Landy Says Give Buddle & Gomez A Peek

Landon Donovan was in New York for a EA-Gillette event….Gillette? Do we really want to identify Donovan with the likes of Henry and Tiger at this point. Say it ain’t so.

LD10: Groovin'

Beyond that Donovan was forthcoming and quoted as saying both Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez deserve a shot up top for the Yanks.

Donovan’s global statement:

“Taking a look at, absolutely. Why wouldn’t you? At this point, you would have to think everything is an option,” Donovan said. “Clearly I’m not the coach and I don’t make these decisions, but I always err on the side of caution. And what I mean by that is you take the players that are one, playing, and who are playing the best at the time. And I always think that’s the best formula. Now, not everyone sees it that way, but that’s my personal opinion.”

This shouldn’t be news to those that read this column.

What should be weighed from this is that:

a) Donovan is outspoken only really when we wants to make a statement (see Beckham, David…and a whole book)

b) Donovan is clearly acknowledging that both are of the class that they should be considered.


c) Donovan is sending just a little bit of a message to the likes of Conor Casey, Robbie Findley that they need to get in form.

Does LD10’s statement put pressure on Bob Bradley or make it easier for Bradley to call both?

17 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Paul on 2010/04/14 at 11:45 PM

    It is interesting to hear LD mix caution, potential WC strikers, and the Coach in the same quote. Bradley’s version of caution is to go with known players; current form is an important, though inferior quality. LD seems to argue that to go with the known but out of form player is more risky–an interesting take.

    I hope LD is being a leader and encouraging his fellow MLSers to better play; I hope he is also encouraging Bradley to try different, quality players–whether this is an attempt to pressure Bradley or make it easier for Bradley to call both doesn’t matter to me. I would think that it could be both–after all, this does not seem to be a case of an exclusive ‘or’ (–but I think LD would not want to put public pressure on Bradley.

    What it would be nice to hear from Bradley is why he failed to test his forward and defense pool as much as he did his midfield pool–Bradley did an excellent job of testing a variety of mids in the last few friendlies, finding Alejandro Bedoya, but failed to uncover any new qualities to ensure better forward or defensive play.


  2. I personally agree with Donovan whole-heartedly. I’ve discussed a great deal that I think Buddle could be a contributor for this World Cup. Gonzalez might be a little green right now, but I’d love to see him go through the camp at least and get the experience, much like Michael Bradley did in ’06. Gonzalez is absolutely going to be an integral guy in the next cycle, so you might as well start preparing him.


    • Posted by geoffersen on 2010/04/15 at 4:37 AM

      Gonzalez? This article is about strikers and the not-so-green Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez. I agree with LD too, but I humbly disagree with your agreement.


  3. Posted by Mike Cecire on 2010/04/15 at 2:51 AM

    I’d have to agree with Lando, too. With our strike force seemingly eternally harried by a finishing problem, red-hot goal scorers would be a welcome addition.

    Personally, I’d disagree on Buddle. He seems on point, for sure, but the way that Gomez seems to be sticking himself in there and taking advantage of every opportunity puts him up a wee higher on my ranking.

    But you can’t overlook the fact that Buddle and Lando are teammates now, something that Bradley, if he’s eying these guys (and I’d reckon from LD’s comment that he is, at least somewhat), will probably like. Existing chemistry between gamemaker Lando and a red-hot striker is tough to overlook, even if Gomez is on fire in a ‘better’ league.


  4. Posted by Matt Mathai on 2010/04/15 at 5:52 AM

    I couldn’t agree with Donovan more. Bradley isn’t looking to add players to a team for the long haul. He isn’t the GM for a club team.

    His job is to get the ‘best’ players for a one-month tournament. In that context, the best player in the world is no use if he’s going through a horrendous period of form. You HAVE to look at the players who are hot. Scoring is scoring. I’d rather take a a player to South Africa who can’t stop scoring goals than one who languishes on the bench on some high-profile European team.


  5. Posted by i like tuesday on 2010/04/15 at 5:52 AM

    Seriously, the only true striker we have that’s fit and in form and blooded at the full international level^ is Altidore. Why wouldn’t you give Buddle and Gomez a shot? Gomez does something important, even if it’s in the non-defense league: he scores goals, apparently. Buddle seems to be in better form than Findley in the race to win the MLS striker idol competition.

    ^ Non-CONCACAF


  6. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/15 at 6:41 AM

    My only question is why hasn’t Bradley looked at Buddle before? He’s 29 and had one cap in 2003. So he has not featured during Bradley’s management. Don’t you think Bradley should have given Buddle an opportunity to see if he can make the step up to international level prior to this – especially since Davies’ accident? It’s not like he’s getting ‘promoted’ from the U21’s because of last minute injury.

