So I have done some poking around, as I tend to do. A couple folks who would know have assured me that there is no great hidden story to Sunderland boss Gus Poyet leaving Jozy Altidore out of his Capital One Cup final squad.
He was not injured, there has been no mystery spat with a coach, no message handed down and no punishment for any particular field transgression(s) against Arsenal. As boring as it may be, it appears this was just a simple decision made by the manager, and one that was not revealed to the squad until a couple hours before kickoff of their 3-1 loss to Man City.
And as such, my initial reaction stands.
- Greg Seltzer