Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A few things...

I'll be back after I have lunch to fill this out with more, but let's start big...

#1 - AC Milan have won the Oguchi Onyewu race, seemingly coming from nowhere to sign the defender to a three-year deal. It's a stinkin' brilliant move for all involved, and frankly, Milan should have done it last summer.

Side note: And yes, if you insist on sending me emails to ask, I am currently spewing the most vile, evil language one could ever imagine in anger.

UPDATE: I'm still digging to find out exactly how this all went down. The local backroom chatter believes Milan swooped in this weekend as Ajax were ready to sign him, but I really want to know. Meanwhile, ESPN talks to former Serie A man Alexi Lalas about the move...



UPDATE UPDATE: It now seems that Ajax may have been hoping to unveil Ivan Obradovic on Monday, and not Onyewu, and that Partizan Belgrade pulled out of that separate deal on Sunday.

Martin Jol has already stated that 'the door was open' for Gooch
, so I'm just left wondering two things: how close actually was an Ajax/Onyewu deal and when did AC Milan come in? Hmmm. So much fun falling the twists and turns... who needs a soap opera?

#2
- I told ya Jimmy Conrad would be back in a USMNT shirt. Jack Bell of the New York Times points out how old he is.

Just kidding, Jimmy.

#3 - I got a word with U.S. defender Jonathan Spector, who was rather pleased with his overall Confederations Cup experience.

#4 - Free agent Canada ace Julian De Guzman has confirmed that Toronto FC are offering him a huge chunk of change. Hmm... I kinda think they need a defender, actually.

#5 - The Cal Poly Mustang covers Everton's now-completed signing of young American Anton Peterlin.

#6 - L.A. boss Bruce Arena says "meh" to the possible team chemistry blowback from NSC pal Grant Wahl's upcoming David Beckham book.

Oooooh I can't wait for my copy! I intentionally haven't even read the released excerpts to take it all in at once.

#7 - Here's a fun one: apparently, U.S midfielder Michael Bradley did confront the officials in the tunnel after being sent off in the Confederations Cup semifinal and was hit with a four-game ban by FIFA... only they've meted out his punishment in such a way that he may not miss any more games (he did already sit out the Cup final).

#8 - Finally we check in with a new Studio 90 Gold Cup report...




- Greg Seltzer

10 comments:

FS said...

They even got wrong the numebr of caps: it's 47, not 38.

strago said...

Whats wrong Greg? Don't like Milano??

Greg Seltzer said...

Hmmm. You must be new around here.

I'm Ajacied. And I want to break things right now.

DrewVT6 said...

WOW. I really hope he doesn't miss out on PT b/c of this move. But if he is playing full time this is AWESOME.

Greg Seltzer said...

Don't worry. He will get plenty of starts. In fact, if I had to bet looking at the current roster, I'd make him the instant favorite to lead Milan center backs in starts this season.

strago said...

Long time reader, not a lot of posts :P

Maldini played 30 matches last year in the league. So unless this new guy they got (Thiago Silva) is amazing; Gooch should get plenty of time.

Greg Seltzer said...

I was just alluding to the fact that I make no secret of being an Ajax man.

So, yeah, that's what's wrong. For a day or so, it seemed like he was almost signed. He's exactly what Ajax needed, too. Would have been a real coup.

amy said...

sorry greg :(

Denny said...

If he had Ajax and Milan to choose between, seriously? His agent would have been kicking and screaming if he had gone for the better fit. For him, it's publicity. There is no way Milan will have him starting by the start of the season.

A club like Everton or Fulham though, would've been perfect for his physical style and his publicity. Americans do well in england for a reason.

tom said...

Right. So let me get this straight, Mike is being punished for a technical violation of the rule against harassing referees; but the only game he really has to sit out is the one for the red card and even the additional ban was reduced by one game. It sounds like FIFA is taking the teeth out of the punishment on purpose.

Jorge Larrionda, your table is waiting.