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Toronto FC in the USMNT recap

Marky Delgado had to do without his club teammates on the international scene this time

Italy v USA - International Friendly Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Marky Delgado was the only call-up from Toronto FC to the USMNT for this round of international play. In the past year or so, it wasn't uncommon for the U.S. to call up the likes of Delgado as well as his club teammates Alex Bono, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.

Delgado did not feature as the USMNT put on a dismal display against England on November 5. England ran out 3-0 winners on the night and put on a clinic against the Americans.

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The second friendly of this international break saw the U.S. take on Italy in Belgium. Delgado got the nod for this game and featured in a midfield trio for about an hour before making way for Wil Trapp. While Delgado was on the pitch there wasn’t much to write home about. The USMNT struggled to get any foothold in the game and were fortunate to see a 0-0 scoreline at halftime. Delgado played his usual part in shielding the backline and produced a mild, unforgettable performance.

All said and done I don't think this round of international play helped or hurt Delgado’s international stock. While he remains in the thick of the competition, a starting role is by no means a given and he still has work to do on the international front.

On a separate note, the international futures of Bono, Bradley and Altidore hang in the balance. Unfortunately Bono’s poor run of club form coincides with the emergence of fellow USMNT goalkeepers Zack Steffen and Ethan Horvath. Steffen continues to look like the number one of the future and Horvath made several remarkable stops to keep the Italians scoreless until the 94th minute in the recent 0-1 loss. Both bode poorly for Bono’s international future.

Bradley and Altidore have more or less been dropped due to age as the U.S. continues to look for its new identity. Bradley (31 years old) and Altidore (29 years old) would be ancient compared to the rest of the current U.S. squad. For reference, the U.S. starting 11 against Italy had a record average age of 22 years and 71 days. Not to mention by the next World Cup in 2022, Bradley would be pushing 35 with Altidore around 33 years old. Is it the end of this duo in a USMNT shirt? Not necessarily, but both of them are easily past their prime and would likely only feature in a veteran/experienced leadership role.