After an injury to Seattle striker Jordan Morris, the USMNT has turned to another top form MLS striker for the Mexico showdown – Alan Gordon?!
How did we get here? Clearly there has to be a better choice? No I’m not talking about America’s decision to elect Trump, but the US roster heading into the CONCACAF Hex qualifying.
After Sunday night’s MLS match in Dallas, Sounder’s forward Jordan Morris was pulled from the US pool due to a hamstring injury. Morris is one of a great young crop of American attacking talents. Losing Morris before the Mexico match is the second worst thing to happen this week.
He was replaced by Alan Gordon. 35-year-old, two caps, no goals Alan Gordon. Ugh.
No offense to Gordon, he has had a solid MLS career with 61 goals. In fact he led the LA Galaxy line late in the season and into the playoffs. But even the LA fans knew that Gordon was never going to get them to MLS Cup. So why did Jurgen even call him in?
Even if thinks that Jozy, Aron Johannsson, and Bobby Wood are going to get all of the time from the striker group, there are better routes to go. Want someone with experience on the national team level? Chris Wondolowski has 35 caps and 11 goals. Yes, yes I know he did this.
Or how about giving a first cap to a young attacker? Amando Moreno, Khiry Shelton or Josh Perez? Maybe Alan could be a late sub to switch up the style of play, but I would rather give a young promising player the chance to experience the national team setup.
On top of that, think how the 12-goal scorer this season, Chris Pontius, feels about another snub? Let’s just pray that Jurgen knows what he is doing.