I'm With Landon: Why Play In Both?
|Luis Bueno reports that both Jonathan Bornstein and Brad Guzan will be on the Copa America roster, as part of 8-12 players who will play in both tournaments this Summer. Also, it's come to light that Bob Bradley wants Landon Donovan to play in the Copa America as well.|
I really don't get what Bradley and the USSF are doing here. There's no reason any player should play in both tournaments. We have a big enough pool now, and players either need rest from their Euro season or shouldn't be away from their MLS team that long. That's why I didn't want us to go to the Copa America, regardless of how much more prestigious it is compared to the Gold Cup. Besides, is it really going to benefit Donovan that much by playing in both?
I thought it would be optimal to take our Euro players to the Gold Cup, since that's the more important (though easier) tournament. Also since it's close to the end of their season. That way, those guys could get a nice, long break for the rest of the summer. Bring along a few MLS guys to start at forward and to round out the squad. The MLS guys should play the Copa America, because they need to get tested more. Also, the MLS season should be disturbed as little as possible. So that's another reason all the MLS guys should be called up for only one tournament each.
Yes, there may be more total MLS players involved this way, but each only goes to one tournament. And it's very likely that the USA will less time in the Copa (where most of the stars would be going in this scenario) than in the Gold Cup.
Here's what I had in mind:
(mls guys in bold)
G-Cannon, Guzan, Keller
D-Bocanegra, Burciaga, Califf, DeMerit, Hejduk, Onyewu, Pearce, Spector
M-Beasley, Bradley, Dempsey, Feilhaber, Gros, Kljestan, Olsen, Ralston
F-Ching, Hill, Johnson, Wolff
(euros in bold)
G-Howard, Reis, Wells
D-Barrett, Bornstein, Boswell, Conrad, Namoff, Parkhurst, Robinson, Simek
M-Beckerman, Carroll, Clark, Davis, Donovan, Mapp, Mastroeni, Mullan, Noonan
F-Cooper, Rolfe, Twellman