BRIAN SCIARETTA - Sunday, March 18, 2012
The United States U-23 team was dealt a significant setback on Sunday when key player Josh Gatt was forced to withdraw from the team after being recalled by his club, Molde FK.

Gatt, 20, emerged as an important player for Molde last season where he helped lead the team to their first ever Norwegian title. Due to recent injuries on the team, Molde head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has asked Gatt to return to the team ahead of their season opener this Friday against Stromsgodset.

This is the second year in a row where Molde have prevented Gatt from participating in key international tournaments for the United States. Last year, Solskjaer denied Gatt's release for the US U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament and the US ended up failing to qualify.

US U-23 head coach Caleb Porter has until Tuesday to name a replacement for Gatt.
Friday March 23, 2012 8:28 am
Check out the performance stats for all the current u-23 defenders Porter is using, then check out Gatts stats. Goals. More than any of them. I think the USA got the short end of the stick on this one. We need a dynamic player in there that can produce against REAL European competition. Gatt makes it happen.
Monday March 19, 2012 10:17 pm
Thankfully, this is not really a setback. The current squad is extremely tight knit and vibrant, with Shea and Joe Gyau offering incredible wing options. What Gatt has got to consider is how much longer to stay at Molde. The club isn't in a difficult league, and is resistant to national team callups.
Monday March 19, 2012 9:19 pm
Can the coach, call the other coach and reach an agreement?
Monday March 19, 2012 5:37 pm
"Are bigger European clubs interested in Gatt? Will we see him in the EPL some day?" - Yes. He has been under the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson

"I thought qualifying for the Olympic torunament was the same as qualifying for the WC" - No. FIFA doesn't run the Olympics and sees it as a threat. That's why they don't offer international breaks for either qualifying or the tournament
Mike E
Monday March 19, 2012 3:14 pm
I thought qualifying for the Olympic torunament was the same as qualifying for the WC, in the respect that the club team HAD to release the player. This STINKS!
Cole Joseph
Monday March 19, 2012 12:49 pm
Well I was looking forward to seeing him play but the team will be fine without him. Also the an MLS team would never keep a player from the Olympics. So Agudelo is here to stay.
Monday March 19, 2012 12:04 pm
I view this as the glass being half full. If European coaches cant bear to part with their young American talent then this raises the stock for all of our players abroad which will pay dividends in the long run.
Monday March 19, 2012 11:48 am
Norway plays an MLS-like spring-to-fall schedule, although there is a short mid-summer break. I don't think clubs are obligated to release players for U-23 teams, unlike FIFA-sanctioned dates for senior teams. Given their woes (no scoring punch, no Luke Rodgers), could the Red Bulls recall Juan Agudelo from the U-23 squad?
Monday March 19, 2012 10:24 am
While Gatt is talented this is not a huge blow nor has Gatt been a key player for this U-23 team. He hasn't even played a competitive game for this U-23 team. The team will be just fine. Sarkodie is more than a capable RB, and who knows if Gatt would be starting on this team anyways. It sucks not to have him, but thats they the cookie crumbles at times. replacemnts: Garza, Ibeagha, S.Williams, Royal Fennel.
Monday March 19, 2012 9:00 am
Who has the power in these disputes? I can see both sides, but since we can't see Molde play, I don't have the same sympathy I would for an EPL or MLS team. Does Molde break in the summer and would he be able to play for the Senior US team in WC Qualifying? Interesting and brave how Gatt went to Europe instead of the college/MLS route. Are bigger European clubs interested in Gatt? Will we see him in the EPL some day?

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