Monday, November 18, 2013

11.18.2013: Did Columbus Misevaluate Bright Dike

Selected by the Columbus Crew in the 2010 draft, 12th overall from Notre Dame. 

To months later, not even being good enough to make the 28 man Columbus Crew roster; According to Robert Warzycha's evaluation.

To scoring against Italy today in a Friendly for World Cup bound Nigeria..

It's been an interesting road for Bright Dike. 

The strange thing is Dike hasn't even blown away MLS circles since then. Only grabbing 7 goals in 30 MLS appearances since being let go by Columbus.

In contrast, things have been much brighter for Dike with Nigeria, with 2 goals in 3 appearances for the Super Eagles. Nigeria is World Cup bound and Dike may now be in the picture.

Could it be that some players don't have success in MLS but shine and do better on a higher stage (think Herculez Gomez)? Or did the Columbus Crew miss out on a genuine striker that flew under the radar for the last three years?

Either way, it is pretty amazing that someone that just scored for Nigeria, that the Crew drafted in the first round, couldn't make the roster.

Especially when compared to some of the other strikers the Columbus Crew have given a chance and paid money to since then.


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