Thursday, August 05, 2010

What's the 411 (on Betu)?


There seems to be alot of questions regarding the newly-signed Roberto "Betu" Linck. Personally, know I definitely had some. So, naturally, I did what any curious mind would probably do: ask someone who knows.*

(*Am I the only one who thought that bringing back Squire Fridell - you know, that middle-aged, white-haired guy - for the Toyota ads was genius? Although his hair has grayed significantly since the early-90s, is there anyone who could impart the kind of goodwill that Toyota needs in the wake of its recall disaster?)

I contacted Irvine Valley College men's soccer coach Martin McGrogan, who knows a thing or two about the man they call Betu. You'll probably pick up on the fact that McGrogan is pretty effusive in his praise for his former charge.

On Linck's strengths:
"The most striking attributes of his game was his technical ability. He could beat opponents so easily, he often would more than once."

On his role on the field:
"He would often start as withdrawn forward, at the young age of barely 18. He had a tendency to sometimes overdo it. On other occasions we would play him wide and try to isolate him one on one with the outside back. In either position, it was obvious he had outstanding potential."

On why he played in 2006 and 2008, but had to skip the 2007 season:
"Although originally from Brazil, Betu came to us from Utah. Either way, he had to pay International fees and for all his other expenses. Finances meant he was unable to play (for us) the following year (2007).

Apparently, Betu's quite comforable in either a 4-4-2 or a 3-5-2:
"IVC often play 4-4-2 with the understanding that on any given match day, we may have to adjust to 3-5-2. I am confident he will be delighted to play in any role the coaching staff ask of him."

Coach McGrogan also went on to say that, "technically (Betu's) very good, but (he's) probably better on the right."

So there you have it. I suspect Stevie Nicol will likely utilize him as a late-match sub, putting him on the right to spell Sainey Nyassi, or a inserting him as a withdrawn forward/attacking mid in a 4-3-1-2 formation when playing with a deficit.

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