Tuesday, January 1, 2008

No Rapids, Yes Cry

The US national team roster was announced yesterday for upcoming friendlies and there are no Rapids players on it. OK, it's a bit like saying "Huge Aircrash, no Americans on board" in that the fact there are no Colorado-based players is not the main point but it does raise a question mark over Pablo Mastroeni's future with the national team. Maybe he is injured, I don't know, but, coupled with the persistent rumor that the Rapids may sell him, this makes for unsettling times for the club captain. With Herculez Gomez presumably not considered because of his serious knee injury last season, it leaves Kyle Beckerman as the only Colorado link with the national team. His call-up makes the mid-season sale to Real Salt Lake even more sad to the hundreds of fans who still wear his shirt at DSG. Want to follow a national team with a Rapids player in it? Follow Bouna Coundoul with the Senegal team in Ghana later this month in the Africa Cup of Nations. Let's really hope he makes the final squad which will be announced January 10. The US national team will play a friendly against Sweden January 19 in California.


Allen said...


Anonymous said...

Mastroeni's quietly played himself into obsolescence. His veteran presence and quiet leadership was not enough to motivate his team to accomplish anything of note in 2007 and certainly nothing to deem a spot on a more competitive roster. The only thing I can imagine Pablo has lead the team in is injuries and penalties. Give the captain's armband to someone who can produce and let's stop honoring mediocrity by grandfathering in overrated players to the US squad based solely on their name recognition. Did Claudio Renya do anything for us in Germany 06?

Right now, Bouna is the only Rapid who has earned a shot with any national team anywhere. Pablo, prove me wrong.

Congrats, Beckerman. Good move, Bob Bradley.