Beat to the punch on this one…the only reason to read this post is the subtly different take.
A bit of U.S. Men’s National Team (Yanquis) news comes out of The Boston Globe’s report on Preston North End’s pursuit of New England Revolution striker Taylor Twellman (and I’ll get back to this*). Here’s that:
“In yesterday’s training session, Twellman was paired with New York’s Jozy Altidore at striker during a full-field scrimmage.”
OK, that’s it. Discuss. Sounds good? Bad? Are the players too similar (ha!)? My take: I’ve heard worse ideas by far. Given our current options at forward, I say let ‘er rip – and give it a few games, yeah?
Another interesting tidbit from the same article, one that gets to “my kind of players”:
“[Pat] Noonan looked sharp during the training session, pairing with Jeremiah White (AGF Aarhus) at forward. ‘Pat is a unique player, there is a cleverness in his game,’ Bradley said. ‘It’s a matter of him staying healthy.'”
Here’s a not-so-dirty secret: I have always preferred Noonan to Twellman, even as I can’t argue with a straight face that he does more for New England. But there’s a kind of weird savvy to Noonan’s game that, as Bradley points out, separates him from the herd. Who knows? Maybe that’s what makes his groin/other body parts go all funny. Still, best of luck to him with his health. Further, assuming his health holds together, I wouldn’t mind giving Noonan a long look with the Yanquis. Bring the weird, Pat, lead us to glory.
* OK, the Twellman thing. First of all, New England would be nuts to let him go; there’s nothing else to make of 101 goals in 177 games. Coming at it from the other direction, assuming he really wants to go, I wouldn’t hold a Dempsey-esque tantrum against Twellman; one gets the impression that’s what it will take sometimes. The bigger picture is that the man is in a deadly rut with this team; Twellman has done his part in the last two MLS Cups only to see things fall apart behind him. As such, I’d recommend a change of scenery, acknowledging all the while that this is not the thinking of a Revolution fan.