • 2%
    Chad Marshall (34, Seattle Sounders)
    (36 votes)
  • 0%
    Jonathan Spector (32, Orlando City)
    (2 votes)
1579 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who is your choice for the number 2 USMNT Centerback?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    John Brooks (25, VFL Wolfsburg)
    (198 votes)
  • 72%
    Matt Miazga (23, FC Nantes)
    (1080 votes)
  • 1%
    Tim Ream (31, Fulham)
    (28 votes)
  • 0%
    Ike Opara (29, Sporting Kansas City)
    (13 votes)
  • 0%
    Tim Parker (25, Sporting Kansas City)
    (5 votes)
  • 4%
    Cameron Carter-Vickers (20, Swansea City)
    (66 votes)
  • 0%
    Erik Palmer-Brown (21, NAC Breda)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Matt Besler (31, Sporting Kansas City)
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Aaron Long (25, New York Red Bulls)
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Auston Trusty (20, Philadelphia Union)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Justen Glad (21, Real Salt Lake)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Walker Zimmerman (25, Los Angeles FC)
    (12 votes)
  • 0%
    Mark McKenzie (19, Philadelphia Union)
    (2 votes)
  • 3%
    Geoff Cameron (33, Queens Park Rangers)
    (46 votes)
  • 0%
    Matt Hedges (28, FC Dallas)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Michael Parkhurst (34, Atlanta United)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Ventura Alvarado (26, Necaxa)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Brendan Hines-Ike (23, KV Kortrijk)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Omar Gonzalez (29, Atlas)
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Steve Birnbaum (27, DC United)
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Chad Marshall (34, Seattle Sounders)
    (21 votes)
  • 0%
    Jonathan Spector (32, Orlando City)
    (0 votes)
1498 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who is your choice to be the number 3 USMNT Centerback?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    John Brooks (25, VFL Wolfsburg)
    (23 votes)
  • 8%
    Matt Miazga (23, FC Nantes)
    (128 votes)
  • 13%
    Tim Ream (31, Fulham)
    (191 votes)
  • 1%
    Ike Opara (29, Sporting Kansas City)
    (23 votes)
  • 9%
    Tim Parker (25, New York Red Bulls)
    (132 votes)
  • 41%
    Cameron Carter-Vickers (20, Swansea City)
    (596 votes)
  • 3%
    Erik Palmer-Brown (21, NAC Breda)
    (46 votes)
  • 1%
    Matt Besler (31, Sporting Kansas City)
    (18 votes)
  • 1%
    Aaron Long (25, New York Red Bulls)
    (16 votes)
  • 0%
    Auston Trusty (20, Philadelphia Union)
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    Justen Glad (21, Real Salt Lake)
    (8 votes)
  • 4%
    Walker Zimmerman (25, Los Angeles FC)
    (68 votes)
  • 0%
    Mark McKenzie (19, Philadelphia Union)
    (4 votes)
  • 7%
    Geoff Cameron (33, Queens Park Rangers)
    (113 votes)
  • 0%
    Matt Hedges (28, FC Dallas)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Michael Parkhurst (34, Atlanta United)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Ventura Alvarado (26, Necaxa)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Brendan Hines-Ike (23, KV Kortrijk)
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Omar Gonzalez (29, Atlas)
    (14 votes)
  • 0%
    Steve Birnbaum (27, DC United)
    (7 votes)
  • 1%
    Chad Marshall (34, Seattle Sounders)
    (26 votes)
  • 0%
    Jonathan Spector (32, Orlando City)
    (1 vote)
1432 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who is your choice to be the number 4 USMNT Centerback?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    John Brooks (25, VFL Wolfsburg)
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    Matt Miazga (23, FC Nantes)
    (23 votes)
  • 11%
    Tim Ream (31, Fulham)
    (153 votes)
  • 1%
    Ike Opara (29, Sporting Kansas City)
    (22 votes)
  • 8%
    Tim Parker (25, New York Red Bulls)
    (114 votes)
  • 30%
    Cameron Carter-Vickers (20, Swansea City)
    (402 votes)
  • 17%
    Erik Palmer-Brown (21, NAC Breda)
    (228 votes)
  • 1%
