Remaining strikers on the team’s roster are Adam Jahn and J.J. Williams. The team can also use Pity Martinez and Ezequiel Barco as strikers in some systems, but likely not as a single striker, which is how Martinez was primarily deployed.
“We feel confidence in all of our guys,” Bocanegra said. “They’ve got to earn it on the training field and when they get the opportunity to step up and earn it in a game.”
Bocanegra said because the team only recently resumed full training, there hasn’t been many opportunities to evaluate Williams, who joined the team after Martinez’s injury. Opportunities to work with Jahn have also been limited.
“It makes it a little bit strange going into a transfer window not knowing the strengths, weaknesses of our what our team fully looks like when we have a chance to gel,” he said. “That’s another reason we don’t want to force a person into the team in Josef’s spot at the moment.”