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Dave
Post #1
Sunday September 16, 2018 10:36pm

Joined Jul 2014
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2019 is the qualification tournament for the 2020 Olympics. There are a lot of players who could be considered for the team, but since the qualification tournament doesn't usually fall on a FIFA date we don't always get all our age eligible players released for the Tournament. European clubs rarely release players so the question is who in MLS & Liga MX are likely candidates for the Qualification Tournament?

Keepers: Klinsmann, Scott
Defense: Trusty, Glad, Robinson, Farfan, Cannon, D. Acosta
Midfield: Carleton, Lennon, Durkin, Goslin, Yueill
Forwards: Ebobisse, Vazquez

Any other candidates that should be under consideration from MLS & Liga MX?

db707
Post #2
Sunday September 16, 2018 10:57pm

Joined Oct 2013
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I'd think guys like Olosunde, Zelalem, de la Torre, may well be in the mix, depends on their club situation when the tournament rolls around. Last time 8 of 20 guys in the qualifying tournament came from European clubs. Looking back at the roster from that last cycle highlights that we're always going to have young players who just never make it as pros, be it through injury or just not transitioning well. Will Packwood (injury), Marc Pelosi (injury), Charlie Horton (injury), Alfred Koroma, Zach Pfeffer, Ben Spencer, all part of the team in the last cycle, all are retired or close to it now. On the other side, Horvath, Miazga, Acosta, Arriola, Trapp, Morris, Green, Carter-Vickers, Parker have all gone on to the full national team.

Know Nothing
Post #3
Sunday September 16, 2018 11:24pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,520
Well depending on whether or not his club will release him, Kyle Scott is a possibility. I dare say he is leaning in the direction of the US given his tweets in the past, this is one way to tie him up and get him into the player pool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRTTNt2DVMY #10 in white

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAc4rtFa6eY again #10 in white

Dave
Post #4
Tuesday January 29, 2019 2:42am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 944
Wanted to give this thread a little bump considering some of the changes that have occurred during the winter break and what our new manager rolled out last night.

Robinson may not be released for the Qualifying tournament now that he's signed with BM.

The loan/transfers of K. Parks & Juan Torres to MLS should make their inclusion in the Qualification Tournament easier to secure, if they're playing for NYCFC.

Mihailovic has emerged as an option/competition to Carleton at the CAM Role.

Keepers: Klinsmann, Scott
Defense: Trusty, Glad, McKenzie, Cannon, D. Acosta, Bello
Midfield: Durkin, Mihailovic, Yueill, Carlton, Parks, Lewis, Busio, Goslin
Forwards: Ebobisse, Vazquez

Hopefully we can pull in a couple European players who aren't seeing consistent 1st team minutes (EPB, Dest, Olosunde, Scott, etc...). But generally speaking we'll have to rely on MLS players for the Qualification Tournament.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #5
Tuesday January 29, 2019 4:14pm

Joined Jul 2012
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This could be all be different if McKenzie, Durkin and Mihailovic make moves to Europe before this tournament.

Dave
Post #6
Wednesday January 30, 2019 3:40am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 944
Original post from 2tone

This could be all be different if McKenzie, Durkin and Mihailovic make moves to Europe before this tournament.


The Olympic qualifying tournament tends to be played in early fall. The only way McKenzie, Durkin, or Mihailovic move to Europe before the tournament would be in the Summer transfer window. And while that may be possible for McKenzie & Durkin if they have especially strong U-20 world cup performances; Mihailovic won't have a way to showcase his talents until the Gold Cup (long shot) and even then would likely be too late to get a offer that the Fire/MLS would accept.

Of the 3 Durkin is the most likely to get a transfer (he's already being targeted/watched). McKenzie is hard to see moving, considering the Union aren't sure if they'll release him for the U-20 WC.


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