If you haven’t seen Andy Najar play, do yourself a favor and check out a D.C. United match soon.
Then, lift your gaze to the sky, say a little prayer to your maker and hope against hope that things goes right, that mistakes of the past aren’t repeated and that this young, dynamic attacker lands in a U.S. shirt someday. Because that hasn’t always been the case in the past, and it’s far less than a slam dunk on this one.
I’m looking at you Giuseppe Rossi.
Quick Rossi primer before we go back to the evocative Najar: Rossi was born in the
Along the way U.S. Soccer did approach Rossi. Depending on whom you believe, mistakes may have been made by U.S. Soccer and / or Bruce Arena in the manner and tenor of the approach. Again, that’s a different debate better left for another time. At some point, it’s water under the bridge.
(Although I will say this: Rossi was left off the Italian World Cup team. Don’t you think he had some second thoughts as he watched the
Now back to Najar. (Click forth to hear about this kid ...)
He was born in
As sure as I sit here, Najar has something. I’ve seen him about 10 times now. He usually plays along the right side, and in some of those games Najar truly looked like the only player in a United uniform capable of scoring.
He’s fast, creative, confident and willing to work hard. He’s not afraid to chase down a lost cause, which isn’t always the case with dynamic young attackers. And despite being a small guy, he’s willing to throw his body around. Najar scored his third goal in 14 D.C. United appearances yesterday, and did so with his head off a corner kick.
Afterward (United lost at home to league-leading
But it also says something about young Najar. Let’s hope U.S. Soccer has noticed and will start finding the best way to fold this guy into the system at the earliest possible date – because I’m sure