Bryan Jordan Fills in at Right Back
Bryan Jordan is one of the
LA Galaxy's more athletic players, a speedy, 5-foot-8, 155-pounder who is known
for his quick forays into opposing territory.
But as a right back?
It may take getting used to,
but if the Galaxy's injuries continue to cause their current rate of personnel
reshuffling, it could be the norm. The 24-year-old, normally a forward played
the last 47 minutes on the right side of the Galaxy back line in last
Saturday's 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake in place of Sean Franklin, who was
lost with a sprained left ankle.
Jordan said he even liked it, and
it wasn't just because it marked his 2010 season debut.
"It wasn't too bad,
who is in his third-year with the Galaxy, said with a grin after training on
Tuesday. "It got my confidence up. I'm sad because my buddy Sean went down
with an injury, but (head coach) Bruce (Arena) has the confidence in me to get
me in there at right back.
"I felt good out
Jordan isn't exactly a stranger to
defense -- he briefly played there in the second half of a 2-0 loss to the
Columbus Crew last Oct. 26 -- and occasionally spends time there during
intrasquad games. His semiofficial debut at right back was during a 3-0 victory
over the Ventura County Fusion in a scrimmage late last week.
Veteran left back Todd
Dunivant said he was impressed with Jordan's emergency performance last
"Bryan came in and did a great job,"
Dunivant said. "He's next to Omar (Gonzalez) and Omar was able to help him
out, but he didn't need much help. He's a third-year pro now, he's ready for it
and he proved that.
"That's what you have
to have on good teams. When guys go down somebody is able to step up. You've
seen that already this year with us. Sean going down, Gregg (Berhalter) going
down, Dema (Kovalenko) going down ... guys have filled in. I heard Salt Lake
whining a lot about having guys injured, but I don't know if they looked at our
injured list. I think we might have them beat.
"It's part of the game.
There are going to be injuries and you've got to have guys that can step up for
us. Bryan did a
great job. That's another player Bruce has seen as being a versatile guy. He
can play in midfield, up front or right back.
"That only helps his
stock. He's that much more valuable to our team now."
Jordan said the biggest problem
with the new position was the mindset. He admitted he is an attacking player
and he had to be careful not to try and force the action.
"I guess every
attacking player thinks about that a little bit," he said. "I didn't
want to sit back, basically, but I knew I had to pick my spots. It was nice
just to get out there and get a feel for the game and know I was contributing
to the team.
"It felt good."
Jordan said he could grow to
liking the new position, if it comes to that. But not without a reservation or
"I am an attacking
player," he repeated with a smile. "But I am trying to get on the
field, and I'll do anything to get out there. And if it comes to that, I could