For Oguchi Onyewu, the shift is on 

January, 26, 2011

It's been a season of position shifting for national teamers plying their trade across the pond. West Ham's Jonathan Spector was moved from defense sub to starter in midfield, where he's scored four goals since Nov. 30. Ricardo Clark, a career defensive mid, is suddenly a Bundesliga center back with ninth-place Eintracht Frankfurt, for whom he successfully shut down Hamburg's Ruud van Nistelrooy last weekend. Clint Dempsey, who began his pro career in the same spot as Clark, has emerged as Fulham's first-choice striker. Meantime, towering central defender Oguchi Onyewu spent the first two games of his loan stint at Dutch club Twente playing left back. How does all of this movement affect the U.S. squad? Before we get into that, it's important to note that this soccer version of musical chairs is nothing new.

Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.
Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.