Wanted: Team Captain
Since the fall season got underway on August 3rd, Minnesota United fans have seen three different players wear the captain’s armband during the team’s two matches. And according to head coach Manny Lagos, there is a good chance that trend will continue as the team moves forward after losing long-time captain Kyle Altman at the end of the spring season.
“The issue of the captaincy is that we had a steady captain for years,” he said. “And the reality is, that’s just the fluff. Leadership comes from action and the group itself, these first two games, has really said that they need to become more of a unit. It’s easy to talk about those things but the action is what you do both on the field and in the week of training.”
Brian Kallman started the fall season off by taking on the captaincy when Minnesota United hosted the Atlanta Silverbacks on August 3rd but a red card in added time forced the team veteran to pass along the captain’s band to Simone Bracalello before he exited the field.
Because of his red card, Kallman wasn’t able to travel with the team to Fort Lauderdale on August 10th, allowing Connor Tobin the opportunity to step up for the night.
Who will don the armband this Saturday at the National Sports Center in Blaine?
Likely a defenseman, Lagos said.
“It’s a little bit more of an organizational position and it’s more communicative than offensive players,” he said. “I don’t ever want to say that the club would ever shy away from having an offensive player as a captain. In terms of what we look at, we tend to look at [defensive positions].”
The decision-making process behind deciding the team’s next captain hasn’t been decided and the debate has taken a back seat as the team tries to increase team cohesiveness and build on their impressive 3-1 road win over the Strikers last weekend. It’s likely that the team will deal with the captaincy on a game-by-game basis
“Right now, we’re not trying to make too big of a deal about it because the reality is we need leadership across the board,” Lagos said. “We’ve got a lot of good older leadership on this team and I don’t think giving out the captain’s band will create that leadership, but I think the actions will. From that, I think we’ll have more of a rotating captainship.”
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