“I know that for the first round of World Cup qualifiers in September, Gregg is going to want players that are in form, playing for their club every game and doing really well. And the fact is that if I go to the Gold Cup, I would miss all of preseason with my club. If I do that, then I won’t be playing the first couple games this season, and if I’m not playing during the first games then I have no chance of being called up to World Cup qualifiers."
-- Luca de la Torre
on his decision to pass up a U.S. call-up for the Gold Cup so he can start preseason training with Dutch club Heracles, for which his strong play in his first Eredivisie season earned him a call-up from Coach Gregg Berhalter
for the March 2021 friendlies. (The Athletic