Americans Abroad, 2020-21: The Kids Are Alright

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CCV has gone on loan to Bournemouth. This is the sixth time he has been loaned to a Championship club. His last stint went really well; I just hope someone buys him soon.

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The reports around CCV in Spurs camp are always that they really like him, but he always goes out on loan and rarely plays when he is around the team. It seems like a strange situation; it isn't like Spurs are flush with CB depth, so if they liked him enough you would think they'd give him a chance (as opposed to bringing in someone like Rodan) to play with the first team. Since they clearly don't believe in him at that level, I'm surprised he hasn't been sold off to a Championship squad or equivalent.
 

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Reyna, Pulisic, Adams, and Sargent are all starting at the same time. This whole "youth wave" thing is hard work.
 

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The reports around CCV in Spurs camp are always that they really like him, but he always goes out on loan and rarely plays when he is around the team. It seems like a strange situation; it isn't like Spurs are flush with CB depth, so if they liked him enough you would think they'd give him a chance (as opposed to bringing in someone like Rodan) to play with the first team. Since they clearly don't believe in him at that level, I'm surprised he hasn't been sold off to a Championship squad or equivalent.
Yeah, I looked it up and CCV hasn't played since the preseason friendlies, 9/5 was last game. His contract expires after the season so maybe a lower-end PL team will give him a shot after that, on short-ish wages.

He played for Spurs in 2 League Cup matches in '16-17, and other than that has never seen the field for the Spurs first-team in a real competition (assuming you even count that).
 

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Sergino Dest vs Getafe over the weekend:

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wAwdmhR7S0

The first thing that stands out to me is how tough he is for his size. He'll physically interpose himself with bigger stronger older players no problem, and has a great knack for getting position on them. He also shows his speed a few times there, and his close-control trickery that got him a lot of attention at Ajax. And then the clip ends with him taking a professional yellow decently outside the box. Dude is 19.


No highlights packages yet from the UCL match he played 90 of today, but he was a bit of a passenger on the one goal they gave up, which came from a breakaway that Pique was unable to stop that ended with him yanking the guy down for a PK (converted) plus a red card for his troubles. Dest (started at LB, played more of the game at RB) was trailing the play and didn't appear to give 100% to get back, though it might not have mattered.
 
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As context, the record for American minutes in the UCL is something around 1500 and they did just under 800 mins last year. I think a good near-term aspiration would be to consistently get to the Colombia/Uruguay level of minutes in the 3000-5000 range.

Of course then there's Brazil sitting at the top of the list at 20,000+, but one step at a time. Being "only" as good as Colombia is heady stuff for us already.

FWIW, I exclude EU nations from this sort of stuff b/c of the automatic inclusion of teams from domestic leagues.
 
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As context, the record for American minutes in the UCL is something around 1500 and they did just under 800 mins last year. I think a good near-term aspiration would be to consistently get to the Colombia/Uruguay level of minutes in the 3000-5000 range.
But of that 1500:

The U.S. record is still 1,547 minutes in 2012-13, when Michael Parkhurst and Sacha Kljestan combined for 944 minutes at Nordsjaelland and Anderlecht. Different era, this.
 

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We'll finally get to see The Kids play together on 11/12 versus Wales. Can't wait.
Wales has 3 matches in 7 days - US, Ireland, & Finland - the latter 2 being Nations League ties. Wales already has qualification sewn up, but Finland is only a point behind them for first place in the group. My guess is that we'll see a half of Wales' starting IX to get them some run and then the second string will roll in. Still, it's a good opponent for the USMNT to measure up against.
 

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Wales has 3 matches in 7 days - US, Ireland, & Finland - the latter 2 being Nations League ties. Wales already has qualification sewn up, but Finland is only a point behind them for first place in the group. My guess is that we'll see a half of Wales' starting IX to get them some run and then the second string will roll in. Still, it's a good opponent for the USMNT to measure up against.
And their starting goalkeeper is out until February, which I only know because he was Palace's #2 (Wayne Hennessey).
 

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Dest starts El Clásico. Jordi Alba is back at LB, so Dest is getting the nod at RB over Sergi Roberto.

Adams missed today's Leipzig game with a ligament injury that doesn't sound serious, but is still rather annoying. It's fair to be moderately concerned about Adams' durability.
 

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Dest hasn't been involved much going forward, but he's been really solid defensively. Handling Vinicius pretty easily so far.
 

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Not a pretty game for Barca, but Dest was definitely not the problem. Very good showing from him.

We get a half hour break, and then Gio and Pulisic are both starting at 12:30.