    My point is not whether he should or shouldn’t be included, as you take the best players available, but with only two friendlies left before the tournament, seems a little late ‘to be taking a look’.

    And yes, I am taking a pop at Bradley’s management (again).


    • Posted by Matt Mathai on 2010/04/15 at 7:38 AM

      Buddle has had a very uneven career, as well as some well-known off-field issues. He has taken himself out of national team picture, and it’s only his recent torrid form that has forced him into the discussion again.


      • Posted by Bob on 2010/04/15 at 9:44 AM

        Of course “taking a look” at players this late is happening to many international teams. Capello is supposedly going to give Adam Johnson a try even though he has no caps and was not on the team that played Egypt. He also gave Warnock a look in the Egypt friendly even though his only cap came in 2008. It happens bc of injuries so no big deal. Buddle and Gomez were so silent the last few years BB had no reason to give them a look prior to 2010. Now they are hot and worth a look … and then who knows? Davies is the big factor with both of them imo.

        This also begs the question that, if a player is not playing or dressing or playing at a high quality, should he be sitting at home come June? At the moment, Beasley comes to mind. If Adu is out of the question bc he is not playing on a consistent basis, what do we do with Beasley who did not even dress last night?


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/15 at 1:01 PM

          Adam Johnson has been on Capello’s radar for a while – it’s hardly a revelation . He did not feature in the Egypt game but was called up to the senior squad for that game from the U21 – where surprise surprise, the manager, Stuart Pearce is also Capello’s assistant manager. Warnock is a special case because of the whole Wayne Bridge nightmare. IMO, barring injuries, Capello knows at least 20-21 of the final 23 man sqaud. As mentioned in the Slovenia post, games are going to be tight and it might come down to one little bit of magic to open up a team, and England don’t have too many of those types of crafty players.

          If on the other hand Capello drafted in somebody like Kevin Phillips becasue he was “hot”, I’d be having kittens… That is a fairer comparison.


        • Pull the other one. You’re mythologizing Capello just a little bit here. The Egypt friendly was way back on March 3. Johnson was still in the Championship just a month before that. Obviously he’d been in the youth system but that’s not much longer than Gomez has been scoring in Mexico.

          What exactly is wrong with including a couple in-form players on the fringes of your squad at the expense of out-of-form players with bigger reputations? I think you protest too much. Even if it is last minute, it’s still not exactly pulling a Sven and selecting Walcott based solely on reputation. Johnson has impressed in the Premier League, rather than existing solely in whispers of potential greatness.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/15 at 2:18 PM

          Capello had been eyeing up Johnson last year before Boro got relegated (and I am surprised that he didn’t get bought in the summer transfer window). Capello doesn’t do Championship or MLS – we know this. Johnson has done well for City and has probably earned a call up. My point is that it hasn’t come out of the blue.


        • Agreed. Any player coming through that country’s youth system is not “out of the blue”.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/15 at 9:51 AM

        Do you honestly think he is good enough to make the step up to international football? And regarding ‘scoring is scoring’, what about Forlan, Shevchenko, Keane, Berbatov, Owen, Jeffers, Rush… My point is that it is not as simple as that. IMO it’s all about players fitting into a system, which is why all the above have “failed”.


        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/15 at 9:58 AM

          George…we all know a better question is…

          “Who the does the US have to step into international soccer up top?”

          Not a whole lot of answers there.

          Remember, we brought both Brian Ching and a very inexperience MLS ace in Eddie Johnson to 2006.

          In 2002, we brought Josh Wolff….yes Josh Wolff and Joe Max-Moore who had fallen of a cliff at Everton that season.

          So we have a history of bringing players who have not made the leap yet to the Big Stage.


        • Who knows, George… it’s not like we’ve got loads of good options in that department. And it can also go the opposite way: remember Milan Baros?

          Buddle is pretty much a like-for-like with Jozy and he already plays with Donovan.
          Gomez seems like he might be worth having around when needing a goal.
          Conor Casey is the big strong target striker.

          Ching looks like he’ll miss it and if Charlie isn’t fit, you bring all of those three – if he is you bring 2 of the three. Bob gets to see them in training, see if they fit into the system, give them a chance as substitutes in the friendlies.


  7. Posted by Bob on 2010/04/15 at 6:46 AM

    I think the reason this is a discussion at all is bc of Davies and Ching’s injuries. No injuries then no Buddle or Gomez. Also, Findley and the rest just have not stepped up at the international level.

    I also wonder if the blogs are actually driving this story. There is so much discussion about both that these questions will emerge during press conferences, etc, esp. now that we are a month away.


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