24 Aug 2017
United States legend Landon Donovan believes the current national team requires more players like Christian Pulisic and Clint Dempsey in order to make an impact at the global stage.
Pulisic, currently at Borussia Dortmund, has showcased moments of magic during his initial career for both club and country, but Donovan insists that the USMNT should have more players of a similar kind - taking the vast riches of Argentina as an example. The likes of Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala often find themselves coming from the bench for Los Gauchos, and Donovan feels that the USMNT require at least four to five players who can perform on a consistent basis for the nation.
He told Goal.com: "It’s U.S. Soccer’s challenge. Argentina has six guys like that, and two of them don’t make their World Cup roster. We have one or two. That’s what needs to get better and it’s not necessarily a thing that one player just turns on. It’s, ‘Do we have that or not? Do we have those options or not?’ We have a few, but inconsistent. We need four or five consistently if we’re going to make it to the next level."
The Gold Cup was seen as a platform where younger players could get the chance to showcase their talents, and the likes of Kelyn Rowe and Dom Dwyer impressed in the group stages before Bruce Arena opted to shakeup the squad to bring in the experienced players for the knockouts.