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Samtom23
Post #121
Friday May 15, 2020 3:26am

Joined Jun 2018
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I will adjust the heated topic one last time but do so respectfully.

Truth be told, Duncan wasn't on my radar at all until Arriola's injury. I wanted to see Arriola's injury and how bad it was, which unfortunately, Duncan was part of the play. Seeing the highlights of the game, Duncan stood out. That lead to me trying to learn more about him.
I learnt he played in France, his Weah's cousin and that he had ACL surgery in 2018.

When I watched him play. He stood out. He reminds me of N'Gole Kante. The dude just seems to EVERYWHERE. I like players with high motors. Also, he appears very FAST. I like Alphonso Davies, Weah and Ousmane Desmemble because they are FAST. It creates match-up problems, not suggesting he is that fast but fast nonetheless. And we have looked slow against some of our opponents. Willing to bet, Duncan is faster than Yedlin and younger to boot. If the season hadn't been interrupted than I think he would've been a best XI. But like the Montreal Expos and the strike season, I may never know.

Chandler is simply to old and I don't think he helps the team chemistry or identity. Zack Steffen critized the team for not having an identity this week, bunch of old dudes and young guys-paraphrasing. I don't think having an inexperienced youth helps form identity or an older player that probably won't be on 2022 roster helps.

Dest at LB, he is clearly simply the best option we have on left back or right back. But currently we don't have any othher LBs that are ready. So I choose Dest because he simply is the best. Even if Antonee were healthy, I would still have Dest at LB, and Robinson as my depth.

Why? Antonee's only has depth? It has to do with Antonee's decision making. He plays excited and sometimes makes bad decisions. Example: USMNT vs Brazil.

At one point in the game, Antonee got upfield left top of the box, wiithout any support around him. The smart move is to wait for your support. If you wait for a striker that is running up the middle of the field you have a scoring chance, dribble it back out. Wait for the trailer that should be running up the mid-field and pass it towards the top and middle of the box and BOOM! The ball is in the back of the net and you have a lead/point versus Brazil.

But what he does instead?i He decided to take on their LB and CB by himself and they easily trap him and dispossess him. Maybe that has changed as he got more experience.

And the video I sent Duncan did make that pass. Put he wasn't top of the box but more towards middle field right. He passed the ball towards the centre and gave his forward a chance to score, which the striker did.

And Cannon versus Duncan, actually they are interchangeable for me. I think Cannon adds more to offense and Duncan adds more to defense, so it would be about match-ups against teams.

hamsamwich
Post #122
Friday May 15, 2020 1:04pm

Joined Oct 2013
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I would disagree that the field and gametime isn't important... especially for GGG. The players still haven't run the system properly and need the international windows to get it. We've missed one and the others are being restructured. I personally was hoping to see the kinks ironed out before we get to the qualifiers and if time was already running short (as Steffen said, echoing many "the wasted year")... it's running shorter now.

Lilshmike
Post #123
Friday May 15, 2020 2:28pm

Joined Oct 2012
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Original post from hamsamwich

I would disagree that the field and gametime isn't important... especially for GGG. The players still haven't run the system properly and need the international windows to get it. We've missed one and the others are being restructured. I personally was hoping to see the kinks ironed out before we get to the qualifiers and if time was already running short (as Steffen said, echoing many "the wasted year")... it's running shorter now.
But again... no teams are playing. We aren't the only national team that would benefit from having time together and learning a new way of doing things... getting guys together to understand their roles and how they would play. Every national team if dealing with something similar at the moment, our opponents in CONCACAF included. So at the end of the day, this isn't a major problem.

The biggest problem that GGG has faced (and few have genuinely recognized this, instead choosing to complain about player selections and over analyze random tactics), is that GGG has yet to have a full pool to choose from. Since he took over, there have perpetually been key players unavailable due to injuries or certain situations at club. This handicaps his ability to produce a solid team... especially when you are experimenting, and compounded by having guys in the fold who are no more than bench options in the long term.

To me, this is the main issue. This always has been and people need to put it in perspective. Its easier to have a team succeed when all of your best players are playing. Its a different situation entirely when 1/4 to 1/2 of your best, starting players aren't even available for selection. And it gets even worse when your pool lacks depth and talent in a few key areas where those would be starters are hurt.

