The Columbus Crew take on the Portland Timbers in MLS Cup this weekend (Sunday, 4 p.m., ESPN). Along with the newly-capped Darlington Nagbe, who has already drawn praise from Jurgen Klinsmann, there's another player featuring in this match that United States Men's National Team supporters should be focused on.
U.S. U-23 and Crew midfielder Wil Trapp had a tremendous season and that stellar play has carried over into the postseason.
After his side eliminated the Supporters' Shield-winning New York Red Bulls on Sunday, one of the best players to ever play the sport, Thierry Henry, had nothing but compliments for the 22-year-old. The former Red Bull called Trapp the key to the Crew's victory and said he has a bright future among other praise. Watch the full comments below. (EDIT: Apparently this is an old video from last season, but Henry said it and loves him. So should you.)
With the USMNT player pool in such disarray, a player like Wil Trapp, who possesses superb technical quality, confidence and the ability to pick out a pass, is primed for a serious look from Klinsmann.
If the January camp occurs, there's almost no doubt that Trapp would be a participant. The USMNT is very much in a transition phase. With so many positions and spots up for grabs, ignoring players with his qualities would just be irresponsible. When the Crew take on the Timbers in MLS Cup keep an eye on Trapp and see how he handles the spotlight. It might not be long before he's under it with the USA.