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Post #1
Tuesday May 7, 2013 11:39pm

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Looks like AZ will pulling the same crap again this summer; refusing to rlease Altidore until 4 days on June 3(FIFA mandated date of release) prior to the first Qualiffier on June 7th.

Looks like EJ and Boyd will be getting the reps at striker against Belgium and Germany. Wouldn't be surprised to see Agudelo called in or McInerney for the May camp

I wouldn't expect Altidore to be starting that first qualifier against Jamaica either.

Post #2
Wednesday May 8, 2013 12:13am

Joined Jan 2013
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Do they do this to their other internationals?

Not sure if anyone knows..
Rain, rain, go away Come again another day - USMNT, MUFC
Speed Elf
El Paso
Post #3
Wednesday May 8, 2013 3:35am

Joined Jan 2013
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There was an article on where they were talking about Carlos Vela. It mentions the Mexican national team coach and director of national teams were in Spain late last week trying to negotiate the early release of four Mexican national team players prior to their May 31 friendly.

Also, Mix Diskerud alluded to something similar when asked by about playing in the friendlies or Gold Cup. Here is the quote:

"I love to compete. Besides that, I will always consider it a great honor to be asked to represent my country," Diskerud explained. "But I belong to a very dedicated club as well, and the interests to both the club and myself always have factored in the contracts I have voluntarily entered into."

So the clubs have a lot of of say as to what their players will do as they are the club's investment. That is the key point, Jozy is AZ'S future money maker when they sell him to another team. They want to make sure he does not get hurt and ruin any chance they have of selling him this summer.
Post #4
Wednesday May 8, 2013 3:52am

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Speed Elf, I think that you're spot on with your comment about AZ not wanting him to get injured.

As a fan I have less tolerance for a club holding a player back in early June than I do when the club is chasing critical points during the season. It leaves a sour taste in my mouth but it is within their rights to do it.

If Jozy doesn't play, I think Gomez is likely to get his minutes up top ahead of EJ or Boyd but hopefully we go to a two forward formation as I don't like the idea of Gomez being the lone forward.

I should note, that I also don't like the idea of Altidore being the lone forward.

Post #5
Wednesday May 8, 2013 3:54am

Joined Dec 2012
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this is pretty ridiculous. will he be in camp, just not training? hard to understand how they would refuse to even allow him to be in camp

Post #6
Wednesday May 8, 2013 4:15am

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BUT,,, seems like perfect time to get boyd fully acclimated

Post #7
Wednesday May 8, 2013 11:34am

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Its all about money. AZ "leaks" this information. Then USSF calls them to talk about it. AZ tells them they are planning on selling him for X amount of pounds. USSF pays some kind of insurance to protect that much money against injury. Everyone is happy. Such is lif in the business side of sports.

However if they cant agree Id much prefer Boyd up top to Gomez. They are friendlies. We know what Gomez can do. Why not start Boyd to see how he plays with Dempsey, Bradley, Jones, et all as opposed to starting Herc and bringing in Boyd when you empty the bench. That would make the most sense to me

Post #8
Wednesday May 8, 2013 1:16pm

Joined Apr 2013
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Yeap this is the perfect opportunity for Terrence boyd to show what he's got

Hagerstown, MD
Post #9
Wednesday May 8, 2013 2:15pm

Joined Mar 2013
Total Posts: 216
I completely understand what AZ is doing.. I'd be doing the same thing. Jozy potentially can make the club a ridiculous amount of money. Honestly I'm fine with it because I'm high on Boyd and want him to get legit minutes that he deserves to get.

Loche Achles
Post #10
Wednesday May 8, 2013 3:21pm

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 279
Yea I want to see Boyd bring the thunder. Give him his shot. Besides the kick bleeds RW&B and I just love that... His face in the Azteca... Pure animal joy after that back heel. And he has a big ass USA tattoo now. He's legit in his passion through and through, and I love it.

Post #11
Wednesday May 8, 2013 6:59pm

Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts: 1,459
I also understand what AZ is doing and I'd do the same thing too if I were them.

AZ doesn't care about the USMNT and nor should they. They have to do what's in their interest and right now with Jozy set to give them a huge payday, they don't want him exposed to needless risk in playing for the USMNT when it's not mandated.

It sucks for the USMNT, but AZ is holding all the cards and is doing what's right for them.

Everyone needs to expect this when players move to clubs that rely on selling players to stay alive financially.

Post #12
Wednesday May 8, 2013 7:16pm

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idk why AZ cares, jozy will most likely leave in the summer..

Post #13
Wednesday May 8, 2013 11:03pm

Joined Apr 2013
Total Posts: 33
because a player with 30 goals and a torn acl doesn't go for as much as a player with 30 goals and injury free.

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