Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe has high hopes for the future. Following the United States' victory over rival Mexico, David Gass, Simon Borg and the MLS ExtraTime Radio gang asked Rowe about his role with the Revolution--and his expectations for a USMNT call up.
Rowe handled the questions with poise, confidently expressing his dream, and ultimately expectation, to join Lee Nguyen, Jermaine Jones and Juan Agudelo on the national stage.
After chatting about Agudelo's finish against Mexico--which Rowe described as "a little bit of Deja Vu--you've seen that touch before, when he's scored for us"--David Gass dug deeper.
"You've spent time throughout the years with the Youth National Team," Gass began. "Do you feel like this is your year? Have you had any conversations with Klinsmann?
"Obviously you want the opportunity, you want the chance. But it's all about consistency. You can't just have one good game or one good season...You know, Lee gets a call up after a great season, Juan gets a call up, Jermaine gets a call up, they're obviously looking at the Revolution and at its players. If I keep it consistent, I think I'll get the call up."
Borg continued by asking Rowe about his stats--and if he would need to put together a Lee Nguyen-like season to catch Klinsmann's attention: "It's going to be about numbers in the end, right? Is that where you want to make the biggest impact in 2015--having [Lee Nugyen] numbers?"
"I think the numbers help a lot, but if I'm contributing to the team in any way possible, I think a good coach like Jurgen Kilnsmann will find it. Whether I'm putting numbers on the board, or helping put zeroes behind the defense, he will realize both. The team will benefit more from that as well."
Borg prodded further, asking more about the midfielder's development in MLS: "In year four, what has been the most eye-opening thing you didn't know your rookie season that you know now?"
"Slowing my mind down on the field. In college, you can just about get away with anything. You can take a bad touch and get it right back. You have a good run of possession and you can find a way to beat a player or two. Here, it's a little different...I can't just go 100% forward, forward, forward--its just not realistic. So just slowing my mind down and letting the ball do the work is something I still need to work on. I want to get better and better each year."
Gass then asked Rowe about his club's culture, particularly in the Jay Heaps era: "What about your club. You've gone from a team that has struggled in the regular season, then went to the MLS Cup last year. Does the environment feel different?
"Everything is different. Obviously when Jay came in, he brought in a new core of guys. The addition of Lee [Nguyen], myself, Jermaine [Jones], Juan Agudelo, Teal Bunbury, Diego Fagundez, we have such a good core, especially with the defense as well. But as a group and as an organization I think we've grown. We've gotten a little more attention around here and I think the fans have been supportive, which has been amazing. They grow every year--you see it in the stands, particularly in the playoffs. There's so much more support."
Rowe will take the field on Sunday, when the Revolution travel south to visit the Philadelphia Union. Match kicks off at 5:00 EST from PPL Park.
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