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RML Hoos

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Based on this, shows why a guy like Michael Bradley may have declined

in productivity so much in the last 4 years. He is clearly at the very end of being a productive player at the national team level. He might be able to transition to a central defender role, thought I doubt it - but even then, but the next WC cycle he will be well beyond his productive years.

Heck, look at our entire current roster for the T&T game and you will see a HUGE gap in the middle, just where this study would indicate the MOST productive players are found. We had 6 guys 24 and younger. Only FOUR player between 25-29 - Altidore, Gonzalez, Vilifafana and Nagbe. The remaining 15 were 30 and over - 8 of them 32 or older. We had a few young studs, almost no one in their prime, and a ton of guys who are well past prime and into their declining years on this squad for the most important games.

By contrast Argentina needing results to qualify just like we did, had the exact opposite with most of their players right in that sweet sport age wise. Of those on the squad for their last two games 11 were between 25 and 29. Only 9 were 30 or older but only 2 of those were 32 or older.

We put a very old squad out on the field, no wonder they looked tired and slow.

This clearly says what many have been saying, we really need to focus on the guys currently in the 18-24 age range. They will be 23-29 in the next WC cycle - basically hitting their prime / most productive years. Including anyone currently over 27 or so should be looked at very closely. They will most likely be really declining by the time the next cycle roles around and may have taken a spot which would have been much better filled with a younger player needing the experience. We may need one or two of those very seasoned veterans, but looking at the guys in that age range, I am not sure any are all that inspiring to keep around.

Have a solid 4 years of those guy playing together for most / all the international matches and we could have a pretty cohesive unit that knows how to play well together.

[Post edited by RML Hoos at 10/12/2017 4:39PM]

(In response to this post by Hoos in da house)

Posted: 10/12/2017 at 11:21AM


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