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Tuesday morning links and a minor site update

January 19, 2010 Leave a comment
Ricardo Clark

Rico Clark: On his way to Germany?*

–Rico Clark just a medical test away from signing with Eintracht Frankfurt, reports ASN.

A final agreement has been reached on the Wizards’ new stadium. Great news for MLS if it gets approved.

–I haven’t written much about the Dempsey injury because my first instinct is to panic! But US Soccer Daily says there’s no need. And Intelligent Soccer has some good thoughts too–although I’m not sure I agree that losing Dempsey drops the US below Slovenia on the quality scale.

–An Everton man loves his new Lando.

The Shin Guardian. Just the whole site. It’s great.

–Please let me know if you like/dislike the new theme.

–School starts today, which means the glorious life that I’ve come to love to over the past month–reading and writing (and, uh, tweeting) about soccer, all day, every day–will now be over. Real-world responsibilities loom.

Still, I plan to cover the Union’s first season as in-depth as possible, and I’m hoping my workload won’t distract too much from this site. If it does I will start searching for guest bloggers to help keep the site afloat. So stay tuned future Union scribes.

*Photo: MLSnet.

Jeremiah White to Saudi Arabia?

January 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Multiple sources are reporting that Jeremiah White’s next team will not be the Union, or any team in MLS, or any team in Europe. Rather, it seems the winger is set on a move to Saudi side Al-Ettifaq. From No Short Corners:

Let’s begin with Jeremiah White, who seems to have been switched over to Saudi team Al-Ettifaq. The club owner also owns Qatari outfit Al-Sailiya, but has apparently decided that the American would be better suited for his Saudi crew. I am trying to reach Jeremiah for a confirmation and his thoughts on the matter. The Commandos currently sit 9th in the 12-team Saudi top flight, four points shy of extracurricular cup berths and six points clear of the drop zone.

Say it ain’t so Jeremiah!

Agbossoumonde does Syracuse proud–signs with Braga in Portugal

January 7, 2010 Leave a comment
Gale Agbossoumonde

Gale Agbossoumonde

Gale Agbossoumonde, the 18-year-old Miami FC and US U-20 national team defender, has signed with Portugese Braga, according to Yanks Abroad. Agbossoumonde started in every game of the U-20 World Cup last year and rumors have been swirling for months that Braga, who are tied for first place in the Portugese Liga, were interested in him.

Agbossoumonde was born in Togo, later fled to Benin, and then immigrated to the United States with his family as a refugee. He was discovered when the Syracuse Blitz, the premier youth club in the area, watched him and brothers playing at Barry Park on the city’s east side. Barry Park is a well-known destination among Syracuse’s large refugee population, featuring almost daily pick-up games (it’s also about a five minute walk from my house)

According to Yanks Abroad, Agbossoumonde will initially play with Braga’s youth team, but may be called up to play with the full side.

“Right now he’s playing with the junior team,” Clavijo said. “We’ve heard that he will be training with the first team soon. Everyone was surprised with him – first of all because of his [young age] and his size but also with the quality of his play. It was good news for us altogether.”

Michael Wheeler, founder and president of the sports agency, claims on on his Twitter accunt (@USSoccerAgent) that Agbossoumonde has been more than impressing scouts in Portugal:

C. Horridus would like to wish Mr. Agbossoumonde the best of luck in his Portugese adventure. And here’s hoping he continues in his obliteration of any and all strikers that come his way.

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As a side-note, Agbossoumonde’s older brother, Mawuena, is a freshman at Syracuse University and played in 13 games last season. I saw him play a few times and was impressed with is raw talent. With yesterday’s hiring of Hartwick’s Ian McIntyre to head the program, there’s good chance Mawuena will see more playing time this season, as McIntyre seems to be a far more shrewd judge of talent than his predecessor.

Mock drafts galore–various yanks abroad goodness–and, hey, Jen Chang’s still alive, and blogging!

January 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Mock drafts are coming out left and right (and are even being aggregated here). Just about everybody has Danny Mwanga going first. And why shouldn’t they? Ives Galarcep reported last week that the UnionĀ  pushed hard for the OSU sophomore striker to be added to the Generation Adidas class. So, unless this is some wicked deceptive smoke-and-mirrors tactic by the Union (or Ives was taking some Twitter feed a little too seriously), it sounds like Mwanga will be in a Union jersey very soon.

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In Yanks Abroad news, it now seems likely that Greece’s Aris FC will be fielding two Americans soon–Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson. This is basically both player’s last chance to impress in Europe, and let’s hope they both light fires under one-another’s asses. If Adu fails to see regular playing time in Greece, he should put his tail between his legs, take a pay cut, and come back to MLS.

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Landon Donovan has arrived at Merseyside and is all smiles–as are most American soccer fans. Optimism is running high on both sides of the pond as we anxiously await his first match, which may very well be as sub in the club’s Premiership clash with Arsenal this Saturday.