    Matt Besler (31, Sporting Kansas City)
    (16 votes)
  • 2%
    Aaron Long (25, New York Red Bulls)
    (29 votes)
  • 0%
    Auston Trusty (20, Philadelphia Union)
    (12 votes)
  • 1%
    Justen Glad (21, Real Salt Lake)
    (16 votes)
  • 8%
    Walker Zimmerman (25, Los Angeles FC)
    (119 votes)
  • 0%
    Mark McKenzie (19, Philadelphia Union)
    (7 votes)
  • 8%
    Geoff Cameron (33, Queens Park Rangers)
    (117 votes)
  • 0%
    Matt Hedges (28, FC Dallas)
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Michael Parkhurst (34, Atlanta United)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ventura Alvarado (26, Necaxa)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Brenda Hines-Ike (23, KV Kortrijk)
    (8 votes)
  • 1%
    Omar Gonzalez (29, Atlas)
    (22 votes)
  • 0%
    Steve Birnbaum (27, DC United)
    (12 votes)
  • 1%
    Chad Marshall (34, Seattle Sounders)
    (22 votes)
  • 0%
    Jonathan Spector (32, Orlando City)
    (1 vote)
1336 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who is your choice to be the number 5 USMNT Centerback?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    John Brooks (25, VFL Wolfsburg)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Matt Miazga (23, FC Nantes)
    (6 votes)
  • 13%
    Tim Ream (31, Fulham)
    (154 votes)
  • 2%
    Ike Opara (29, Sporting Kansas City)
    (35 votes)
  • 10%
    Tim Parker (25, New York Red Bulls)
    (122 votes)
  • 10%
    Cameron Carter-Vickers (20, Swansea City)
    (128 votes)
  • 22%
    Erik Palmer-Brown (21, NAC Breda)
    (264 votes)
  • 2%
    Matt Besler (31, Sporting Kansas City)
    (28 votes)
  • 2%
    Aaron Long (25, New York Red Bulls)
    (34 votes)
  • 2%
    Auston Trusty (20, Philadelphia Union)
    (26 votes)
  • 2%
    Justen Glad (21, Real Salt Lake)
    (35 votes)
  • 11%
    Walker Zimmerman (25, Los Angeles FC)
    (140 votes)
  • 1%
    Mark McKenzie (19, Philadelphia Union)
    (14 votes)
  • 7%
    Geoff Cameron (33, Queens Park Rangers)
    (90 votes)
  • 1%
    Matt Hedges (28, FC Dallas)
    (12 votes)
  • 0%
    Michael Parkhurst (34, Atlanta United)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Ventura Alvarado (26, Necaxa)
    (6 votes)
  • 2%
    Brendan Hines-Ike (23, KV Kortrijk)
    (30 votes)
  • 1%
    Omar Gonzalez (29, Atlas)
    (16 votes)
  • 1%
    Steve Birnbaum (27, DC United)
    (13 votes)
  • 1%
    Chad Marshall (34, Seattle Sounders)
    (19 votes)
  • 0%
    Jonathan Spector (32, Orlando City)
    (0 votes)
1177 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who is your choice to be the number 6 USMNT Centerback?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    John Brooks (25, VFL Wolfsburg)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Matt Miazga (23, FC Nantes)
    (3 votes)
  • 8%
    Tim Ream (31, Fulham)
    (99 votes)
  • 3%
    Ike Opara (29, Sporting Kansas City)
    (36 votes)
  • 10%
    Tim Parker (25, New York Red Bulls)
    (122 votes)
  • 3%
    Cameron Carter-Vickers (20, Swansea City)
    (43 votes)
  • 19%
    Erik Palmer-Brown (21, NAC Breda)
    (218 votes)
  • 3%
    Matt Besler (31, Sporting Kansas City)
    (38 votes)
  • 4%
    Aaron Long (25, New York Red Bulls)
    (47 votes)
  • 4%
    Auston Trusty (20, Philadelphia Union)
    (49 votes)
  • 5%
    Justen Glad (21, Real Salt Lake)
    (60 votes)
  • 12%
    Walker Zimmerman (25, Los Angeles FC)
    (146 votes)
  • 2%
    Mark McKenzie (19, Philadelphia Union)
    (29 votes)
  • 6%
    Geoff Cameron (33, Queens Park Rangers)
    (68 votes)
  • 1%
    Matt Hedges (28, FC Dallas)
    (22 votes)
  • 0%
    Michael Parkhurst (34, Atlanta United)
    (7 votes)
  • 1%
    Ventura Alvarado (26, Necaxa)
    (18 votes)
  • 3%
    Brendan Hines-Ike (23, KV Kortrijk)
    (41 votes)
  • 2%
    Omar Gonzalez (29, Atlas)
    (27 votes)
  • 2%
    Steve Birnbaum (27, DC United)
    (26 votes)
  • 1%
    Chad Marshall (34, Seattle Sounders)
    (20 votes)
  • 0%
    Jonathan Spector (32, Orlando City)
    (4 votes)
1124 votes total Vote Now

The voting will be over at 12:00 PM on Saturday, October 13th. Hit the comment section to discuss your picks.