One last thing... I get Steffen's comment. Totally do, and its not without merit. That being said... he is human. People generally don't like to admit fault. Lets call it for what it is... the USMNT players have under performed the last 18 months or so since GGG has taken charge. The reason for that... I can't entirely say for sure. Nobody can. But a few of the results (Canada in particular) are down to the players. The players have to do better. GGG can't force a guy to not lose the ball or to not take a shot. With respect to Canada in particular, there is no reason we should have lost that game given the players we had on the field, and this is not GGG's fault.

From that perspective, you can see how some of the players (Steffen included here) would seek to deflect blame from their own performances to external rationales (i.e. a "wasted year").

Building off that, if we unperformed at the WC, is it going to be because of a "wasted year"? Of course not. At some point, that can no longer be used as an excuse for the poor performances of professional athletes.

Samtom23
Post #124
Friday May 15, 2020 3:00pm

Joined Jun 2018
Total Posts: 220
I am still not a big fan of GB and it mainly comes down to roster selection. Calling Trapp, Roldan, Tim Ream, Arriola, Xardes. I cannot remember who was available at the time. I particurly took exception to Ream and Trapp because they offered nothing long term to the team and I still question his in game adjustments.

Mexico just put pressure at the back and we kept on insisting to play it out of the back. It might have been to develop his system but really I am not sure.

Might of been Mexico also put literally all their coach did was switch an attacking player to Ream's side and Gregg didn't make any adjustment. I don't recall which game it was.

Lilshmike
Post #125
Friday May 15, 2020 3:14pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 1,368
Original post from Samtom23

I am still not a big fan of GB and it mainly comes down to roster selection. Calling Trapp, Roldan, Tim Ream, Arriola, Xardes. I cannot remember who was available at the time. I particurly took exception to Ream and Trapp because they offered nothing long term to the team and I still question his in game adjustments.

Mexico just put pressure at the back and we kept on insisting to play it out of the back. It might have been to develop his system but really I am not sure.

Might of been Mexico also put literally all their coach did was switch an attacking player to Ream's side and Gregg didn't make any adjustment. I don't recall which game it was.
Don't disagree, but he has shifted away from Trapp. Trapp was there at the beginning, but many people fail to realize that he has either gotten selected and not played a minute, or hasn't been selected at all after the first couple camps. No longer an issue there... people need to find other things to complain about there.

Tim Ream... yes, I agree specifically with respect to one position... LB. He is not a LB. That being said... Ream was starting and playing in the Premier League when getting called in by Berhalter. Really? Are we going to complain about our coach selecting and playing a guy who was a regular in the best league in the world? Ream earned it, and there should be no issue with his inclusion in the national team... especially when John Anthony Brooks has been hurt... our only other CB playing top flight football and who is also left footed (as Ream). That really isn't anything to complain about.

Zardes... OMG this has been covered so much. He has been our top scoring forward, at a position we have been wildly thin at, while almost every other forward hasn't been playing (Wood), barely playing or playing with reserve teams (Sargent), injured (Jozy), or was putting up numbers against competition that was below the level of MLS (Novakovich, up until his Eredivisie spell... but now he is struggling in Italy's second division - below MLS level - so go figure). People may not like it... but thats not necessarily a GGG problem... thats a player pool problem. And since we have had guys performing more (Sargent) and coming back from injury (Jozy), Zardes was being shifted towards the bench in favor of those guys. Something everyone wants, but still complains about. We need to move on.

Roldan needs to go. But when Adams, McKennie, Morales, Bradley have all had rotating injury spells, Williams seems to be done... he isn't left with many other options. Totally agree he needs the boot though.

People complain about Arriola as well... but how many RM/RW options do we have??? Wing is one position we are SUPER thin at. Weah... injured. Boyd... struggling at club, but he has been getting called in. Morris I see as a ST, not wing. Amon is consistently injured. We have a bunch of youth player... who are still playing in youth and reserve teams. We have Pulisic... but would he play on LW or in the 10? When you look at who has been available... there really haven't been many other options.

I'm not saying that GGG is not without his faults and that some of his selections haven't been puzzling... but we have to put things into perspective and understand that most of who were called in and played were the best we had available to play at those points in time. Not all... but most.

