Soccer website calls Rapids defender Chris Klute the best U.S. left back
As far as I know, Colin Reese (@ColinReese) is not related to Colorado Rapids defender Chris Klute. Reese doesn't work for the Rapids, or the U.S. Men's National Team. Reese is the sole writer for WorldSoccerSource.com, and over the weekend he wrote a story on Klute that could open some eyes.
Against D.C. United on Sunday, Klute started for the 16th straight game at left back. Long-time fans of the team know how unique that stat is. That's the longest consecutive streak of starts in that position since Jordan Harvey started the first 16 games at left back in 2009. Harvey, who started 30 games that year, was left unprotected following that season and selected by Philadelphia with the first pick in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft.
Since Harvey's departure, the left back position has been a revolving door. From 2010-2013, the following players have all started regular season matches on the left side of the backline: Danny Earls, Anthony Wallace, Scott Palguta, Miguel Comminges, Hunter Freeman, Luiz Zapata, Drew Moor, and Brian Mullan.
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Mullan, in fact, started the first four matches out there this year. But during a match in LA on March 23, after center back Diego Calderon went out injured, Mullan moved over to the right, Marvell Wynne went from the right back to the middle, and Klute made his season debut on the left side. And he has rarely come off the field since, starting and finishing 14 of 16 - and leading the team with five assists.
In the weekend story, which you can read BY CLICKING HERE, Reese makes a case for Klute as the best U.S. left back and ponders when U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will call him in.
Rapids fans know Klute's story. Discovered by former U.S. great Eric Wynalda on the reserves of NASL side, the Atlanta Silverbacks, Klute was given a chance on the first team and then loaned to the Rapids late last year. He's a former U.S. U-17 player who had previously been cut by the Rapids during a trial in 2009. But he's persevered and now finds himself anchoring the left back spot on an MLS team - and gaining recognition.
What do you think of Reese's article? What do you think of Klute's play? Is Klute a future All-Star, or left back for the U.S. Men's National Team?