Reality Check on the “Rebuild”
Posted by Mike Marshall on September 30, 2010
You know how some people have justified the giant pile of pig feces that passed for the 2010 Revolution as a “rebuilding year”? I’d like to give those people a reality check.
The league’s official web site is publishing a countdown of the 24 best players in MLS age 24 or younger. They’re down to their Top 10, and the only Revolution player to check in is Kevin Alston at #21. Here’s 11-24:
24. Dax McCarty, M, FC Dallas
23. Roger Torres, M, Philadelphia
22. Jack McInerney, F, Philadelphia
21. Kevin Alston, D, New England
20. Will Johnson, M, Real Salt Lake
19. Juninho, M, Los Angeles
18. Chris Pontius, F, DC United
17. Teal Bunbury, F, Kansas City
16. Tony Tchani, M, New York
15. Robbie Rogers, M, Columbus
14. Bill Hamid, GK, DC United
13. Tristan Bowen, M, Kansas City
12. Ryan Smith, M, Kansas City
11. Ike Opara, D, San Jose
You can hold your breath until you turn blue waiting to see another Revolution player on this list. It ain’t gonna happen. Spare me the talk of Sainey Nyassi and Darrius Barnes. They’re both decent players, but I, and I suspect most other independent observers, would rather have the likes of McCarty, Torres, and McInerney ahead of either.
Kevin Alston is the shining star of the “Youth Movement”, and he’s been pretty up and down this year. Other than him, would you bet anything that any one of New England’s young players will turn out to be anything better than an average MLS starter? I wouldn’t.