Biggest Flop in USMNT history

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  1. HeMan

    HeMan Member

    Jun 5, 2006
    Earth
    If you could pick ONE player to be the biggest flop in USMNT history that based on hype/reputation that has at least earned one USMNT cap but has fallen off the radar completely, who would it be? For this, I ask that each voter pick a different player, and at the end of the month, we decide who won.

    My pick: Santino Quaranta

    There was a lot of hope that Quaranta would be in the next category of Beasley and Donovan. Also, he has shown glimpses that hype might be true, but he never was able to be a consistent force. Ultimately, he retired and earns my vote for biggest flop.
     
  2. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Danny Szetela...........................

    Game. Set. Match.
     
  3. Coyote-Trickster

    Feb 10, 2000
    The American Steppe
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  4. SUDano

    SUDano Member+

    Jan 18, 2003
    Rochester, NY
  5. Matt in the Hat

    Matt in the Hat Moderator
    Staff Member

    Sep 21, 2002
    Brooklyn
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    And it's not even close
     
  6. Marko72

    Marko72 Member+

    Aug 30, 2005
    New York
    He actually did manage to do something. Still, how many people 5 years ago would've been willing to bet that he'd barely even be able to sniff the senior side in the 2014 cycle.
     
  7. bmo180

    bmo180 Member+

    Jan 25, 2012
    serious question?

    Wasnt Damarcus Beasleys brother supposed to be good tho?
     
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  8. El Niño Orgulloso

    Jul 5, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    That Yank kid who was at Torino.
     
  9. AutoPenalti

    AutoPenalti Am I famous yet?

    Sep 26, 2011
    Coconut Creek
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm not even in the national pool, hows that for "biggest" flop?
     
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  10. Coyote-Trickster

    Feb 10, 2000
    The American Steppe
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    His older brother, yeah, but never the hype of the 2nd Coming / The American Pele as Adu was sold.
     
  11. Coyote-Trickster

    Feb 10, 2000
    The American Steppe
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There are more than enough very quiet lemmings around here that thought Adu was going to make Donovan nearly irrelevant by now
     
  12. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    True, the hype for Freddy was huge. No other player can have the lines, "you were the chosen one! It was said that you would replace Donovan, improve on him! You'd make the best ever National Team, not leave it in darkness!" (screamed by Obi-Wan) applied to him.
     
  13. soccersubjectively

    soccersubjectively BigSoccer Supporter

    Jan 17, 2012
    Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Frank Simek is up there.
     
  14. Hararea

    Hararea Member+

    Jan 21, 2005
    Honorable mention has to go to Jovan Kirovski, who accumulated 62 caps while failing to establish himself for European clubs, starting with Man United, where he never got past the reserves. At age 28, he finally came home to MLS and quickly slid off the national team radar. In his best offensive season here, he had 8 goals and 2 assists.

    Kirovski followed in the footsteps of Nelson Vargas, who was anointed as a future star because he spent some time training with AC Milan. Vargas got four caps in total, the first when Bora made the bizarre decision to give a few U17 national teamers a runout with our senior team.
     
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  15. y-lee-coyote

    y-lee-coyote Member+

    Dec 4, 2012
    Club:
    --other--
    winner, winner chicken inner right here!!
     
  16. an1310

    an1310 Member

    Jun 2, 2003
    Atlanta, GA
    After Freddy Adu, these are the ones I can think of, in no particular order:

    Danny Szetela, Memo Gonzales, David Arvizu, Jordan Older, Connor from StarKick...
     
  17. deuteronomy

    deuteronomy Member+

    Angkor Siem Reap FC
    United States
    Aug 12, 2008
    Siem Reap, Cambodia
    Club:
    Siem Reap Angkor FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The better question might be:

    Who is in second place?
     
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  18. ImaPuppy

    ImaPuppy Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 10, 2009
    Using too many parentheses
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    American Samoa
    I think Szetela is second for me.
     
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  19. (TxT)

    (TxT) Member+

    Jun 9, 2004
    Tampa, FL
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Tim Chandler
     
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  20. puttputtfc

    puttputtfc Member+

    Sep 7, 1999
    Adu because of the amount of hype. After that, hype is subjective. I remember hearing how Petke would end up our greatest defender, Lee Nguyn was a midfield deity and Adin Brown was the GK of the future.

    But I go back before the internet was common and say Ken Snow. Lots of hype in soccer circles when he left IU and nothing to show for it.
     
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  21. Hararea

    Hararea Member+

    Jan 21, 2005
    Wasn't Steve the more hyped of the two brothers?
     
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  22. deuteronomy

    deuteronomy Member+

    Angkor Siem Reap FC
    United States
    Aug 12, 2008
    Siem Reap, Cambodia
    Club:
    Siem Reap Angkor FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    John Harkes

    (This, according to Amy Wynalda)
     
  23. Eleven Bravo

    Eleven Bravo Member+

    Atlanta United
    United States
    Jul 3, 2004
    SC
    Club:
    Atlanta Silverbacks
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Adu is too easy of a pick, but in truth, I wouldn't say he is a "flop" just yet. For starters, he is still just 23 and is at a new club where he just got into the rotation. Secondly, he has always done well whenever he has been in a US shirt. For me, put him in the too soon to tell category.

    Eddie Gaven, Jovan Kirovski, Zach Thornton, Sal Zizzo, Lee Nguyen, and Santino Quaranta all fit the bill. Even Bobby Convey might fit in there too.

    Now, who is the worst USMNT player of all time? Jay Heaps, Robbie Findley, Robbie Rogers, Jeff Agoos, Mike Burns, or Jonathan Bornstein? I'd have to go in order: Heaps, Agoos, Burns, Bornstein, Rogers, and Findley.
     
  24. puttputtfc

    puttputtfc Member+

    Sep 7, 1999
    Again subjective. Agoos, Burns and Findley somehow made it to the world stage. I don't know how but they did.

    If you want worst then Ted Eck,Matt Kmosko, Drew Moor, Joey Franchino and Chad McCarty all come to mind. If I sober up I have a few more for you.
     
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  25. LuckofLichaj

    LuckofLichaj Member

    Mar 9, 2012
    Drew Moor is the worst I've seen take the field since I've followed the USMNT
     
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