Fred? Ben. Ben? Fred.
I asked Ben Olsen today about Fred -- his initial opinion of the Brazilian, how he will fit in and whether Fred's inevitable move to the starting lineup will shift Olsen back into defensive midfield.
"At first look, he's a very good soccer player. He's a typical Brazilian -- very good on the ball, very composed and so far he seems to fit in very well with the team, both in personality and on the field clicking with the guys. It's still early and we're all interested to see how it works out when we spread out the field and play a big game -- and in Mexico that will give us a good chance to see how it goes."
"I'm not sure what the story is [with the position]. I'll leave that up to the coaching staff. I trust the coaching staff that they know what they are doing. They know whether we're going to be a better team with me out wide, with me in the middle or with me on the bench. That's something they have to decide and I will act accordingly. ... I had a lot of years out wide, I know the position, but I've had a couple years now in the middle and I feel pretty comfortable in both spots. They demand different things. The one thing is it's always tough to switch. Not necessarily in a game, but in general. You get in your rhythm, especially on the flank. It's nice to play your position consistently, but it really doesn't matter to me. I'll play anywhere they want me."
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