The Unlucky guys and Forgotten children of the USMNT

Discussion in 'USA Men' started by Eleven Bravo, Apr 21, 2023.

  1. Elninho

    Elninho Member+

    Sacramento Republic FC
    United States
    Oct 30, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He's been injury-free for over 2 years now. The 2022 MLS season was his first season without a major injury in his entire pro career.
  2. Rahbiefowlah

    Rahbiefowlah Member+

    Oct 22, 2001
    Las Vegas
    Santino Quaranta, who sadly did a lot of cocaine, never fulfilled his acclaimed potential.

    I don’t think anyone mentioned Charles Renken. He was such a skillful young player, whose career was ravaged by injuries. He’s now an academy coach with St Louis City.
  3. bsky22

    bsky22 Member+

    Dec 8, 2003
    He was part of a long list of kids MLS teams had no idea what to with.
  4. Rahbiefowlah

    Rahbiefowlah Member+

    Oct 22, 2001
    Las Vegas
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  5. zlatan_but_a_car

    Botswana Meat Commission FC
    United States
    Oct 16, 2017
    I don't think he fell off, but I feel like Keaton Parks has more-or-less calcified his game and is probably done with the national team. I don't know that they impacted his development, but I do think he'd have gotten a few more shots with NTs at either the Olympic or senior levels if he hadn't gotten side-lined by blood clots in 2022.

    All things considered, I think his career has been a tremendous success despite "not making it" in Portugal (personally, I think getting signed by a 2nd division club and playing so well that you get bought [kinda] by the largest club in the country counts as "making it", but whatever). I'm just not sure that he'd have stayed in the midfield had he gone to college instead of taking a shot at a career in Portugal. As it stands, a $900k/year salary in MLS ain't bad for a guy who got cut from the ODP.

    Then again, tall-but-slow midfielders with good ball skills tend to have longer careers (lookin at you, Nemanja '35-year-old-with-2000-minutes-in-France' Matić), so maybe he'll have a late-career renaissance after 2026?
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