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Checking up on Robbie Rogers at Stevenage F.C.

Nov 25, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

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While U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann scans for help out wide – Brek Shea’s recent foot surgery and Landon Donovan’s career uncertainly have thinned the flanks substantially – one man who could eventually help is having trouble getting on the field.

Robbie Rogers, loaned from Leeds United to Stevanage almost three months ago, has recently recovered from a hamstring injury that had further limited his already sparse time at Broadhall Way.

Rogers did make a 67th minute appearance off the bench for Gary Smith’s club – Smith was the 2010 MLS Cup winner with Colorado – on Nov. 20 in a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth. The former Columbus Crew left winger was in Smith’s 18-man selection on Saturday but went unused in a 1-1 draw at home against league leading Tranmere.

Stevenage, which climbed into England’s third tier this year, is 7th after 20 rounds in the 24-team association. Smith’s club will need to climb into sixth by the spring to participate in the playoffs for promotion into England’s second tier.

  1. tylerbetts - Nov 25, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    I believe that if you look up “Phenomenal waste of potential” in a dictionary, you would see Robbie Rogers’ picture.

    I was a huge believer in the guy. Even as he sulked for his final stretch with the crew, I chalked it up to not liking the manager, having eyes on Europe, and being dissatisfied with recent club decisions. However, the more I see of him, the more I’m convinced he’ll never reach that potential. I don’t know what it is. Maybe he doesn’t put the effort in during training. Maybe he doesn’t have the drive. Maybe he was just a flash in the pan who can’t sustain stretches at his peak.

    It’s unfortunate. At his best, he looked like a real contributor on the wings at the international level.

    • joeyt360 - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      Meh, I think his potential was slightly overrated. He had a lot of speed, comfort on the ball only when no one was on him, and not much else. You can only get so far trying to cross the ball while still looking down at it.

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