Despite both being away from the Fire, both Logan Pause and Gonzalo Segares aren't missing any game action, as they each played the full 90 minutes in their national team games this past weekend. Pause, who got his first cap on Saturday night, started alongside Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman in the central midfield and did well in the U.S.'s 4-0 thrashing of Grenada at Qwest Field in Seattle. Logan even notched an assist in his first game for the 'Nats, springing fellow midfielder Robbie Rogers (of the Columbus Crew) on a beautiful long ball for the U.S.'s third goal. Check out Logan's assist (and other game highlights) at 2:24 in the video below.
"I dreamed about this my whole life," Pause told ussoccer.com on getting his first cap. "I was excited to get out there, and obviously a little bit nervous which is normal. As soon as the game starts, you get right into it. I just wanted to be able to contribute."
Logan and the U.S. team get back into action tomorrow against Honduras at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. It is somewhat doubtful that Logan will start again as Head Coach Bob Bradley just called in central midfielder Benny Feilhaber for tomorrow's match. I wouldn't be surprised if Logan got some minutes though and it is great to see him doing well with the national team.
Unfortunately, Gonzalo and his Costa Rican teammates Gold Cup debut didn't go as well as the U.S.'s, as they were upset by El Salvador by a score of 2-1. Gonzalo and the "Ticos" get back into action tonight against Jamaica at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Costa Rica losing their first match raises an interesting question for Fire fans though. Would you rather see Gonzalo and Costa Rica bow out early from Gold Cup (still not likely despite the loss in the first match) so Gonzalo could come back to the Fire quicker or would you like to see him continue to get valuable minutes with the national team against tough competition?
Though it's great to see Fire players do well with their national teams, I would love to see Gonzo get back to the Fire a little bit earlier than expected...