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Dave
Post #31
Saturday December 3, 2016 1:50am

Joined Jul 2014
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When dealing/evaluating duel nationals the coaches & players need to think about what is best for the individual and the team. Players like Roldan may never feature for the US in a meaningful game, but could be a starter for El Salvador every game. Perez has a chance to be a feature player for the US....but would be a star for El Salvador. The trade-off that they'd have to make is that they'd likely never reach a WC. The flip-side of the argument are players like CCV, Zelalem, & Green who could be stars with the US...but would likely have been roll players with other countries that have superior player pools (Germany, England, France, Holland, etc....).

The quality and depth of the Sr. US Team has drastically improved over the past 10 years. We have a number of good players to choose from....players like Bradley, Williams, Cameron, Bedoya, Jozy, & Wood. What we are looking for now are players who can be serious difference makers. Players who'll raise the level of play of the entire team. We're hoping that players like Perez, Zelalem, Hyndman, CCV, Green, etc...can be those types of players. But they'll need to prove their quality with their club performances to earn call-ups...the way that Pulisic has done and will hopefully continue to do.

Jzaval01
Post #32
Sunday December 4, 2016 5:20am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,210
Original post from Dave

@Regicide - A while back (about a month or 2 ago) I was watching an MLS halftime conversation in which Friedel & Lalas were talking about the young players in MLS. Friedel made the statement/claim that there were guys on his US U-19 team who were on the bench for their MLS clubs that were better quality than the older players in front of them. Brad went so far as to claim that if Pulisic had signed with MLS he'd still be in the PDL or a bench player. Lalas about had a hissy fit claiming that any team in MLS would have had Pulisic as a starter....and that no MLS club would use less talented players.
Yet when I've look back at this past MLS season I've seen a fair number of teams using old players who have name recognition over younger talent. Galaxy, NYRB, & NYCFC, are prime examples of this.


Considering NYCFC was and is still a new team with little to no history it's only natural that they went with big names to create a buzz. But even then Patrick Vieira hasnt been afraid of putting the best out there aka Jack Harrison, Khiry Shelton. Matarrita even if younger. But the reality still for MLS teams is you cant have a team without fans. Need to put butts in the seats and teams still have to account for that hence why many still sign old players. But that slowly has and will continue to get cut out, with younger DPs because MLS is much bigger.
As for Perez he prob will still play for the US. Why im sure because of his father hugo perez will prob be an influence. Prob will tell him El salvador not the best with all the corruption etc

db707
Post #33
Sunday December 4, 2016 2:55pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 411
Jzaval01, Hugo's Josh's uncle.

Jzaval01
Post #34
Sunday December 4, 2016 5:34pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,210
Original post from db707

Jzaval01, Hugo's Josh's uncle.


ohhhhh okays

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