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A Different Look at Americans Abroad

Ives and Goff both do an Americans Abroad every week.

I'm going to provide a slightly different look at it though. Below you will find the players on Goff's follow list that were not in the 18 this past weekend. We'll look back at their current seasons and see if that is an anomaly, or if it is regular. Maybe next week we'll look at guys in the 18 but did not play.

Dom Cervi - 0% available minutes, not on bench for Celtic in last two at minimum. ESPN lists him as Don, and hasn't updated his gamelog in nearly a month.

Oguchi Onyewu - 0% available minutes. Not listed by ESPN on Inter's AC Milan's roster
Jonathan Spector - 33% available minutes. Half those in a West Ham Carling Cup match back in August. No Appearences in Sept.
Eric Lichaj - 0% available minutes in EPL. 90 minutes in Europa League for Aston Villa
Jay DeMerit - still unsigned -but rumour is that he is on verge of signing with Whitecaps
Edgar Castillo - 0% available minutes. Not listed on U.A.N.L's ESPN roster. No gamelog available.  Appeared as sub in 4 matches. Will fully update later tonight

Oddly, American mids play.

Freddy Adu - 0% available minutes. Not Listed on Aris Salonika's roster. No gamelogs available.
Mike Grella - 4% available minutes. Not in 18 in month of September. Two appearences as sub. 1 of those for 4 mintuts for Leeds United.
Conor Doyle - 23% available minutes. Almost always in the 18 for Derby County. Only twice not making an appearence in 8 matches.

Players Play.

When MLS fans talk about expansion watering down talent they tend to ignore that even on the short lists of Americans Abroad, several KNOWN Americans aren't playing. They are buried in obese rosters that merely exist to prevent other teams from actually having talent.

When I continually point out that increasing rosters won't improve play on the pitch, it is because most guys past slot 14 in MLS, and probably 18 in most European Leagues don't PLAY even for squads competing in multiple tournaments.

MLS doesn't need larger rosters, it needs better rosters. There are plenty of ways to do that. Recapturing American talent that isn't playing would be one way to do it. Having a Reserve League so that the routinely mentioned players with "Did Not Dress" next to their name can actually hone their craft is another. Because past a certain age, it takes GAMES to actually improve a player, not just drills.

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