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I’m by no means a soccer expert, but why did they play such old players when they have no future for the US making the 2022 World Cup. That seems like poor management.
Well, 6 of the 11 were 25 years or younger. One of those 25+ players was Bill Hamid, presumably the goalie of the future.
I didn’t really have a problem with the ages of the players. You want some veteran experience out there. If you throw an entire team of U21 players out there, they’d likely get destroyed, and you don’t want to shatter their confidence.
There were some questionable lineup decisions (Zardes/Morris), but there will be plenty of time to work some youth into the lineup. We’ve got well over a year until the next WCQ phase even starts. The name of the game is going to be getting different young guys involved over the course of the next year and seeing who performs.