Ocegueda is a potential find at left back 

August, 29, 2011
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A Mexican-American playing his soccer south of the border, Juan Pablo Ocegueda is used to adapting his name to the situation.

"Juan, Juan Pablo, JP, even Pacquiao, which they call me here," he says. But there's one thing Ocegueda's called that's more important to the U.S. national team than all those names combined: left back.

The U.S. has struggled for years to find the solution at that position. Interestingly, Mexican club teams are pretty good at developing them. Carlos Salcido has been a world-class left back for years, and Mexican national teams at any level are seldom lacking for talented left-sided defenders. Another Mexican-American, Miguel Ponce, is now starring for Chivas de Guadalajara at the spot. But since he appeared in the Copa America for El Tri, his future is tied to Mexico.


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Brent Latham is a soccer commentator who covers the youth national teams for ESPN.com. Based in Guatemala, he has attended youth World Cups from Peru to Egypt, and places in between.

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