Monday, January 26, 2009

"T" is for...


Train wrecks?

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh... transfers! That's what you wanna know about. Darn, and I just wasted all that time Googling photos of The Crash at Crush and Britney Spears.

Alrighty, this day will unfold in a very unfold-y manner, so I'll start now and add as I learn.
  • I have now learned why Antalyaspor backed away from out-of-contract Houston defender Bobby Boswell: they couldn't clear a foreign player space for him (Turkish sides are allowed to dress as many as eight foreign players, with no more than six of them starters and and no more than two subs).

    In addition, it seems coach Mehmet Özdilek would generally prefer to use those slots on attackers, but club spokesman Servet Çavuşoglu told me they may well ring Bobby up again. Apparently, he made a very good impression during his visit.

    UPDATE: Glenn Davis reports that Boswell has inked a new four-year deal with the Dynamo.
  • Erzgebirge Aue trialist Kamani Hill is expected to have his final test when the 3.Bundesliga outfit face Energie Cottbus II in a friendly that kicks off in about 90 minutes (3 pm CET).

    UPDATE: Aue won 2-0 on an icy field. I have yet to see a mention of Hill in any report, but then again, they have all been quite brief.
  • In a talk with MLS Daily, Seattle prize draft catch Steve Zakuani reveals he could have opted to join Preston North End.
  • Toronto FC head honcho Mo Johnston admits at the end of this video clip that the team is looking to bring in Trinidad & Tobago-based duo Keon Daniel (United Petrotin/T&T) and Gregory Richardson (Joe Public/Guyana).
  • American midfielder Andrew Jacobsen has officially left Lorient, presumably to turn up at D.C. United (or another MLS) camp. He also recently trialed with Danish side Esbjerg.
  • The erstwhile San Jose attack duo of Ronnie O'Brien and Scott Sealy are unlikely to return to MLS this season. With most teams already having filled shortened rosters, both are looking at overseas options.

    Irish winger O'Brien is scoping the U.K., while Trinidad & Tobago forward Sealy is checking out the continent. I will post an expanded bit on this at Soccer365 in a while.
  • Former Sparta Prague and Chicago Fire reserve defender Erik Hort has signed with Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv (where former Brown defender Rhett Bernstein is currently on trial) through the end of next season.

    I will try to have a chat with the 21-year old Hort this week. Maccabi are struggling this term in eighth, but often earn an invite to Europe.

    UPDATE: Did I say "this week"? Shazam!
  • Brøndby training visitor Robbie Findley scored twice in 45 minutes of action in a 4-0 friendly rout of Danish second flighters Frem.

    In an interview (posted over at BigSoccer by Denmark guru Ceres), the Real Salt Lake forward says he is definitely coming back to his MLS club - but I have also been hearing that the 10-time domestic champs may be thinking ahead to a summer transfer on this one.

Okay... I feel very much like rotten death on a stick, so I must now put head to pillow under a pile of blankets. I may have more later, I may not. I will definitely post that O'Brien/Sealy article at S365 when I am again able to sit upright without wanting to keel over.

- Greg Seltzer

4 comments:

Chris said...

Thanks for the update on Boswell

Greg Seltzer said...

You bet. Sorry it took me so long, but apparently Turkish folks enjoy FANTASTIC holidays. :D

Chris Courtney said...

Get well Bro! Maybe the Distractor can take over while you are under the weather.

George H said...

Greg,

Hope you feel much better soon. We need you healthy for the stretch run.