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Casemiro made last year’s Gundogans list, but let’s just go ahead and acknowledge the whole batch. Whether it’s Toni Kroos (31) scoring long-distance screamers in the Champions League, or Casemiro (29) winning 57% of his duels and every loose ball (his 111 ball recoveries are sixth in La Liga), or Luka Modric (36) thinking three steps ahead and playing “now you see me, now you don’t” with the entire Atletico Madrid squad in a key 2-0 win last weekend, the Los Blancos midfield is both old and absolutely spectacular. Let’s just go ahead and carve out a spot for all of them in the Gundogan Hall of Fame.

But, on Wednesday, Dike made Berhalter’s decision at the striker position just a little bit harder by showing exactly why many see him as the USMNT’s No.9 of the present and future.

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It was Dike’s first signature moment in a USMNT shirt, and it’s fair to expect it won’t be his last. But it also was a moment that showed why many top teams in Europe are keeping a very, very close eye on a player that keeps getting better and better.

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