Earlier Wednesday, we learned that Danish defender Oskar Bloch had left the Revolution II outfit and would no longer take part in the team going forward; when we received the match notes ahead of Revs II’s 1-0 win over Greenville, we saw that he wasn’t on the roster, and the Revolution Report Twitter account had posted Bloch’s Instagram post about leaving Foxborough a few minutes earlier. We don’t truly know the reasons why he has left after only four games outside of his post, but we can make some pretty safe bets based on his numbers, and what we know given our “from afar” observations.
Through the first four matches of Revs II’s existence, Bloch played in only one of them, the 2-0 loss to Orlando City B back on August 7. Bloch entered the match in the 77th minute to replace Ryan Spaulding, and was the third sub for Clint Peay that night.
Well, after that night nearly three weeks ago, Bloch’s usefulness as a sub must have worn off. He didn’t take part in the 3-3 draw against North Texas SC the following weekend — he did make the bench, however — and he didn’t make the squad Friday, either. With Peay electing to go with Spaulding against Richmond with Ryo Shimizaki on the bench, that was it.
We can only speculate, but we’re sure Bloch was frustrated by the lack of playing time. You come across the Atlantic, you want to play and make the trip worth it. That’s fair.
However, he was — at best — third on the New England depth chart when it came to right backs, just going by Peay’s recent deployment:
Like we said, Bloch made the bench in the game against North Texas, seeing as Shimizaki was on suspension. In that game, he sat and watched as the Fujiwara Brothers and Morris Matthews — all three Academy players — and Orlando Sinclair trotted out. In fact, Peay only made four subs that night, with Matthews replacing Spaulding in the sixth minute of stoppage time — four minutes after NTSC pulled level.
Against Richmond, Bloch did not even make the bench.
Again, we can only speculate. We cannot argue against Peay using Academy players at this level; after all, this is exactly what this level is supposed to be used as for Academy kids as a link from that level to the first team, getting minutes against better competition. It’s done in the Academy system, where for example a 13-year-old is put up against a 15-year-old just to see how they react and how they play.
Bloch’s departure leaves the Revolution II club with two right backs in Spaulding and Shimizaki. Joe Bell and Collin Verfurth have center back on lock down; so, too, does Academy prospect Colby Quinones at left back, given he has started the last three matches there. There are also a number of Academy players, like Cole Dewhurst of Lancaster, Nathan Metsack of Ashford, Conn., et al., all of whom being defenders and are listed as potential players who can be called into the squad at any time.
And if I’m reading the tea leaves correctly — and I no doubt am — Bloch wasn’t too pleased with this. Being a player from Europe, he has this ego about him, and to see several young Americans play ahead of him made him not react well to the situation. His ego got the best of him, and instead of making the best of it, he threw his toys out the pram and had himself a little temper tantrum.
Because that’s exactly what this is, a temper tantrum. You think you’re better than everyone else, and you don’t end up playing. So in the hours before the fifth match, you leave the club in the lurch.
See you, Bloch. We’ll always have those 13 meaningless minutes a month ago, and I can pretty much assure you no one will remember you — except for doing this.