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Golazo 100: Alphonso Davies tops Concacaf reps, however why aren’t there extra USMNT, Mexico and Canada gamers?

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Because the Golazo 100 continues, the second group of gamers contains Alphonso Davies who was the highest-ranked participant in Concacaf coming in at 74 following one other spectacular season at Bayern Munich. The one different Concacaf consultant forward of Christian Pulisic, who got here in at 81, Davies is carrying the banner for each Canada and the complete area as he stars in Europe at solely 23 years outdated, however contemplating that he has gained the Champions League, Membership World Cup, Bundesliga, DFB Pokal, UEFA Tremendous Cup, and German Tremendous Cup, it is also onerous to disclaim Davies’ credentials.

Debuting for the Vancouver Whitecaps in July of 2016, Davies turned the second youngest participant to ever play in MLS at 15 years, 257 days outdated and he shined as a winger for them with eight objectives and 12 assists earlier than being bought to Bayern Munich in 2019. Whereas it appeared like Davies would find yourself being one other younger participant to be loaned out and perhaps by no means make it with a giant membership as a result of stage up from MLS to Europe, as a substitute he was transformed to left again and have become one of many prime defenders on this planet thus far, sticking with Bayern the complete time. 

his rating in comparison with Pulisic’s, one of many greatest variations is that Davies has logged 2000 or extra league minutes for the German giants in three of 5 seasons since turning into a full-time starter whereas additionally being integral to their Champions League play as properly. However what’s probably the most evident within the Golazo 100 is that the Concacaf illustration ends with Davies and Pulisic.

A area on the rise or decline? 

Throughout the FIFA males’s rankings, each the US and Mexico are within the prime 15 groups on this planet coming in at 11 and 14, respectively, whereas Canada do not seem till 49, rounding out the Concacaf representatives within the prime 50 nations on this planet. Contemplating the area’s efficiency on the World Cup in Qatar the place solely the US made it out of the group stage of the event and that no crew made it previous the spherical of 16, it is onerous to argue with these rankings and it did result in gamers being dinged within the Golazo 100 the place worldwide play is also an element.

Jonathan David, Weston McKennieAntonee Robinson, Chucky Lozano, and Santiago Gimenez have been the one different Concacaf gamers to obtain votes. Every are among the many prime gamers of their nationwide groups however a complete of solely six gamers in the complete area receiving votes reveals that Concacaf has a protracted strategy to go. There are theories the area is made weaker by solely taking part in amongst themselves which does not put together Concacaf nations for bigger tournaments.

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They’re going to have an opportunity each to fight that and get preparation for the 2026 World Cup within the Copa America this summer time the place they will face CONMEBOL’s greatest groups. If the US, Canada, and Mexico are capable of get out of their teams, will probably be a studying expertise that reveals that these groups can compete with anybody on this planet. If they can not, it is extra proof that they should enhance forward of a World Cup on Concacaf soil with out a lot time to do it. These are issues that may present the place Concacaf really stands as getting previous the world’s greatest sides will get extra of their gamers not solely overseas however into worldwide rating lists as properly.

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