At Soccernet, Jen Chang analyzes Donovan’s likely role with the club.

I see Moyes using Donovan primarily on either the left or right wing to rotate with current incumbents Steven Pienaar and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. The other possibility is using Donovan in the hole behind the main striker as the primary AM option (Leon Osman has been used there recently). Having said that, since both Pienaar and Bilyaletdinov are comparable talents to Donovan, it’s unlikely he’ll be able to displace either as the starter from the get-go and will have to earn his minutes as a sub initially.

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Speaking of Jen Chang–hey, he put up a post! Yes, for a portion of this latest piece he waxes romantic about the future of Belgian soccer, which bores the hell out of me, but Jen Chang generally does not bore the hell out of me. In fact, he’s probably my favorite US soccer blogger–it’s just too bad he’s so absorbed with his editorial responsibilities at Soccernet that he doesn’t put up a post more than once every other week.

So, hey Jen, is there any chance you’ll pull an Ives and startĀ  your own, full-time blog? Please?

Today’s non-story Adu story–and a real Edu story!

January 4, 2010 Leave a comment
Freddy Adu

Freddy Adu

So today’s biggest story in the world of American soccer is really a non-story. Freddy Adu, less than a week after being linked with Greek club Aris Thessalonika, and a few days after being linked with Premiership side Hull city, publicly (and foolishly) contemplated his options on Twitter in a discussion with his former U-20 teammate and current Hull City striker, Jozy Altidore. To many, the discussions seemed to prove that the Premiership side really was aiming for Adu–a surprising move, to say the least.

Responses in the US soccer world were quick: Ives Galarcep put up a post almost immediately, taking the tweets as fact (“Adu reveals decision is between Hull and Aris”); the Shin Guardian (a fantastic site), put up a thoughtful analysis of Adu’s options; and soccer twitterers everywhere re-tweeted the story to a fairly absurd degree.

Later, as Adu-in-the-Premiership excitement subsided, it was apparent that not all was as it seemed. How could Adu, who has made only sporadic appearances for the national team, obtain a UK work permit? Why in the hell would a Premiership side pay 1.2 million pounds for a player that can’t hardly see the field for a mediocre Portugese side?

Perhaps Adu’s twitter page was not a fountain of no-need-to-verify truth. Ives appended the following parenthical pseudo-mea-culpa to his post:


(It looks as though Adu may have been having a bit of fun on Twitter with the Hull City stuff and may have been joking around about his Hull and Aris decision. So where is Adu really headed? The Aris reports have more weight than the News of the World report on Hull interest.)

Right.

In other news, the other -du suffixed American abroad, Maurice Edu, came on in the 13th minute in Ranger’s 1-1 draw with Celtic today. This is the real Yank Abroad story of the day. Let’s hope the young man stays healthy and that his teammate, DaMarcus Beasley, recovers quicky as well. Seeing the two of them link-up together for Rangers will be a sight for the sore eyes of injury-fatigued USMNT fans. And it goes without saying that both players, if healthy, could potentially be huge for the US in South Africa.

Best of luck to Adu–who I still thinking is brimming with potential–but right now, Edu is a far more realistic and exciting prospect for the USMNT.

Joao Carlos Pereira, Freddy Adu’s coach at Belenenses, given the sack

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Joao Carlos Pereira, who joined Belenenses as head coach at the start of the season and managed only one win in fourteen league games, has been fired, goal.com is reporting:

Liga Sagres outfit Belenenses have decided to part company with head coach Joao Carlos Pereira with immediate effect. Pereira got the sack following a string of disappointing results.

Pereira arrived at Belenenses at the start of the season on a two-year contract. However, just one win in fourteen league matches sees the Lisbon club at the wrong end of the table facing a battle against relegation.

The board hopes to have a new man in place by the time the players return from their Christmas break in the New Year. Dauto Faquira and Antonio Conceicao are two names that have been mentioned as possible successors to Pereira.

Considering Belenenses’ complete lack of anything resembling offensive creativity, let’s hope Pereira’s replacement at least gives Adu a shot. In his only recent appearance–10 minutes in a 2-2 draw against Maritomo–Adu played well, and would have assisted on a third goal had Lima been able to finish the golden opportunity that Adu provided him.

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DaMarcus Beasley’s goal + assist vs. Motherwell

December 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Yesterday I was busy eating lasagna and decorating Christmas trees, so I missed most of the day’s action, including Beasley’s 2nd(!) goal and assist combo in as many games for Rangers.

So, for anyone else who was indisposed due to Italian food and Christmas trees (or anything else) here is the video of DMB’s goal (wherein he demonstrates that even at the age of 27 he is faster than most everyone else on the pitch, at least in Scotland).