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Monday Morning Centre Back: Elementary, My Dear Watson

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 25: JeVaughn Watson #10 of the Houston Dynamo controls the ball against Clyde Simms #19 of D.C. United at RFK Stadium on June 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 25: JeVaughn Watson #10 of the Houston Dynamo controls the ball against Clyde Simms #19 of D.C. United at RFK Stadium on June 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
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Alright Dynamo fans, there's one big question I've been thinking about since Saturday's draw with DC United. Is the inter-changing central midfield of Je-Vaughn Watson and Geoff Cameron better than the combination of Cameron and Lovel Palmer?

Comparing Watson and Palmer is a a little tricky because they are different types of players, but I really felt that the Dynamo midfield looked much more active and free against DC, compared to the last few matches.

While you lose the more rigid, defensive positional play when Palmer is out, you gain a more dynamic and unpredictable style by having Watson and Cameron working together. Cameron is perfectly capable of controlling a defensive mid position while Watson roams and his ability to get forward forces the opponent's midfield to pay attention to him. 

More importantly, both players are good enough in possession to inter-change and pose a legitimate threat to the opponenet's defense. Cameron was clearly working more in the defensive midfield role but ask yourself who would you rather have on the attack when the situation presented itself, Cameron or Palmer?

It's a question of trust in the back line and Tally Hall. If you think that Andre Hainault and Jermaine Taylor (my preferred central defense pairing) can handle the extra pressure by not having Palmer always sitting in front of them, then this lineup makes sense moving forward. Considering the offensive problems the Dynamo have had so far this season, I definitely like a more risk tasking, attacking lineup.

Palmer returns from his red suspension on Sunday for the Dynamo's trip to Colorado. Let's see if Kinnear returns him to the lineup or decides to stick with Watson and Cameron for at least another week.