Samtom23
Post #126
Friday May 15, 2020 3:40pm

Joined Jun 2018
Total Posts: 220
It's in the past and cannot change it. It will be interesting to see his next selections because time is running short and this roster would 've been the last roster, he really could've played with the roster selections.

Lilshmike
Post #127
Friday May 15, 2020 3:42pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 1,368
With respect to Trapp... lets put this to bed.

GGG has had 19 games in charge. Trapp has featured in 9 of them. Less than half.

Of the 1710 minutes of gametime that Berhalter has faced, Trapp featured for a total of 554 minutes... translating to 32% of potential minutes that he could have featured.

Of those 1710 minutes in charge, there were 10 competitive games, translating to 900 minutes. Of those 900 minutes, Trapp featured for 118 minutes across 2 games... translating to 13% of potential minutes where he could have featured.

In the 10 competitive games Berhalter has had in charge, Trapp has featured twice, once as a sub against Guyana and as a starter against Panama... both in the group stage of the Gold Cup. No Nations League minutes.

Since that Gold Cup, Trapp has only featured once more for 77 minutes in a friendly against Mexico... meaning that in the last 13 games in charge, Trapp has only played 3 times for a combined 195 minutes.

Trapp's role has diminished IMMENSELY and he is virtually non existent at this point with respect to playing. Numbers don't lie, and the facts are as I have laid out. And as the evidence shows... when the game is competitive and the teams advancement in a competition is directly tied to results/performances... Trapp is not included. Thats very telling, no?

Trapp is legitimately a non-factor at this point, yet so many people continue to harp on it. Move on boys...

Source: https://www.transfermarkt.us/wil-trapp/nation...

Lilshmike
Post #128
Friday May 15, 2020 3:56pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 1,368
Original post from Samtom23

It's in the past and cannot change it. It will be interesting to see his next selections because time is running short and this roster would 've been the last roster, he really could've played with the roster selections.
The January camp was filled with random selections where he played with the roster. One thing I think this hurt was the ability of fringe guys to show their ability to catch Berhalter's eye. I would expect our next roster to look similar to something we saw in Nations League.

Not directed at you, but speaking my mind here... people get too caught up in Trapp and Zardes to look beyond and see the many different guys who have been called in and featured for GGG.

As stated... he can only work with what he has available to him. Our best players have been consistently hurt. From a coaching perspective, I personally wouldn't find it beneficial to just throw random names out every window. You need to build some level of consistency, build a group of guys who seem to be in the long term picture, and get them out there. A bunch of the guys who have played (Trapp, Roldan, Zardes in particular) are guys who, when we have every player healthy and in form, are at best bench options. Seeing that as the case, it makes some sense to get them in games and accustomed to their roles in the unforeseen circumstance that a sting of injuries occur prior to the WC. Its a long term play.

Guys get paid millions to make these decisions, and its easy for us to Monday morning quarterback as armchair analysts when we aren't in their shoes or aren't in the know with everything they deal with.

bjelks
Post #129
Friday May 15, 2020 4:54pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,499
Original post from Samtom23

I will adjust the heated topic one last time but do so respectfully.

Truth be told, Duncan wasn't on my radar at all until Arriola's injury. I wanted to see Arriola's injury and how bad it was, which unfortunately, Duncan was part of the play. Seeing the highlights of the game, Duncan stood out. That lead to me trying to learn more about him.
I learnt he played in France, his Weah's cousin and that he had ACL surgery in 2018.

When I watched him play. He stood out. He reminds me of N'Gole Kante. The dude just seems to EVERYWHERE. I like players with high motors. Also, he appears very FAST. I like Alphonso Davies, Weah and Ousmane Desmemble because they are FAST. It creates match-up problems, not suggesting he is that fast but fast nonetheless. And we have looked slow against some of our opponents. Willing to bet, Duncan is faster than Yedlin and younger to boot. If the season hadn't been interrupted than I think he would've been a best XI. But like the Montreal Expos and the strike season, I may never know.

Chandler is simply to old and I don't think he helps the team chemistry or identity. Zack Steffen critized the team for not having an identity this week, bunch of old dudes and young guys-paraphrasing. I don't think having an inexperienced youth helps form identity or an older player that probably won't be on 2022 roster helps.

Dest at LB, he is clearly simply the best option we have on left back or right back. But currently we don't have any othher LBs that are ready. So I choose Dest because he simply is the best. Even if Antonee were healthy, I would still have Dest at LB, and Robinson as my depth.

