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cudevil
Post #31
Thursday August 6, 2020 11:51pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 1,273
Probably a good move.

Dave
Post #32
Saturday August 8, 2020 8:52pm

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 1,193
Haven't seen him play since the U-20 WC a few years ago. At the time I was impressed with his tight control and ability to pick a pass. He's still young enough that if he can get consistent minutes with Heracles he'll have a chance to break into the conversation for the USMNT. But if he's going to do it, it's got to be fairly soon as there is a lot of competition for roster spots developing:
Wide MF: Pulisic, Reyna, Weah, Uli, Konrad, Vassilev, Saucedo, Soto, Sabbi, Amon
ACM: Ledezma, Mendez, Aaronson, Mihailovic, Ferreira
CM: McKennie, Pomykal, Cappis, Booth, Hynmann
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In the very near future there is going to be some tough roster cuts. By the 2026 WC all of these players will be entering into the Prime of their playing careers (25-28). The 2022 team may be extremely young & inexperienced, but by 2026 our midfield should be something special.

hamsamwich
Post #33
Saturday August 8, 2020 10:52pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 3,736
I feel like De la Torre has had what is a normal, if not accelerated growth process for the American player in days gone by. He still has time for a Bedoya like career if not better... but the standard has been raised. I'm fine with that too. If the average level these days is what used to qualify as a USMNT player a dozen or so years ago that's a big rise from a larger perspective. Yea it sucks that de la Torre hasn't pushed thru but there are so many players like that we can wait and see if he still develops mid 20s. And that's ok.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #34
Sunday August 9, 2020 10:10pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,691
I am a big fan of De La Torre. Very smooth operator on the ball. I hope he hits it off in the Eredivisie.

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