Nov 19, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar (12) during the first half in a friendly soccer match against Chile at Rogers Centre. Brazil won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
- Julio Cesar (Toronto FC)
- Michael Gspurning (Seattle Sounders)
- Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City)
- Donovan Ricketts (Portland Timbers)
If you’re building a squad with gold cards, there’s only one choice: Cesar. If that’s the case, then move on to the next paragraph. But if you’re making a silver squad, finding the right keeper can be a bit tricky. What you’re really looking for in a keeper is height, reflexes, and diving, which gives us the above three choices. Even though their MLS cards remain in the game, if you’re a purist of current rosters, two of these guys aren’t even usable, with Gspurning leaving for Greece and the White Puma retiring. However, Ricketts is a more than suitable replacement, having decent diving and reflexes stats, while also being 6’3″. Rimando just recently got an Inform Card (upgraded version of a player), but FIFA 14 is very unforgiving to keepers with small heights, so no matter how good his stats are for a silver keeper, his 5’10” frame prevents him from being useable (especially for the prices that IFs usually go for).
My Pick: Julio Cesar
Mar 1, 2014; Charleston, SC, USA; D.C. United defender Sean Franklin (5) chases the ball during the second half against the Seattle Sounders FC at Blackbaud Stadium. Seattle Sounders FC and D.C. United tied 2-2. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
- Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy/DC United)
- DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
- Marvell Wynne (Colorado Rapids)
Most fullbacks for MLS in FIFA 14 have nothing but speed, so it’s tempting to just go with Wynne and call it a day. However, if you’re willing to trade in a little bit of pace for upgraded overall stats, DeAndre Yedlin is a good option as well. You can continue this further with upgrading to Franklin.
My Pick: Sean Franklin
Mar 15, 2014; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting KC defender Aurelien Collin (78) celebrates with Sporting KC defender Matt Besler (L) after scoring a goal against FC Dallas in the second half at Sporting Park. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
- Alessandro Nesta (Montreal Impact)
- Aurelien Collin (IF) (Sporting Kansas City)
- Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)
- Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy)
- Aurelien Collin (Sporting Kansas City)
- Jamison Olave (New York Red Bulls)
- Ike Opara (Sporting Kansas City)
This is where we’re starting to get a few more options, and your choices will depend on both your play style and your formation. You’re going to want at least one defender who can sit back, regardless of formation, so the Sporting KC trio of Collin (and his IF), Besler, and Opara are all great choices for this role. Breaking those three guys down even further, you can also decide on whether you want complete defense with Collin, speed with Opara, or a combination of both with Besler. Nesta is also a decent option, but that’s only if you can deal with his lack of pace. For more offensive CBs, both Olave and Gonzalez are the best possibilities, but I think Gonzalez is the better player because of his 6’5″ height and better tackling.
My Picks: Aurelien Collin (IF) and Omar Gonzalez
Oct 19, 2013; Frisco, TX, USA; FC Dallas defender Jair Benitez (5) drives with the ball against the Seattle Sounders FC at Toyota Stadium. Dallas beat Seattle 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
- Jair Benitez (FC Dallas)
- Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo)
Basically the same situation with Right Backs. Do you want more speed with Ashe or better all-around stats with Benitez?
My Pick: Jair Benitez