Why? Antonee's only has depth? It has to do with Antonee's decision making. He plays excited and sometimes makes bad decisions. Example: USMNT vs Brazil.

At one point in the game, Antonee got upfield left top of the box, wiithout any support around him. The smart move is to wait for your support. If you wait for a striker that is running up the middle of the field you have a scoring chance, dribble it back out. Wait for the trailer that should be running up the mid-field and pass it towards the top and middle of the box and BOOM! The ball is in the back of the net and you have a lead/point versus Brazil.

But what he does instead?i He decided to take on their LB and CB by himself and they easily trap him and dispossess him. Maybe that has changed as he got more experience.

And the video I sent Duncan did make that pass. Put he wasn't top of the box but more towards middle field right. He passed the ball towards the centre and gave his forward a chance to score, which the striker did.

And Cannon versus Duncan, actually they are interchangeable for me. I think Cannon adds more to offense and Duncan adds more to defense, so it would be about match-ups against teams.


Again my red flags for Duncan are his age and the level he plays at.
Until he moves to a higher level and shows he can be a difference maker, he hasn't proven anything.

I wouldn't make a comparison between him and Kanté because of the position he plays and the level he plays at. No one runs more than CMs so you can't compare the ground covered between CM and any other position. You also have to adjust his speed for the level he plays at bc it reflects the speed of play.

Chandler is not too old, he still starts for a mid table team in a top 3 league in the world. When I talk about disrespecting the game, that's what you do when you dismiss how hard it is to play at a top level for as long as he has. For context, the last Ballon D' Or winner is older than Chandler is right now. Also, our best player in our last WC is older than Chandler would be in 22.
If you want to help team chemistry and identity, you need to pick players that all know what it's like to play at the highest level. Nothing else matters.

If you don't think having inexperienced youth helps, why are you pushing so hard for a 23 yr old that has never played at a top level when we have options that do?
I'm sorry that's hypocritical. Again, there's no reality where not picking the players playing at the highest helps.

You can't tell me you don't think Robinson isn't ready to start when he's a top 5 rated left back in the Championship and had a deal done with AC Milan.
You can't say Dest would be better at lb bc Robinson got skinned by a top 10 winger in the world when he was a youth player.
Dest was skinned at lb by a much lesser Mexican winger.
You can't compare Robinson's decision making again as a youth player against the best team in the world with Duncan's at 23 against 3rd tier competition.
The game is Just much slower And there's much less pressure.

I'm not a Cannon fan, but he adds nothing in attack. He's not better in attack than Yedlin or Chandler who score goals and create chances against world class competition every week.
Cannon is a decent defender with decent athleticism but his technique is nothing special even for mls. Cannon has at least proved that he can defend concacaf wingers and is younger.
If you want Duncan to get noticed he needs to move to a higher level.

I don't agree with your perspective on the game. I think your critiques of Chandler and Robinson are illogical.
I don't think you respect or understand the difference between mls and top leagues.
I think you believe you have an eye for spotting diamonds in the rough in mls, but unfortunately no credible scouts at top levels would agree and history would tell us that it's rare that you find mls players 23 and up that can play at a top level.

In 20 yrs, there have been 6 American field players from mls that have stepped into 1st teams in top leagues that have never played in Europe. They are Holden, Dempsey, R Clark, Cameron, Ream and Adams.
The odds aren't in your favor my friend.
If you know of more, please enlighten me, but you get the big picture.
goalsense
stoked-3
Post #130
Friday May 15, 2020 11:31pm

Joined Mar 2020
Total Posts: 16
Both @bjelks and @samtom23 have valid points.

@Samtom23 Robinson should be our LB-AC milan wanted the kid. he was burned vs Brazil but by a world class player-that is why i was calling on young guys being called-that was a valuable lesson for him-I would rather he get beat in that game than to get beat like that in qualifying-he has been a steady player for club and was rewarded by a bigger move but his physical stopped the move.

For me I would like to see him in a more fwd posistion.

@Bjelks-I do not know alot about durkin but I wouldnt discount him bc of his age and that he plays in mls, in an earlier post I detailed many reasons why someone may still be in mls.

