Eddie Gaven: A Score to Settle?


For years I have viewed Eddie Gaven as one of the most talented and potentially successful young players in US Youth National Team setup. Gaven appeared to be the perfect midfield compliment for the budding world superstar Freddy Adu. But something happened along the way to stardom for Gaven. It was called the Metrostars.

Like so many other players, young and old and coaches famous and not so famous the Metrostars were like a bottomless pit. Gaven didn’t simply not develop like other American youngsters: he regressed. Enter Sigi Schmid and the Crew filled with young players and with a manager who arguably is the best at player development in this corner of the globe.

Now Gaven is not only an MLS star helping to lead the Crew to the MLS Cup: he’s a viable midfield option for the US National Team going forward. The Crew has dominated this season and earned its trip to the MLS Cup. But the peculiar playoff systemof MLS has proven itself to once again give us a final particpant that is honestly unworthy: like in 2005 when a pitiful LA Galaxy team reached the final and claimed MLS Cup. The current Metrostars team (rebranded the Red Bulls) has reached the final and can claim the first MLS Cup for the franchise that has long been the laughingstock of North American football. But they have to get through Eddie Gaven and the worthy Crew first. New York is here because of the Crew: firstly the Crew played its reserves in the next to last regular season game with Red Bull won and then the Crew reverted to play their starters in the last regular season game which eliminated DC United and allowed New York to back into the playoffs.

Juan Carlos Osorio is a tactical genius at least by MLS standards.  He very well could develop a game plan to minimize Gaven’s influence on Sunday’s final. But count me among those hoping Gaven has a big day and settles a score with New York.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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5 Responses to Eddie Gaven: A Score to Settle?

  1. Mark says:

    Even by your low standards this is a remarkable piece. You basically say one team is worthy and the other isn't so the worthy team as you deem Columbus to be should win. You reek with venom and envy about the Red Bulls reaching the final and have to throw in the case about how they qualified blaming the Crew for playing reserves. A little hint for you for your next article on MLS Cup: the league does not put asterisks next to teams in the record book and nor should you.

  2. Cavan says:

    Eddie Gaven is a soccer player. He plays soccer. I doubt he's going to be thinking about his past experience in New York when he's playing in the MLS Cup. He'll probably be focusing on how to win the soccer game he's playing in. Maybe he'll reflect on his growth as a player some day after he retires.

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  5. matt m. says:

    Eddie Gaven is a cool guy. I went to high school with him in Hamilton New Jersey & played basketball with his brother Jim for several years. Please…. leave this kid alone! Let him develop & he might play in the world cup one day. So stop bashing him you loser!

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