With the transfer window a couple of weeks away, there will be lots of rumors about players moving clubs. With February qualifiers not too far away, there will be players in (as well as on the buddle) of the USMNT player pool that will be making moves. Instead of creating a laundry list of players that should leave or join MLS, I decided to focus on one player for each category.
Who should join MLS to enhance his status and in turn enhance the USMNT Player Pool: Dominic Cervi
Dominic passed the MLS several years ago and earned a contract with Scottish Powerhouse, Celtic. While it was a cool accomplishment to earn a contract with the team, he ultimately never saw playing time and barely made the gameday roster. He’s still pretty young (26) so he needs to prove himself domestically to see if he can earn a shot with the USMNT.
Who should leave MLS to enhance his status and in turn enhance the USMNT Player Pool: Dan Kennedy
Dan is somewhat of a late bloomer if he were to make the USMNT player pool. Since cementing a starting role of Chivas USA, he’s performed really well. Since he’s 30, he needs to go abroad if he’s going to make an argument to be included in the USMNT player pool. The one advantage about his age is that keepers have a much longer shelf life than other positions on the pitch. Rimando is pretty old, and Hamid + Johnson are still young enough that they can be taken more seriously for the 2018 WC cycle. The time is now for Dan to jump.
Be on the look out for the next part of this series as I’ll explore the same question with defenders.