That being said mls guys tend to get called up easier than young euro guys--I am OK with calling in MLS guys like durken, yeuill etc so long as we are calling in guys like EPB, Richards, Ledez, etc etc

Euro guys also seem to get not get call backs if they dont have great games while mls guys seem to get multiple chances to prove they belong.

The issue is now is we are running out of time before qualifying we wasted 2 years. That could have been time try young players, let them get burned vs brazil so they learn.

Age/league donot matter to much to me (unless it is an older player) nor does getting burned vs a world power bother me.

Re Chandler: He is one of those guys who is good for club but not for Nats. Not everyone translates to the international level the same. It is clear he has more than enough skill to be on the Nats but for whatever reason he has not played well. Could it be his attitude ? could it be playng out of posistion? Does he deserve a call up based on skill yes, but for me there is more to the story with Chandler -my gut based on purely reading body language is that his heart is not 100 percent in it for the Nats but I do think GB should give him a call to reasses.

bjelks
Post #131
Saturday May 16, 2020 12:53am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,499
@stoke very valid points...

All I'm asking is that we create a culture of competition by awarding guys for competing at the higher level

And in result you create a higher level of hunger/ ambition within the program
goalsense
Samtom23
Post #132
Saturday May 16, 2020 3:21am

Joined Jun 2018
Total Posts: 220
This is a better debate.

Big picture

We are looking at only US players when discussing MLS as it relates to our depth and what kind of competition that they face. To get a big idea then we should consider all players. Further, you should look at the organization that they players come from.

We already have an example of an foreign player in Miguel Algmiron. He is an older player that came from MLS and is playing at Newcastle now. He is an example even if he isn't American, he just shows MLS players can be top league ready.

Where did he play in MLS? Atlanta United. How owns Atlanta United? Arthur Blank who also owns the Atlanta Falcons too. Both quality teams and organizations it seems on the surface.

Who did Atlanta hire as the V.P. of Operations in 2017? Carlos Bocogenara and what coaches have Atlanta had? Martino and now Frank De Boer both quality coaches.

Their forward, Josef Martinez, was drawing European interest. So considering the precedent of Algmiron, MLS players are starting (and I want to emphasize) starting to be European ready, depending on the support given to them domestically. So Miles Robinson isn't an unlikely as you think.

My other suggestion, Kyle Duncan is more of a stretch. But if you look at the Red Bull organization, as related, to football, it's a shrewd organization and gives us context.

RB Leipzig is the afflaite of New Red Bulls, and as we know, Leipzig was I believe in the sixth division of the Bundesliga just a few years ago.

But now they are in the top four of the first division, in large part to scouting, they have a good young team over there. Fot the record, I dislike the Red Bull Company but that is unrelated to football.

And now look at New York Red Bulls, we have a precedent already of a player in MLS coming over of stepping into a top league right away in Tyler Adams. And they scouted Aaron Long. Who does Duncan play for? New York Red Bulls. Also, the defender of the year, Kemar Lawrence is their and he was defender of the year.

And also, they are identifying coaches as well. Looking at a former coach of theirs in Jesse Marsch, who know is at RB Salzburg in Austria.

Sorry it this seems a little disjointed in my writing-doing a few things at once.

And I should mention, Alphonso Davies. Bayern Munich didn't discover him, Toronto did.

And players are starting to recognize the change in the league. Jonathon De La Santos believes MLS will be a top league in four to five years. I disagree with him but he is aware of the what happened at the youth academy and the changes that are occuring because of that.

Also, Don Garber has acknowledge publicly that MLS will start becoming selling league.

And you look at the stats and MLS had the youngest signings ever in 2019 be interesting to see how much they play after the 2021 season.

But I say this only to improve the depth of USMNT.

And with Dempsey...he was a fighter...and who doesn't like an underdog?

bjelks
Post #133
Saturday May 16, 2020 3:50am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,499
Original post from Samtom23

This is a better debate.

Big picture

We are looking at only US players when discussing MLS as it relates to our depth and what kind of competition that they face. To get a big idea then we should consider all players. Further, you should look at the organization that they players come from.

We already have an example of an foreign player in Miguel Algmiron. He is an older player that came from MLS and is playing at Newcastle now. He is an example even if he isn't American, he just shows MLS players can be top league ready.

Where did he play in MLS? Atlanta United. How owns Atlanta United? Arthur Blank who also owns the Atlanta Falcons too. Both quality teams and organizations it seems on the surface.

