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Who Would Make The Philadelphia Eagles World Cup Team?

For the next month or so, the world’s best soccer teams will compete for the world cup. Although the NFL is a completely different type of football, that doesn’t mean the NFL athletes couldn’t compete on the pitch, these are some of the world’s best athletes after all. If the Eagles had a team in the world cup, here is who would make the starting roster.

 

Goalkeeper: Connor Barwin

Although it is wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah as one of tallest players on the Eagles roster at 6’7 who also has good hands, it takes more than height to be a good goalie. Last season, Barwin lead the league in batted passes, not too mention he is pretty fast as he runs a 4.47-sec 40-yard yard dash. He’s also 6’4, it’s not like he’s extremely short. 

 

Defenders: 

LB-Brandon Boykin

RB-Cary Williams

CB- DeMeco Ryans

CB- Mychal Kendricks

 

The Eagles are going to need some good size, physicality, and leadership on the back end. Boykin and Williams are the fast, physical guys on the outside, while Ryans and Kendricks add some good size on the inside to defend those corner kicks.Kendricks had a 39.5-inch vertical jump at his combine while Ryans had a 39-inch vertical. All these players also give good speed even though they may be a bit bigger.

 

Midfielders:

DM: Zach Ertz

DM: Marcus Smith

CM: Jeremy Maclin

RM: Jordan Matthews

LM: Riley Cooper

 

At defensive mid Zach Ertz and Marcus Smith are almost a perfect tandem, both are team players that are able to make the defensive play. Both are big enough to play defense, but are fast enough and have the mind set to play offense.

At attacking mid, the top three wide receivers on the Eagles roster will make quite a team. Cooper may be underrated, but when a play is needed, he will be there, not to mention he gives the Eagles some size in the box on the corner kick. Matthews and Maclin both have the speed to break away from opposing teams defenders.

 

Striker: LeSean McCoy

McCoy is what is going to make this beautiful machine work. Everything will run through McCoy and nobody will be disappointed about it. McCoy has all the moves, he has the speed, there is no question he will be the Eagles top goal scorer.

 

The Eagles have the fire power to score goals and then some good physical guys on the back end to play defense. How do you think this group would do out on the pitch? Let us know what you think of our roster and then give us your own starting lineup in the comment section below.

 

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