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Houston Dynamo boss Coyle frustrated at absent internationals

Owen Coyle has admitted to feeling an element of frustration regarding his players who are currently away on international duty.

The Texan club are without the likes of Giles Barnes and Jermaine Taylor (both Jamaica) and Boniek Garcia and Luis Garrido (both Honduras) who are representing their countries at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The fact that the MLS season continues during this tournament makes life difficult for the clubs who are fortunate enough (or unfortunate in this case) to have players selected, which has been highlighted by former Bolton and Burnley boss Coyle how never experienced this when managing in England.

"I've got to be honest with you, that's been a huge frustration," he told MLSsoccer.com

"Not just for me but I imagine every coach in MLS, whether they've been used to it or not. It doesn't make it any easier.

"In our case I think we're one of the most affected by it because we can have up to six internationals missing, so all of sudden you're 'Oh, I'm without four for the Colorado [Rapids] game; I'm without four for Portland Timbers.' It's not an ideal situation.

"I know obviously the calendar year it runs through the international dates.

"At Bolton Wanderers I had 14 internationals and not one ever missed a game. It is a source of frustration. Any coach will tell you [that] you want your best players to pick from. There's obviously games coming up now with the Gold Cup but we've got to move on with it, make the best of it; but I can't tell you it's an ideal situation because it's not."

The Dynamo currently sit second bottom on the Western Conference table but are just six points off a playoff spot ahead of the weekend's trip to seventh-placed San Jose Earthquakes.

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