Who did Atlanta hire as the V.P. of Operations in 2017? Carlos Bocogenara and what coaches have Atlanta had? Martino and now Frank De Boer both quality coaches.

Their forward, Josef Martinez, was drawing European interest. So considering the precedent of Algmiron, MLS players are starting (and I want to emphasize) starting to be European ready, depending on the support given to them domestically. So Miles Robinson isn't an unlikely as you think.

My other suggestion, Kyle Duncan is more of a stretch. But if you look at the Red Bull organization, as related, to football, it's a shrewd organization and gives us context.

RB Leipzig is the afflaite of New Red Bulls, and as we know, Leipzig was I believe in the sixth division of the Bundesliga just a few years ago.

But now they are in the top four of the first division, in large part to scouting, they have a good young team over there. Fot the record, I dislike the Red Bull Company but that is unrelated to football.

And now look at New York Red Bulls, we have a precedent already of a player in MLS coming over of stepping into a top league right away in Tyler Adams. And they scouted Aaron Long. Who does Duncan play for? New York Red Bulls. Also, the defender of the year, Kemar Lawrence is their and he was defender of the year.

And also, they are identifying coaches as well. Looking at a former coach of theirs in Jesse Marsch, who know is at RB Salzburg in Austria.

Sorry it this seems a little disjointed in my writing-doing a few things at once.

And I should mention, Alphonso Davies. Bayern Munich didn't discover him, Toronto did.

And players are starting to recognize the change in the league. Jonathon De La Santos believes MLS will be a top league in four to five years. I disagree with him but he is aware of the what happened at the youth academy and the changes that are occuring because of that.

Also, Don Garber has acknowledge publicly that MLS will start becoming selling league.

And you look at the stats and MLS had the youngest signings ever in 2019 be interesting to see how much they play after the 2021 season.

But I say this only to improve the depth of USMNT.

And with Dempsey...he was a fighter...and who doesn't like an underdog?


Lol please don't compare an Argentine league winner and a Paraguay intl to a college player thats am mls All star lol.

Like I said 6 Americans in 20 yrs have stepped from mls to straight into a top league first team
We don't have nearly the environment and development system as a nation with Paraguay's history
Miles simply hasn't had the technical, tactical development or club experience to catch up with the likes of Miazga, CRich, Brooks, EPB

Again Duncan is too far behind in his development to catch up with Chandler, Yedlin and sure as hell not Dest
Adams left at 18
He wouldn't be the same had he tried to leave at 23

Correction Alphonso played at Vancouver and again was a man child at 18
Duncan is 6 yrs behind

I disagree with mls being a top league in 4-5 yrs or anytime soon, because lack of pro/ rel makes the environment less competitive
Also mls is not involved in any intercontinental competition to test itself against top teams in the Americas
Thirdly mls can't support a business structure that pays players top dollar

Again if you want to improve the depth of the national team like every other top country, encourage our federation to pick players that are hungry to be the best in the world and believe they can go toe to toe with the best
Players like Duncan and Miles don't have those type of games or personalities
They're not even exposed to that level

Clint Dempsey is not like a Duncan or Miles, he's arguably our best ever
Not just because he was a fighter but because he was technically very good, unpredictable, and fearless - apples and oranges
goalsense
carl9
Post #134
Saturday May 16, 2020 1:35pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 11
Brian McBride is another MLS product who managed to jump to the premier league. He did have one season with wolfsburg early in his career, so agree that he doesn't meet the requirements of your list, and other than that, in the 7 years before he began his strong career in the premier league (scoring 37 goals with Everton and Fulham) he played in MLS, other than a short 9 game loan stint with preston north end. There are only 6 or 7 players in 20 years - but hoping that as MLS improves the number of players making the jump will improve.

Philip
Post #135
Saturday May 16, 2020 3:01pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 39
Only counting American players from MLS doesn't make any sense. There are guys from all over the world in MLS and they all contribute to the competition faced and the development potential for every other player. Someone like Miguel Almiron counts. He came into MLS and spent 2 years in Atlanta, in that time he improved as a player. He developed his game more and earned a spot in the Premier League based on his play in MLS. Newcastle did not sign him because of what he had done 3 years prior in Argentina. The only reason to discount Almiron is because he doesn't fit with the narrative you are trying to sell.

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