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Lucius

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Kind of confused by the moves a bit.


First off, sure, everyone wants to win. I want to win. But we don't really get anything out of winning this Gold Cup, especially when other clubs haven't brought their strongest teams either.

So let's use it to evaluate younger and fringe players. That was done for the group stages. Now that all goes out the window? Maybe some of these guys are starting to develop some chemistry with each other that will allow them to show better moving forward.

No issue with Bedoya, Johnson, and Guzan going. Not sure Guzan should even have been on the roster if you're looking to evaluate others (unless Arena isn't sold on him). Not sure about Dwyer and Rowe going. I thought they both showed fairly well (aside from Dwyer's PK). Maybe Bruce is happy with what he's seen from them, and doesn't need to see any more?

That being said, why not give them the opportunity to play more and try to win the Gold Cup? If you're bringing in the other guys you're basically saying it's all about winning at this point. But why not let the guys who took you to the group stage have a chance to try to win a fairly meaningless tournament?

I guess Bruce is looking at the tournament in two ways: Group Stage - Evaluation, Knockout - Win at all costs. Seems odd to me, semi-Jurgen-esque.

And why not send Agudelo home instead of Dwyer? Seems to me he'll never be anything more than an average MLS player. He's 24, which isn't that young in soccer, especially since he's been playing pro for 6 years. Wikipedia says he 43 goals in 174 appearances. The most he's scored in a single season is 9 (although he does have 7 in 15 games this season). Hasn't impressed me in the tournament at all.

(In response to this post by CAVern)

Posted: 07/17/2017 at 09:11AM



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