Tuesday, August 31, 2010

9/1/2010: Renteria To Take On Starting Role With Venezuela

The timing isn't great with the Crew needing all healthy hands on deck (with two vital games this week) and with Renteria's recent strong form. But, the Venezuelans have called up Crew forward Emilio Renteria, who could possibly spearhead a new 4-3-3 formation for Venezuela in a pair of friendlies against Colombia on September 3rd and Ecuador on September 7th, according to El Universal:

With Arango, there are other players to go deep in the offensive aspect of the 4-3-3 scheme such as striker Emilio RenterĂ­a.

The striker has had good development with the Columbus Crew of MLS, a game developed by the Crew is very useful in the current tactical plans the burgundy wish to employ.

"Nothing gives me more enthusiasm to be back with the burgundy, now we are starting a new cycle for the Copa America and a World Cup, I'm eagerly waiting for that call and I am very happy to be here again," said Emilio Renteria.

Crewture's take: Good on Renteria for getting another deserved call up with Venezuela; but I'm unsure why Warzycha would let one of his vital players go when there is so much to lose with any loss this season and the Crew have already racked up so many injuries. The Crew should be looking to win both their U.S. Open Cup semifinal and regular season matches against D.C. United this week, both are vital games, and winning both will be definitely harder to achieve without a peaking Renteria on the pitch.

Instead of saying "that's great, go ahead with your national team in a friendly while we struggle with some games that count for everything." Couldn't the Crew just demand that Renteria just play in the Tuesday game against Ecuador, after the two Crew games against D.C. United this week? If Schalke can deny a first U.S. cap for Jermaine Jones against Brazil; you would think (even despite the fact were not a top Bundesliga side) that the Crew could get an agreement to have Renteria just run out for the Ecuador game next Tuesday. Especially since Renteria will only likely play in one of the two Venezuelan friendlies anyways.


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