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Armchair Analyst: What Matteo Ferrari's imminent signing means for the US Olympic team

14 February 4:58 de la tarde

Armchair Analyst: What Matteo Ferrari's imminent signing means for the US Olympic team

By Matthew Doyle

I thought Andrew Wenger was going to be a central defender. So did Caleb Porter, apparently – the US U-23 coach played Wenger there during January's camp.

And we weren't alone; I'd say a plurality of people in the world of US/Canadian soccer figured Wenger projected as a surefire star in the middle of the defense. He has ideal tools for a young center back – he's skilled, physical, big, strong and quick, a guy cut straight from the Geoff Cameron mold.

But it turns out that Jesse Marsch has different ideas. He played Wenger up top in the rookie's first action last week, coming right out and saying "I like him as a forward." And Wenger himself has said he wants an attacking role.

So when word dropped today that former Italian international central defender Matteo Ferrari was/is about to sign with the Impact, it just crystalized what was already pretty clear: Wenger's not going to be a defender in MLS.

At least, not yet, and not unless something goes "Chris Albright at center forward"-level wrong over the next couple of years.

For the Impact's sake, let's hope that's not in the cards.

For Porter's sake, let's hope Ike Opara can stay healthy and impress. Otherwise, the US central defense could be in a world of hurt come Olympic qualifying time.

In the meantime, enjoy the highlights of Montreal's scoreless draw with the Portland Timbers: