After Fifa World Cup sent us some of their best players, it’s time to review some of the top football/futbol players in the conference. The Pac-12 is proud to have the best player in the country and the American version of Lionel Messi in Jacquizz Rodgers.
At 5’7″ he’s got the size that you can’t teach. Soccer favors the shorter and quicker players and JQ has the foot speed and vision to complement Theirry Henry on the French National team. They will call him Jacques and he would lead France in the 2010 Fifa World Cup past Uruguay in a 1-0 match where he scores the only goal. He would score two more world cup goals, one against Mexico and another while taking on the host South Africa, before France gets knocked out of the World Cup.
The conference’s most versatile athlete, Jake Locker, could step right in and play the enforcer role for the American team. Playing in the center as a midfielder would allow him to move throughout the field and play offense and defense equally.
At 6’3″ he’s tall enough to make his presence felt on corner kicks and crosses. As Landon Donovan’s primary target, Jake Locker scores the go-ahead goal in the 83rd minute against cross-ocean rival England. His celebration of launching the soccer ball 20 feet into the air would draw a yellow card and bring a flashback circa 2008 to UW fans who witnessed the same celebration at the end of the BYU game. Locker would primarily focus on defense against Slovenia, but add his second World Cup goal against Algeria before advancing to the next round.
Matt Barkley would be recruited for the German team, since he fit their prototype of blonde hair and blue eyes, but would fail to make the team as he showed up to South Africa out of shape. Rumor has it that he will be on Dr. Drew’s celebrity weight loss show due to air in 2011.
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