First off, here is my notebook and sports intern Aaron Reiss' gamer from Minnesota United's 0-0 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Now for a little more from Justin Davis. Davis, one of the North American Soccer League holdovers, has struggled for playing time most of this season. But with United's defensive depletions recently, he's been playing more, especially out of position.
Against Houston, he started off at his usual left-back. But when center-back Joe Greenspan went down about halfway through the first half with a broken nose and possible concussion, Davis shifted to center-back while Ish Jome came on at left-back.
Davis said this is the first time in his career he's seen so much shifting along the back-line because of injuries or absences.
"It's something new. I’ve never experienced it. But you know, the next guy just steps up," Davis said. "Ish is doing well when he’s coming in there at left-back. I’m your center-back. We’ll go with it. I think, we got a shutout today, one goal against Columbus, one goal against Atlas. So, we’re doing all right."
Coach Adrian Heath said he thought Davis did better playing out of position at center-back than he did at left-back. But Davis wasn't so sure he agreed.
"I prefer to be left-back, but I’m still learning the ins and outs of the center-back game, and it’s a lot different," Davis said. "I think defensively, you’re able to read the game a little bit easier. But what I struggle with is with the ball at my feet. It’s a new spot, new decisions to be made. I’m still working on that."
Davis might have to get used to it quickly, though, because with Joe Greenspan likely out for Saturday's 3 p.m. match against the New York Red Bulls, Davis could be called upon again. Unless defender Michael Boxall's international paperwork finally clears, and he is fit to play despite missing several days of practice this week while sorting out his visa and passport.
Check out my Facebook Live below (or click here). Also here's a video from coach Adrian Heath's postmatch presser.
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