Logan Pause returns to Chicago

GOLD CUP PEREZ

Remember Logan Pause?

It seems like it's been a while since we last saw the central midfielder suit up for the Fire (mainly because it has, June 27th was the last time he played with the club...) but Logan has been keeping busy, playing with the U.S. National Team in their journey through the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Pause, who returned to Chicago ahead of the U.S.'s semifinal match against Honduras Thursday at Soldier Field, has been enjoying his time with the 'Nats, starting three of the team's four matches in the biennial tournament.
"It's been unbelievable," said Pause on his experience with the National Team. "I'm fortunate and grateful and it's an honor and privilege any time you get to put on the jersey that represents your country. I'm just happy to help contribute."

The 27-year-old defensive midfielder received his first international cap on July 4th when he got the start in the U.S.'s first match of the tournament, a 4-0 thrashing of Grenada.

"Getting my first cap was something special," said Pause who notched an assist in the Grenada game. "You dream as a kid to represent your country and to play in front of the biggest stage and that's what we're doing now."

U.S. Head Coach Bob Bradley has been impressed with Logan's play so far, and I expect that he'll reward the North Carolina native with a start in the semifinal on
Thursday night.

"Logan's been a real solid player for the Fire," said Bradley. "He's somebody who does a strong job in the middle of the field every game and I think he's been able to help our national team with the same type of effort."

But Logan (who called being away from the Fire for the past three weeks "bittersweet") wants more than to simply enjoy his first experience playing for his country; he wants to take home the trophy too.

"I'm thrilled and excited and just happy to help contribute," said Pause. "But we're here to win this tournament."

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Logan has done a nice job representing the Fire on the international level in the tournament. But what do you think about his performance with the 'Nats? Personally I'm happy for him, his first cap was a long time coming and I'm glad to see him playing respectably on the international level.

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  • Logan seems to be relaxed and playing his game for the USMNT the same way he goes about his job for the Fire. I'm excited to see him in action tomorrow night at Soldier Field.

  • Let's not kid ourselves, Pause looked good against Grenada, but he was awful against Honduras. He was like an impenetrable wall that kept the offense from moving forwards, he was easily the worst player on the USA side that day. I don't know how he did against Panama, I did not see that game, but his composite average for the game from Soccer365, Goal.com, Ives, and ESPN is average at best - 5.5 and his composite group stage number at 5.3 is only above Jay Heaps and Kenny Cooper, so he had been by all accounts one of the poorer performing players on this USA B Side. If he plays Thursday I will be interested to see how he fares.

  • good for logan. I think he is a solid but unspectacular player. I think he has been fine for the Nats, espcially in the 2 defensive midfeild that bradley likes to play.

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