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Uncapped for U.S. national team, Alan Gordon suddenly has a say about World Cup qualifying

Oct 10, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

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Who knows if Alan Gordon will get into one of the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches?

But at some level, who cares? What a fantastic tale.

The San Jose Earthquakes strikers is the rarer animal, uncapped internationally but available for a World Cup qualifier – quite possibly one that the United States must win in order to remain in the hunt for a World Cup 2014 berth. Ain’t that a kick in the head?

More common is for players to work their way into a coach’s trust through international friendlies or performance in lesser tournaments, the CONCACAF Gold Cup and such.

But here is Gordon, all 30 years of him, into the qualifying breach.

The appealing tale of a late-comer to the U.S. program isn’t lost on manager Jurgen Klinsmann, who selected Gordon in part due to the chemistry and spirit element. (Also, because he’s expecting defenses stacked up like a Tokyo subway at rush hour, and he might need a specialist in slammin’ and bangin’ near opposition goal.)

Either way, it’s great to see the humility of a guy who appreciates the opportunity and his place in all this. This is just his second U.S. camp, which means he’s been to only a few practices overall. Upon arrival in Miami, he was one of just 11 players available for yesterday’s initial practice. (Clearly, this is not ideal; file that under “is what it is.”)

A reporter asked Gordon if this was normal, to have so few players available for such an important practice? And  how about this for an awesome, perfect response:

“Well, I don’t know any different.”

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