Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A few things...

I'm sure you've been wondering what I've been up to today. I have been busy, but nothing major to report yet. And Bolton still doesn't seem to want to give me details about Stuart Holden, despite the fact that everyone knows he's there. Urgh...

#1 - Another quick couple of Americans Abroad notes of note from this Wednesday night in Europe: Eddie Johnson made his Aris FC debut with 11 minutes of a 2-0 Greek Cup win and Carlos Bocanegra made his first Rennes start in five games tonight, working all 120 minutes of a 3-1 Coupe de la Ligue loss at Lille.

And actually... now that I think about it... what if Stuart Holden is not at Bolton to trial, but to sign? And why aren't UK reporters asking Owen Coyle about it? Hmmm.

#2 - As you may or may not have heard, 1860 forward Kenny Cooper is having troubles getting back from a November knee injury that was supposed to keep him sidelined a mere three weeks. How much trouble? The club told me he was set to visit the doc in Dallas today to find out how long he'll remain out. If the prognosis isn't out by the time I get up tomorrow, I'll track it down.

- I know you're used to me chasing Americans Abroad scoops, but I'm trying to diversify. Therefore, a couple of quick MLS tidbits:
  • Seattle defensive handyman Nathan Sturgis is a free agent, but his agent told me that extension talks are underway with the club.
  • Former FC Dallas/Burn left-sider Chris Gbandi has sporadically been linked with an MLS return, but this time, it could actually happen. I've been told that several clubs have called the FK Haugesund defender's agent, who confirmed that there are no existing league rights and he is free to sign with anyone.

    So... let's play "Who Most Needs A Left Back?" - I'll take Chicago, Colorado, New York, San Jose and Toronto FC for $400, Alex. Now, we wait to see who grabs one in the SuperDraft and I'll re-guess from there.
#4 - The USMNT Blog has reports on a handful of minor camp injuries and an odd, rather funny care package received by the three FC Dallas players (Cunningham, McCarty & Pearce from... FC Dallas.

- Back to MLS, for more tidbits:

- My super fantastic mock-esque SuperDraft bit
- Troy Perkins returns to MLS (I'm guessing to D.C. also)
- FC Dallas officially has David Ferreira back
- Nick Green's feature on U.S. call-up Omar Gonzalez
- Crew Dispatch: Schelotto signed... possible trade(s)?
- WV Hooligan's final mock SuperDraft

By the way, all my eyes at the MLS Combine insist midfielder Tony Tchani was the event's star man. Was my mock-up speaking too soon? Will New York grab Tchani, leaving San Jose to delight in taking Ike Opara? Why am I talking like a Batman live-action TV show cliffhanger? One day to go 'til we find out the answers to all these questions and more.

Oh, and in a bit of bad news for fans like us, Houston Chronicle ace Bernardo Fallas has been moved off the MLS beat. Harsh.

#6 - Fox Soccer Channel is buying up Setanta rights and forming a second new channel for live soccer. For some folks, this will be a premium channel and for some it will be offered in a tier package.

#7 - Finally, good ol' Matty has hooked us up with an even better Landon Donovan debut highlight reel. This basically has everything he was involved in, with original Sky commentary.

- Greg Seltzer


Thomas said...


I don't watch mls very often so I haven't seen much of him and I know he's struggled a bit with injuries but I seem to remember watching sturgis with the u20s and thinking he has some potential is that the case or has he proven to be mls average. No European interest I take it?

Also, sky has an article up right now on Holden saying he is on trial with Bolton so coyle can stave off interest from Blackburn and burnley. Those 2 links seem to be recycled from earlier but it does confirm he is on trial with Bolton

Anonymous said...

If rumors of Chris Abright departing New England are true, I think you can add them to the Gbandi possibiity list . . . no? Alston can fill in for Heaps (already did last year with Jay sent the the left) but I don't know if Tierney or Igwe have the coaches' confidence as the solution.

That FC Dallas package was both funny and classy.


DM said...

Hot of the Soccer Insider press:

Perkins to DC from Philly for Fred + first round draft pick + allocation money. Opinion in the DCU fanbase is divided about 70-30 against the trade. Personally, I think it's a steal: proven goalkeeper with MNT experience for an aging midfielder and an unknown draft quantity (which likely wouldn't be a forward, where DC is uncomfortably shallow). It makes all the more sense to me when I remember that Salvadoran MNT midfielder Christian Castillo is on loan at DC this season.

Anyways, Greg, what's your take on this?

strago said...

I cant wait for FSC HD. Lets hope Comcast carries it and FSC+.

Good call on Perkins to DC Greg, I had a feeling Troy was coming back here to DC.